Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Books I'll Be Looking For in 2007

Books for children, written or illustrated by people I know in real life or cyberspace or both. I'll add to the titles as I find out about new ones. Thanks to everyone for sending me your book news.

Andrea Beaty, Iggy Peck, Architect, Abrams Books for Young Readers
Alfred B. Bortz, Ph.D., Physics: Decade by Decade, Facts on File (20th Century Science set)
Fred Bortz, Astrobiology, Lerner, Cool Science Series (Yes there's only one Dr. Fred but he can be bow-tied or sans, depending.)
Toni Buzzeo, Fire Up with Reading: A Mrs. Skorupski Story, Upstart Books
Shutta Crum, A Family for Old Mill Farm, Clarion
Audrey Couloumbis, Maude March On the Run, Random House
Jacqueline Davies, The House Takes a Vacation, Cavendish; The Lemonade War, Houghton Mifflin
Alex Flinn, Beastly, HarperCollins; Diva (paperback), HarperCollins; "Brainiac" (short story in Declarations of Independence by Donald Gallo), Candlewick; "The Cards that Are Hidden" (short story in Full House by Pete Hautman), Simon & Schuster
Phillis Gershator, Skysweeper, illustrated by Holly Meade, Farrar Straus Giroux; This is the Day! illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, Houghton Mifflin
S. A. Harazin, Blood Brothers, Delacorte
Cynthia Kadohata, Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam, Atheneum
Jo Knowles, Lessons From A Dead Girl, Candlewick Press
Joe Kulka, Wolf's Coming! CarolRhoda Books
Brian Lies, illustrator, Deep in the Swamp, by Donna Bateman, Charlesbridge Publishing
Christine Kole MacLean, Mary Margaret Meets Her Match, Dutton/Penguin
Rafe Martin, Birdwing (paper) Scholastic/Afterwords
R.A. Nelson, Breathe My Name, Razorbill
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, Carolrhoda
Kim Norman, Jack of All Tails, Dutton Children's Books
Barbara O'Connor, How to Steal a Dog, FSG/Frances Foster
Cynthia Leitich Smith, Tantalize, Candlewick
Gloria Spielman, Janusz Korczack's Children, Lerner
Tanya Lee Stone, Amelia Earhart: A Photographic Story of a Life, DK; A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl (paperback), Wendy Lamb/Random House
Kyra Teis, The Magic Flute, Star Bright Books; Illustrator, Words Are Like Faces, written by Edith Baer, Star Bright Books
Vivian Vande Velde, Remembering Raquel, Harcourt
Jennifer Ward: There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea, illustrated by Steve Gray (Rising Moon); Because You Are My Baby, illustrated by Sylvia Long (Rising Moon); Way Up In the Arctic, illustrated by Ken Spengler (Rising Moon); Forest Bright, Forest Night (board book, Dawn Publications); I Love Dirt! 52 Projects to Get Outside, Get Dirty and Enjoy Nature, illustrated by Susie Ghahrehmani (Shambhala Publications)
Jane Yolen, Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep with Heidi E. Y. Stemple, illustrations by Brooke Dyer, HarperCollins; Here's A Little Rhyme: Baby's First Poetry Book, with Andrew Fusek Peters, illustrations by Polly Dunbar, Candlewick Books (USA) and Walker UK Books (UK); Baby Bear's Big Dreams, illustrations by Melissa Sweet, Harcourt; How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?, illustrations by Mark Teague, Blue Sky/Scholastic; Rogue's Apprentice with Robert J. Harris, Philomel Books; Sea Queens, Charlesbridge Books

In travel book land:
Sandra Friend, A Hiking Guide to Florida's National Forests, Parks, and Preserves, with Johnny Molloy, University Press of Florida; North Florida & the Florida Panhandle: An Explorer's Guide, with Kathy Wolf, The Countryman Press

And finally, my 2007 title, Remembering Grandpa, from Boyds Mills, illustrated by Layne Johnson.

Here's to a year of rich, rewarding reading and writing in our little universe of children's books. An outbreak of peace in the wider world of grownup thieves and bunglers would be nice too!


  1. Thanks for the mention, Uma. You officially have my book up on your site before it's up on mine (no cover art for me yet). It always makes it seem so real to see it on your blog.


  2. When Dr. Fred started wearing tie-it-yourself bowties, Alfred B. Bortz, Ph.D. soon followed suit.

    And that has nothing to do with String Theory.

    Both of us say thanks for the mention, Uma.