Jessica McBean, Tap Dance Queen

Jessica is tired of being teased about her size – skinny – and her hobby – tap dancing – by two boys in her class. She gets the last laugh when she teams up with her beagle, Elvis, and her bus driver, Ralph Zizzmore, and surprises everyone at her school talent show. Chapter Book, Blooming … Read more

Hush! A Gaelic Lullaby

From School Library Journal: “Gerber’s lyric quatrains in Hush! A Gaelic Lullaby smoothly tell the story of getting baby to sleep as a storm rolls in on a coastal Irish farm. Sister takes down the wash, brother gathers peat, mother brings it in, grandpa brings in the sheep, father fastens the shutters, grandma builds the fire, … Read more

Arctic Dreams

From Bookwatch: “Carole Gerber’s Arctic Dreams is cast in the form of a free-verse poem in which an Eskimo mother spins a story that takes her sleepy child on a journey through the Arctic. The mother’s vivid descriptions prompt the Eskimo child to imagine that he is part of every scene, experiencing the grandeur of this … Read more


From Booklist: “Using short, rhyming phrases, a little boy contrasts the wintry weather outside with the cozy comfort he’s enjoying indoors: ‘Outside the snow is piling up./Inside, hot cocoa fills my cup./Outside the snow surrounds a tree./Inside, a soft quilt covers me./’ Children will enjoy the short, rhyming phrases, which create familiar, concrete images. Accessible to … Read more

Firefly Night

From Booklist: “In this lovely story, inspired by lines from Longfellow’s ‘The Song of Hiawatha,’ a young Chippewa girl asks the wah-wah-taysee (firefly) to use its light to guide her home through the forest. . . . Lyrical rhyming stanzas are rhythmic and soothing; enchanting, luminous watercolor-and-pencil art, richly detailed, captures the magic and wonder of … Read more

Tales Of Old Columbus

Published by the Columbus Historical Society, Through Children’s Eyes is the first new Columbus history book for children published in 40 years. Within its 58 pages are seven historical fiction stories researched and written by the author. Each is told from the perspective of the main character, an 8-year-old child. Topics include a child’s experience with the … Read more

Winter Trees

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, … Read more

Spring Blossoms

“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. … Read more