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Author Archive for Laurel Becker

Crybaby

Crybaby

Crybaby

Illustrator: Eugene Yelchin

In a quiet house

on a quiet street

a not-so-quiet baby cried…

W-A-A-A-A!

So begins this raucous read-aloud about a family who tries everything imaginable to help Baby stop crying. Children will love chanting along with this rhyming, cumulative tale as it builds in humor and frenetic energy right up to the hilarious ending.

Designed to reinforce reading readiness skills (prediction, phonemic awareness), the easy-to-memorize text is sure to delight and empower even the youngest “readers”.

Great baby shower gift or classroom addition. And a sweet and loving reminder to us all that it really does take a village to raise a child! (Preschool – 2nd grade)

 

 

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Reviews

Starred Review“Humorous, cumulative story that cries out to be read aloud. Every action is given a sound-effect description, usually two words, with the rhyming phrases adding up in a funny reverse list that children will enjoy repeating or acting out: P-e-e-u-u-w-w! / Peek-a-boo! / Hush, hush! / Rush, rush! A winning choice for reading aloud in story times and a fine gift for a family with a new baby, with or without a dog.”
                                                                                 —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

 

 

Wild About Us

Wild About Us!

Wild About Us!

Illustrator:  Janet Stevens

Would you dare tell Flamingo
he shouldn’t be pink?
Or Potbellied Pig she’s too plump,
do you think?

Join Warty Warthog as he highlights the unique features of his zoo friends in this joyful celebration of differences. Whether it’s Elephant’s long nose, or Hippo’s wiggly, jiggly, one-of-a-kind behind, or Kangaroo’s huge feet, the animals rejoice in their own, and others’ special uniqueness. Readers of all ages will be charmed and uplifted by this group’s unwavering confidence and compassion.

A fun and inspiring message that is sure to combat bullying, and bring out the very best in all of us. (Preschool – 3rd grade)

(Don’t forget to search for the fly that is hiding on each animal!)

Flamingo!

 


 Reviews

Starred Review“The rhythmic text and appealing layout make this a great choice for a read-aloud, and the content effortlessly prompts conversations about tolerance and self-acceptance.”

—Booklist, starred review

“Popping from animal to animal in snappy rhyming couplets, Beaumont shines in rhythmic play. Stevens, a master at animal portraiture…poses them peering directly at readers, almost as if to dare them to say anything disrespectful. Ultimately the animals conclude that they are glad for their differences. A gleeful look at self-acceptance.”

—Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review“This subtle commentary about accepting who you are challenges gender stereotypes and suggests true beauty lies in how we see ourselves.  A humorous rhyme that masks deep themes of self-acceptance and honoring diversity.”

—Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review

 

Where’s My T-R-U-C-K?

Truck

Where’s My T-R-U-C-K?*

Illustrator: David Catrow

“Shhh!” I hear my parents say,

“Tommy’s not himself today.

He’s lost his T-R-U-C-K!”

And no matter what Mom, Dad, Sis, Brother, and Grandma offer, nothing is as fun as his favorite red truck. Except maybe the hunt to find it.

I dont want jeeps or cars or planes,

or boats or bikes or trikes or trains.

I dont want green or blue or black.

I only want my red truck back.

Please help Tommy find his truck! PLEASE! His family is begging you!

A romping, rhyming read-aloud that is sure to get kids guessing, giggling, and spelling in no time. (Preschool – 2nd grade)

 

*T-R-U-C-K is meant to be spelled, letter by letter, when reading the text.

 


Reviews

Starred Review“From the very first spread…it’s clear that readers are in for a very funny encounter with a memorable personality.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Beaumont’s refrain promises that listeners will know how to spell “truck” by tale’s end and is perfectly paced for expressive pauses and exclamations. Catrow’s jam-packed pencil and watercolor scenes are masterworks of detail and humor. This is definitely a ‘read it again’ book.”

—School Library Journal

“Anyone who’s ever interacted with a young child who’s lost a favorite toy will immediately recognize this little boy and his single-mindedness in searching for his t-r-u-c-k. The rhythmic, rhyming text works well, especially out loud, as long as readers realize “t-r-u-c-k” means to spell out the word letter by letter.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“The author and illustrator team of Karen Beaumont and David Catrow do very well together depicting the messy realities of childhood. Catrow’s colorfully frenetic artwork and Beaumont’s flawlessly rhyming text will have children chanting along.”

—The New York Times


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Awards & Honors

2012 Selected for inclusion in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

2011 “Best of the Best” Reading List for Kids – Chicago Public Library

 

Shoe-la-la!

Shoes-sparkle

Shoe-la-la!

Illustrator: LeUyen Pham

Party dresses, party hair…

Need new party shoes to wear.

Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Claire!

Let’s go find the perfect pair!

Join the fun as these four friends step into their fantasies with each pair of shoes they try on, from cowgirl to rockstar to princess to bride, and more. After an exhilarating, but exhausting, shoe shopping extravaganza, the fashionistas return home empty-handed. What shoes will they wear to the party?

Readers are sure to delight in the girls’ resourcefulness, and their discovery that the very best shoes of all may just be the ones that come from their own imagination!

A celebration of friendship and fashion, with a great recycle theme, too! (Preschool – 2nd grade)


Reviews

“Pure fun, with a practical message, this title will appeal to the legions of Fancy Nancy fans and not sit on any shelf. The girls’ own considerable creativity saves the day. The sparkly book jacket is an irresistible draw.”

—School Library Journal

“Beaumont introduces readers to an almost infinite variety of shoes—buckled, bowed, tap, laced, rainbow-striped, leopard spotted, sandals, boots, shoes for cowgirls and rockstars. This outing, with its glitzy cover, is likely to appeal…to the creative side in every budding shoe connoisseur.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Author Karen Beaumont displays her considerable talent for moving a story along in jaunty rhyme reminiscent of her award winning text for I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!. It captures the ear with catchy sounds and fresh rhymes.”

—The Children’s Bookshelf


shoe-princess


Awards & Honors

2012 “Best Children’s Books of the Year” — Bank Street College

2011 Parents’ Choice Award