Illustration by  Frann Preston-Gannon

Illustration by Frann Preston-Gannon

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“A lyrical testament to peace.” Kirkus

The Bear and the Star

September 2019

Greenwillow Books, HarperCollinsPublishers

In this universal story, Bear gathers his friends, both feathered and furry, old and young, for a celebration of community and love.


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“Irresistible…sure to enthrall animal lovers.” - Booklist

Hidden Dangers

August 2017

Chronicle Books

These thirteen DEADLY CREATURES can be difficult to spot until you’re right on top of them…or they’re right on top of YOU! Look for each animal in its environment - AND LOOK CLOSELY! - and learn all the ways you could perish or survive - depending on how smart, well-informed, and good at running away you are.



“For the youngest readers and listeners, this is a simple but attractive introduction to nature’s life cycles.”

– School Library Journal

Because of An Acorn

August 2016

Chronicle Books

Enchanting illustrations show the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.

  • 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection


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“In this sequel to their excellent new-baby story, One Special Day (2012), Schaefer and Meserve depict a growing sibling bond between big brother Spencer and little sister Mia.” - Kirkus, Starred Review

One Busy Day

March 2014

Hyperion Books

All Mia wants is for her big brother, Spencer, to play with her. But he’s always too busy. With a little imagination and a lot of love, Mia might just be able to show Spencer that it’s a lot more fun to be busy together.

  • Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of 2015


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  • 2014-2015 Great Lakes Great Books Reading List

  • A 2014 International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice Book

“Concepts of counting and quantity are cleverly examined.” – The Horn Book

“As intriguing as it is gorgeous.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


September 2013

Chronicle Books

In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies. Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things that can happen in just one animal’s lifetime.

  • 2014 Junior Library Guild Selection

  • An Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book for 2014

  • An Outstanding Science Trade Book by NSTA/CBC 2014

  • Bank Street College 2014 Best Books of the Year

  • 2014 Baker’s Dozen 13 Best Books for Family Literacy


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“With a simple interactive text and thoroughly engaging illustrations, this book is a perfect blending of words and pictures.” “A special book for the special day.” - School Library Journal, Starred Review

“One would be right to question whether it’s possible to create a wholly original new-baby picture book, but Schaefer’s device of making the title part animal story, part sibling tale is a winning one..” –Kirkus

One Special Day

March 2012

Hyperion Books

Does having a new sister or brother make you into MORE than you already are? Spencer is about to find out.

  • ALA 2013 Notable Children’s Book

  • 2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year


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“Children are certain to find amusement in this charming story, which also subtly teaches them the importance of individuality.” –School Library Journal

Frankie Stein

January 2007

Marshall Cavendish/Amazon

Frankie Stein comes into the world on a bright, sunny day. He’s not at all like his parents. They’re scary looking. He’s cute. They try to make him look like them. They can’t. But he does end up being scary in his own way!

  • Children’s Choice Book Award (L-2), 2008

  • Mockingbird Award, 2009


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“This appealing work can be used as a read-aloud, a beginning reader, or a basic science book.” –School Library Journal

“As economical and vivid as the verse, Felstead’s artwork will enable children to visualize the island in each stage of development.” -Booklist

An Island Grows

January 2006

Greenwillow Books, HarperCollinsPublishers

This is the story of the birth of an island, from the first red-hot glow of magma at the bottom of the ocean, to the flowing lava that hardens and builds up higher and higher until, finally, it breaks through the water′s surface. And then, life, in all forms, comes to the island. This is a tale as old-and as new-as the ground we walk on.

  • Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book

  • 2006 Junior Library Guild Selection














The satisfying story of an adorable kitten’s search for security and his discovery of a new friend is perfect for children who, like Mittens, are ready to take their first steps on a new journey: reading.

All six MITTENS titles were published by My First I Can Read, HarperCollinsPublishers. They are all available in print and audio and, thankfully, entertaining young readers every day. Altogether there are more than ONE MILLION copies of these books in print and that number is still growing!

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“Based on a true story and told in unemotional prose illustrated with beautiful, airy acrylic paintings, this will instill appreciation for the beauty of birds of prey and their role in nature.” ―Kirkus, Starred Review

“Throughout the illustrations, as in the text, Hawk’s wild and defiant persona dominates, neither softened nor anthropomorphized. The result is a tale of courage and compassion, made compelling by its narrow focus.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


(only available in paperback)

January 2004

Henry Holt and Company

The story of an injured red-tailed hawk’s survival and freedom.

  • 2006-2007 Young Hoosier Book Award for Picture Book

  • Recipient of the 2007 Nevada Young Reader Award for the Picture Book Category

  • 2007 Missouri’s Show Me Readers Award

  • 2005 Zena Sutherland Awards for Best Text, Best Illustration and Best Overall Picture Book

  • Winner of the 2006 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award

  • 2005 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12

  • Listed on The Best Children’s Books of the Year 2005 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education

  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices 2005 from the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


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“The rhyming text is simple but clever, told in very short sentences with repeating sentence patterns and a catchy refrain.” –Kirkus

Loose Tooth

January 2004

I Can Read! Book, HarperCollinsPublishers

A young boy wakes up one morning to find that he has his very first loose tooth. But no matter how much he pushes, pulls, and wiggles it, it just won’t come out.

  • 2007 Garden State Children’s Book Award for Easy Reader

  • A 2004 Junior Library Guild Selection


  • On The Texas Library Association’s 2 X 2 Reading List for 2004

  • 2004 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts by the Children’s Literature Assembly

  • Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Honor

“Youngsters will want to rush out, buy some packets of seeds, and get their hands dirty.” – School Library Journal

“ . . . the simple, appealing text shows the basic progression of flower to fruit, and George’s inviting, realistic color art brings youngsters up close to plants that produce familiar foods.” – Booklist

Pick Pull, Snap! Where Once a Flower Bloomed

October 2003

Greenwillow Books, HarperCollinsPublishers

In the orchard

a honey bee buzzes.

Its legs brush pollen

inside a fragrant

pink flower:

A small green fruit

begins to grow

and grow and grow....

Peaches and peas

and even peanuts --

they all begin with

a single flower:


Open this book

and find out!


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  • Nominated for The Keystone to Reading Book Award 2003

  • One of the Best Children’s Books of the Year 2003 by the Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education

  • On The Texas Library Association 2 X 2 Reading List for 2003

“Schaefer and Wattenberg have created the essential water-cycle title for younger children, imparting solid scientific information (we’ll forgive the underwater dinosaurs) with memorable text and stunning art.” –Kirkus

This Is the Rain

January 2002

Greenwillow Books, HarperCollinsPublishers

You swim in it.

You take a bath in its,

You brush your

teeth with it.

You splash it.

You drink it.

You flush the

toilet with it.

It is 65% of you.


Where does it

come from?

Where does it go?


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“May be enjoyed as a poem or as a springboard for nature study.” –Kirkus

“This is perfect for story hours; also recommend it to budding ornithologists, who will appreciate the illustrated key identifying the birds pictured in the text.” –Booklist

This Is the Sunflower

January 2000

Greenwillow Books, HarperCollinsPublishers

First there is a sunflower.

Seasons pass…and soon there is a patch of sunflowers.

  • One of the Best Children’s Books of the Year 2000 by the Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education

  • Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award, 2000



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