Books by Virginia Kroll

MOSQUITO by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2011

"Better books about bugs or by this author are plentiful, so skip this one with a clear conscience. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Almost as annoying at the eponymous insect, this pointless picture book seems unlikely to find an appreciative audience. Read full book review >
SAYING GRACE by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Grace is, as her friend puts it, a "fretter." Read full book review >

MAKAYLA CARES ABOUT OTHERS by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2007

Though the message is what matters most in this series from—how we best ought to carry ourselves (honesty, responsibility, respect and forgiveness being some of the topics covered)—all the good intentions would fall flat without an appealing storyline. Read full book review >

GOOD NEIGHBOR NICHOLAS by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

The Way I Act series makes no bones about its mission: character development, with special emphasis on moments of understanding, of connecting the dots. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

The Hispanic tradition of the posada (a party and procession) is the structure for this introduction to counting in Spanish and learning a few basic Spanish words about Christmas traditions. Read full book review >

ON THE WAY TO KINDERGARTEN by Virginia Kroll
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

This cute-as-a-button cub has achieved a lot on his way to kindergarten. Read full book review >

EQUAL SHMEQUAL by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

Forest animals learn the many meanings of "equal" through a game of tug-of-war. Read full book review >

BOY, YOU’RE AMAZING! by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Boy, you're amazing, the things you can do!" Read full book review >

BUSY, BUSY MOUSE by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

The nighttime rituals of their resident mouse parallel a young family's daily routine. Read full book review >

GIRL, YOU’RE AMAZING by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

March is Women's History Month, a perfect time to release a book celebrating the amazing things girls do on a daily basis. Read full book review >

PINK PAPER SWANS by Virginia Kroll
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

Sitting in their city apartment's shadow on hot days, Janetta is fascinated by Mrs. Tsujimoto, who makes origami so quickly that cranes ``fly right out of her hands.'' Mama always says, ``Don't you be botherin' folks''; still, the old woman once gives the young African-American girl a paper frog, which she can't reconstruct after unfolding it, and later a swan, which she treasures all winter. Read full book review >

BEGINNINGS by Virginia Kroll
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1994

In warmly glowing illustrations and dialogue that exudes familial affection, sketches of six differently composed families. Read full book review >

A CARP FOR KIMIKO by Virginia Kroll
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Kimiko yearns for a carp-shaped kite to fly on Children's Day, like the one little brother Yukio has, but it's not the Japanese tradition: kites are for boys. Read full book review >

AFRICA BROTHERS AND SISTERS by Virginia Kroll
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 31, 1993

When Jesse asks why he doesn't have brothers and sisters, Daddy answers, ``You do,'' and tells Jesse's favorite story, beginning with the reminder that many of his eponymous siblings live in cities and have professions like those of people Jesse knows. Read full book review >

WOOD-HOOPOE WILLIE by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

Willie is one of those children who, wherever they are and whatever they're doing, raps and knocks, shakes and taps. Read full book review >

MASAI AND I by Virginia Kroll
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

``I felt the tingle of kinship flowing through my veins,'' reports Linda of learning about the Masai in school. Read full book review >