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About Judy Sierra
"I write stories and rhymes to entertain children ages four to eight," she explains. "Also, because picture books are shared across generations, I always add a bit of humor and wordplay for adults. I'm very pleased when an online reviewer says they enjoy reading my books to children again and again."
Illustrators such as Marc Brown, Melissa Sweet, J. Otto Seibold, Will Hillenbrand, and Stephen Gammell have expanded her work's humor exponentially, creating read-aloud classics like Wild About Books, Sleepy Little Alphabet, Counting Crocodiles, and The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School
Judy Sierra lives in Oregon with her husband Bob and their library-card-carrying poodle, Keiko. Visit her (and Keiko) at judysierra.net
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Winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award
It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.
In this rollicking rhymed story, Molly introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading. She finds the perfect book for every animal—tall books for giraffes, tiny ones for crickets. “She even found waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter.” In no time at all, Molly has them “forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks,” going “wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.” Judy Sierra’s funny animal tale coupled with Marc Brown’s lush, fanciful paintings will have the same effect on young Homo sapiens. Altogether, it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
Foreword by Virginia Walter
Telling Stories With Pictures
Making A Flannel Board
Making Flannel Board Figures
Learning And Rehearsing Flannel Board Presentations
Using Flannel Boards with the Youngest Children
Using the Flannel Board with Children Five and Older
Children Telling Stories with the Flannel Board
Rhymes, Chants And Songs
Hey, Diddle Diddle
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Hickory, Dickory, Dock
Here Comes the Choo Choo Train
Two Little Bluebirds
Here Is a Nest
The Old Woman, by Beatrix Potter
Five Little Boats
The Farmer in the Dell
Little Boy Blue
Pop Goes the Weasel
A-Hunting We Will Go
Five Little Chickens
I Had a Cat
Hush Little Baby
Old Mother Hubbard
The Caterpillar, by Christine Georgina Rosetti
The Elf and the Dormouse, by Oliver Herford
The Owl and the Pussycat, by Edward Lear
The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile, by Margaret Wise Brown
This Is the House That Jack BuiltWorld FolktalesThe House in the Woods
The Gingerbread Man
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Old Woman and her Pig
The Rat's Daughter
The Three Pigs
The Little Red Hen
The Goat in the Turnip Field
The Fearsome Beast
The Bremen Town Musicians
Peace and Quiet
Master of all Masters
The Strange Visitor
Little Cockroach Martina
The Cat and the Parrot
The Three Wishes
The Rattlesnake, the Mouse and the Coyote
Soup from a Nail
A Bridge of Crocodiles
The Stone in the Road
The Miller, the Boy and the Donkey
The Monkey and the Crocodile
It's sleepy time in Alphabet Town. But the twenty-six little letters of the alphabet all have something they need—or want—to do before BIG-letter moms and dads tuck them in. Not since the classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom has there been such an appealing way to teach the youngest child the ABCs while providing a one-minute goodnight story. Of course, Melissa Sweet’s animated watercolor, pencil, and collage illustrations may beg for a little more time to match up all the toys with the right letters, and Judy Sierra’ s rollicking rhymed story will want to be heard again and again. Okay, so maybe it’s a three-minute story!
From the reviews:
"This guide is highly recommended."
Midwest Book Review
"Sierra provides an excellent introduction to each of the six Celtic languages that helps give an understanding of the cultural and religious background of the names. A useful contribution is the inclusion of pronunciation, a definite advantage ove many baby name books."
--ARBA-American Reference Books Annual
Recommended by Choice Reviews, American Library Association
Spanish Baby Names gives new parents choices of old and new names, along with the names' history and meaning. It is also an invaluable tool for genealogists trying to link regional variations of names, and nicknames, to official records of birth and baptism.
Judy Sierra received her Ph.D. in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA, and is the award-winning author of books for children and adults. She specializes in family traditions of naming, play and storytelling from around the world. Her 1997 "Celtic Baby Names" was noted as an outstanding name book for parents who want authentic names and meanings, and was recommended in Choice and in the American Reference Books Annual.
When Takoda the tiger cub happens upon a tumbledown mall, the lone cub imagines a zoo. All Takoda needs is a capable crew to lend a paw or two--or three, four, or more.
Two rhinos, three lemurs, four oryx, and eventually ten crocodiles turn up to help. Soon the animals are finding places to pitch in: bears are carving out burrows, elephants are stomping the way for a playground, and crocodiles are crafting a waterslide.
It seems everyone's got something to do--everyone, that is, except for ten eager bugs. Will they be underestimated for their size or will this be a new kind of zoo where everyone counts?
Judy Sierra's rhymes and Marc Brown's colorful, folk-inspired art lend themselves to themes of counting and teamwork in this new picture book all about how a tiger cub and a whole lot of friends to count on add up to one wonderful zoo.
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year, Outstanding Merit
"The creators of Wild About Books and Wild About You! again demonstrate finely tuned creative teamwork in this nimble tale about cooperation, inclusivity, and the rewards of a job diligently done."--Publishers Weekly
"Sierra's rollicking rhymes are fun to read aloud and listen to, and Brown's gouache and pencil illustrations give children lots of details to pore over. This rhythmic, imaginative romp practically reads itself aloud."--Kirkus
The Little Red Hen gives old MacDonald some pointers on composting — and a legendary farm is born — in this rhyming, rollicking read-aloud.
Once upon a time, Old MacDonald didn’t have a farm. He just had a yard — a yard he didn’t want to mow. But under the direction of the wise (and ecologically sensitive) Little Red Hen, Mac learns to look at the environment in a very different way, and whole new worlds start to bloom with the help of some mud, garbage, horse poop, and worms! Judy Sierra’s spirited verse, paired with Matthew Myers’s exuberant illustrations, yields a fresh take on a children’s classic, complete with raised-bed gardens and an organic farmers’ market—making this a perfect story for armchair gardeners and devoted locavores of all sizes.
Told in Judy Sierra's classic rollicking rhyme, and paired with Marc Brown's breathtaking folk-art style paintings, Wild About You! is another delightful collaboration from this New York Times bestselling duo that fans of Wild About Books and ZooZical will want to adopt for their own book collections.
Have you ever wondered how the great Dr. Seuss wrote his most famous book? Did you know that for The Cat in the Hat, he wasn’t allowed to make up the fun words he was known for—like OOBLECK and IT-KUTCH and HIPPO-NO-HUNGUS? He was only allowed to use words from a very strict list!
This bouncy account of the early career of Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Ted Geisel) proves that sometimes limitations can be the best inspiration of all.
Kid-friendly prose (with Seussian rhyme for Ted’s dialogue) and whimsical illustrations by award winner Kevin Hawkes recall the work of Dr. Seuss himself. Writing tips from Dr. Seuss and exclusive letters from the author and illustrator, detailing how they created this book, are included!