Books

The Gifts of the Animals – A Christmas Tale

14th Oct 2019

Loosely based on a 12th century Latin song, this story imagines how the animals in the celebrated Bethlehem stable might have made way for Jesus’s birth. In realistic illustrations, each docile beast offers its own preparation in turn: “The ox that stands in the drafty shed/ drops straw into a manger bed”; “The sheep tear loose bits of their wool/ to make the bed feel soft and full.” A tired Mary and Joseph are welcomed in, and Christ is born before being set in the animals’ carefully prepared trough. . . Gerber’s gentle rhyme flows seamlessly, while Shimokawara’s softly hued art sets a peaceful, sleepy scene. . . . A sweetly wrought spin on the traditional Nativity story. Publishers Weekly, October 7, 2019

Gerber’s lilting rhymes reinterpret biblical text from the book of Luke, Chapter 2, verses 1-16 in the King James Version (reproduced in the back of the book). Within, the author imagines what the Nativity animals might have done to “prepare their stable for Christ’s birth.” . . .  Shimokawara glories in textures, making the whorls in the animals’ fur and the folds in human characters’ robes seem touchable. A handsome, imaginative volume for Christmas bookshelves. Kirkus Reviews, August 18, 2019

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If You’re Scary and You Know It

14th Oct 2019

If You’re Scary and You Know It! Introduces eight adorably creepy characters for kids to play and play with. . . the clever and enticingly impish rhymes will have them moving their feet, yowling ghoulishly, and laughing together. Gerber’s rich language and detailed action-packed storytelling are a joy to sing or read aloud and give kids plenty to imitate as they listen. In her delightful, spritely illustrations, Noël Ill replicates the eerie autumn atmosphere that adds to the thrill of Halloween . . . Ill’s diverse kids float, dance, growl, screech, and shake with the same enthusiasm as little readers. Published in a board book format, this book will also appeal to older children. Celebrate Picture Books, October 4, 2019

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A Band of Babies

17th Jun 2017

“Benny, a newcomer to play group, exudes energy as he toddles into a room filled with bored babies, whose eyes brighten with anticipation. After Benny pulls a drum from a toy box, his playmates follow suit, and Gerber’s story takes off—as do the babies. . . It’s an exuberant celebration of toddlers’ willful, can’t-be-stopped independence, and Gerber’s carefully crafted rhymes and Dyer’s cherubic portraits balance tenderness and mischief on each page.” Publishers Weekly May 2017

“All the babies in the group are waiting for inspiration when . . . a precocious arrives and stirs things up. He pulls out toy instruments, and the little ones bang and toot and form a parade. The exuberant crew heads for the market next door and grabs some food supplies, causing quite a bit of gleeful mayhem, tumbling items from the shelves. After eating all their snacks right there in the market—and leaving a prodigious mess—they begin to tire and . . . return to play-group headquarters for naptime. Gerber employs lilting syntax with bouncy rhymes that move those babies across the pages until they collapse in a sleepy heap.” Kirkus, May 2017

Named by Amazon as a Best New Book of 2017.

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10 Busy Brooms

21st Sep 2016

“A jaunty counting story as a witch with “a long, speedy broom” invites nine of her compatriots to join her for a ride. Though the rhymes often suggest the witches are in a degree of peril (“3 little witches zipping through the night/ saw a ghost haunt a witch as she jumped in fright”), Fleming opts for cuteness over creepiness . . . It’s an enjoyable celebration of witchy sisterhood.” August, 2016 Publishers Weekly

“This is such a cute counting book that’s Halloween/witch themed, but don’t worry — it’s super happy and bright and fun. My nephew loves it and keeps asking for me to read it again (and again and again). Beautiful illustrations — I love how each character is unique and diverse.” Goodreads Sep 14, 2016 Kendra rated it 5 stars.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ohio

4th Aug 2015

“Absolutely delightful and a perfect gift! Two stories emerge — one on the right side of the page with the details of the song, emphasizing Ohio. ‘On the first of Christmas my cousin gave to me . . . a cardinal in a buckeye tree.’ On the left side of the page, a detailed story is told of one cousin visiting another with lots of descriptions about places and events in Ohio. ”
Goodreads: Debbie rated it 4 of 5 stars

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Stingrays: Underwater Fliers

5th Aug 2015

“This nonfiction early reader gives facts about stingrays in an engaging, uncomplicated way. A mixture of photographs and illustrations complement the text well. This would be a helpful resource for student research projects, or a good leveled reader for middle-elementary nonfiction lovers.”
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Laurie rated it 5 of 5 stars
“Text is easy but not oversimplified, perfect for the target age and group of readers. Good information and pictures.Will recommend for library purchase.”

