BOOKS

  Coming January 2020!
 
Do we see the world the same way? Beautiful verse highlights children identifying colors around the world, driving home the message that our similarities bring us together and our differences make us more beautiful.
Kirkus Review:...the book’s timely message of universality among diversity is a highly relevant one. 
      Woolbur Returns!

Woolbur is ready for school, but is everyone else? Woolbur takes on common fears of new students as only he can. HarperCollins June 19, 2018

Kirkus Review: Woolbur is an excellent role model of self-confidence and positivity.

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Doggone Feet!


Written and illustrated by
Leslie Helakoski,
Boyds Mill Press

 

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A dog's tale about a growing family and life under the kitchen table. Selected as best math book by Scholastic Magazine. 

Big Pigs

Written and illustrated by
Leslie Helakoski
Boyds Mill Press

Sibling piglets compete to see who is the biggest pig.

Fair Cow


ISBN: 9780761456841
Marshall Cavendish Books

(Available on Amazon)
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.

Hoot & Honk

 

Written and illustrated by 

Leslie Helakoski

Sterling Publishers

 

 A tale of two eggs placed in the wrong 

nests after a storm, an owlet and a gosling struggle with out-of-sync sleep patterns. 

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and get a signed copy from my local indie store.

 

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  

 

Awards

 

  • 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

Big Chickens Fly the Coop


Dutton
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

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.

Woolbur

Harper Collins
ISBN:978-0-06-084726-5
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.

 

Awards

  • 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)

Lots of math fun as a driver has to figure out how 76 kids will fit on one very small bus.