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New & Upcoming:

When the Rain Came Down (FSG March 2023)


Back to the Woods (Kiwico)










Gator's Big Mouth





Are Your Stars Like

My Stars?

Written by Leslie Helakoski

Illustrated by Heidi Sheffield

Published by Sterling Kids

2020 Ultimate List of

Diverse Children’s Books












“We look at the world every day.
You and me.
Do we see the same things?
Do you see what I see?”
In beautiful, evocative rhyme, this lovely picture book helps children consider the colors of their everyday lives . . . and imagine how others around the world experience the very same things.


Kirkus Review..., the book’s timely message of universality among diversity is a highly relevant one.


Rain coming down and communities rising up fill this beautiful book about flooding and people at their best.

A romp for those who love the outdoors and only want to GO BACK. Part of the Kiwico Camping package.

Why don't Gator's brothers listen to him about building a house that can withstand the winds and water from hurricanes?

      Woolbur Returns!

Written by Leslie Helakoski

Illustrated by Lee Harper

Published by HarperCollins, June 2018


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

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



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

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Big Pigs

Written and illustrated by
Leslie Helakoski
Boyds Mill Press

Sibling piglets compete to see who is the biggest pig.



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

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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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.


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

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

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.

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.

Fair Cow














ISBN: 9780761456841
Marshall Cavendish Books

(Available on Amazon)
Written and Illustrated by
Leslie Helakoski


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.

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