Trudi rated it 5 of 5 stars
“Loved it! Very informative and interesting. I’m fascinated by the ocean and its inhabitants. I did not know that sharks and whales eat stingrays. . . Highly recommending!”

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Tuck-In-Time

5th Aug 2015

“Bedtime rituals comfort and reassure a mom and her little one. Only the mother’s voice is heard, as she directs the action. She plays a recognition game first, asking her toddler to tweak ears, push nose, flap arms, clap hands and more. Movement and exercise are added along with some tickling and stroking. A pet dog mimics the actions with a toy rabbit partner, playing along with the humans. Of course, it concludes with hugs and kisses all around. . . A charming bedtime read-aloud.” – Kirkus Online, June 1, 2014

“A stuffed bunny cavorting on the endpapers as well as a puppy, bunny in its mouth, standing guard by a bed in the following scene, usher children into this delightful bedtime ritual. Mom is tucking her little one in for the night by engaging the youngster in activities identifying body parts. Of course, tucking-in wouldn’t be complete without a loving hug and kiss. example. Mom, at first invisible or in partial view, fills the last pages as she enfolds her child in a warm embrace.” – Marianne. School Library Journal

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Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!

4th Aug 2015

Selected as a 2014 National Council for Teachers of English Notable TitleClick here for Article

“Ideal for classroom use, this collection of short performance pieces introduces seed distribution, plant germination, the roles of roots and sunlight, pollinators and some familiar creatures. . . With short lines, Judicious use of rhyme and interesting language, the poetry works well.”

Kirkus Reviews, January 2013

“In the spirit of Paul Fleischman’s Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices (HarperCollins, 1987), Gerber presents 18 poems with lines to be read aloud. . . In an easy, kid-friendly fashion, the author explores relationships in nature. . . This collection will educate youngsters while showing them a fun way to read poetry.”
School Library Journal, January 2013

“This brilliant poetry book was written for two readers. Text is in two colors so readers can differentiate between the reading parts. Teachers could use this book to teach students about poetry. This book would also be good to use to teach students about fluency and prosody when reading aloud. This book would also be great for units about plant, flowers, pollination, bees and nature.”
Goodreads: Kristen Badger rated it 5 of 5 stars

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Leaf Jumpers

5th Aug 2015

Selected as one of 20 Choose to Read Ohio titles for 2015 and 2016 (http://www.library.ohio.gov/ctro) Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) spotlights Ohio authors and promotes reading across Ohio. Each CTRO booklist highlights selected books and provides free, downloadable, resource-packed readers’ toolkits for current and past CTRO books.

Recommended by the National Science Teachers Association Grade Level: K-4 “Vivid colors, rhythmic words, and enchanting leaves will entertain the child in every reader of Leaf Jumpers. In addition to its artistic value, this children’s book is a wonderful guide to deciduous tree leaf identification.”
Judy Kraus, Science Teacher, Hyde Park Middle School

“The crisp excitement that fall brings sparkles on each page of this book. Image-packed poetry and watercolor and linoleum-block prints introduce the various trees as they are observed by a boy and a girl and their dog. . . A great introduction to the season.”
School Library Journal

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Spring Blossoms

5th Aug 2015

“An ode to the beauty of the season, this book is a catalogue of flowering trees that will charm children. Written in rhyming couplets, Gerber’s spare text leaves plenty of room on the page for Evans’s luscious bursts of color, including all the fresh pinks and greens one would witness on a fine spring day. . . Given the new Common Core priorities, this book is a real plus.” – School Library Journal, August 2013

“The third in a seasonal series by Gerber and Evans, this picture book presents 10 different spring-blooming trees. Two young girls hold hands and skip out into a new spring day. “Spring is bursting out all over. / The sun is up. It’s warm. Let’s go! / Trees, so bare and plain in winter, / are dressed up for their yearly show.” Gerber’s gentle and informative text moves gracefully through the pages, providing descriptions of flowering trees. . .” – Kirkus Reviews, Feb. 2013

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Winter Trees

5th Aug 2015

Selected for the 2008 John Burroughs Young Readers List. “Winter Trees is an excellent addition to the distinguished books that have been added to the list in the past. The books selected for the list have to meet a demanding list of criteria that require that the book deals with nature with: Reality, Respect, Accuracy, Engagement, Enthusiasm, Beauty, and Magic. The Jury found that your book met all of those criteria.” – John Burroughs Association Young Readers List

Selected as a NSTA/CBC Outstanding Tradebook for 2009. “The uniqueness of the subject and the high quality of the text and illustrations have made this one of the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Tradebooks for 2009. This book would be a wonderful addition to any classroom or school library.” – Jose Rios, National Science Teacher Association

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