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Doggone Feet!

Written and illustrated by
Leslie Helakoski,
Boyds Mill Press, due out in
March 2013.

Doggone Feet Book 
A dog's tale about life under the
kitchen table.

Coming in 2014!

Big Pigs
Written and illustrated by
Leslie Helakoski
Boyds Mill Press scheduled for
spring 2014.
Sibling piglets compete to see who is the biggest pig.

Fair Cow
ISBN: 9780761456841
Marshall Cavendish Books
Written and Illustrated by
Leslie Helakoski

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As Effie prepares for the state fair with help from a pig, she finds something is wrong with her hair, her shape, her tail and more.

Review from Kirkus:  Helakoski's first solo effort shows off her goofy acrylics, which are a terrific match for her frisky farm fable.  A good addition to collections in need of some new barnyard or self-esteem titles.

More Chickens!!!

Big Chickens Go To Town
ISBN 978-0-525-42162-7
Dutton Children’s Books
Illustrated by Henry Cole

The big chickens fall out of the pick up truck and are stranded in a scary new world--town.  Strange food, strange noises and strange birds make for an uproarious time on the streets of New Orleans.



Big Chickens
Dutton, ISBN: 0-525-47575-3
Illustrated by Henry Cole

Four fearful chickens go for a walk in the woods and allow their fear to get them in trouble again and again.  Ultimately they find they can use their chicken abilities to get themselves out again and again.  The unique language allows for lessons in opposites, alliteration and internal rhyme.

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Check out what other schools are doing with Big Chickens.
Big Chickens Project Blog 
Big Chickens Activities  


  • Winner, 2007 Michigan Reads! One State One Picture Book

  • A 2006 Junior Library Guild selection

  • Kirkus (starred review) 

  • Great Lakes Great Books Award 2007

State Book Awards nominee:

  • North Dakota

  • South Carolina

More Chickens!!!

Big Chickens Fly the Coop
Illustrated by Henry Cole
ISBN: 978-0-525-47915

The big chickens are back and this time they consider always staying inside the coop where it is nice and safe.  But to get what they want, they must face the fear-filled farmyard.

  • Kirkus starred review

  • Kansas State Reading Circle

  • New Hampshire State Book Award Nominee

  • Bill Martin Jr. Picture book award nominee


Harper Collins
Illustrated by Lee Harper

The fun-filled story of a sheep that bleats to his own beat. Everyone has trouble with Woolbur from the shearer to the spinner to the weaver.  Woolbur has his own ideas about being a sheep, will his family survive?

See what other schools are doing with Woolbur at this link.


  • 2008 Book Sense Hot Pick

  • Great Lakes Book Award finalist

  • Gift of Literacy Oregon Book Choice

  • 2013 Michigan Reads! One State, One Picture Book Award

 Nominated for following state book awards:

  • Vermont

  • North Dakota

  • Nevada

  • Florida (Honor Book)

  • South Carolina

  • North Carolina

  • Arizona

  • Washington

  • Nebraska

The Smushy Bus
Illustrated by Salvadore Murdocca
Millbrook Press (out of print but available on amazon)
The Smooshy Bus
Lots of math fun as a driver has to figure out how 76 kids will fit on
one very small bus.

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