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Featured books by Sarah Steward and David Small

Husband and wife team collaborate to bring timeless experiences to life through expressive, heartfelt words and images. Here is a selection of their picture books for children.

Books illustrated by David Small

Elsie's Bird

Elsie's Bird

By: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: David Small
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Elsie and her father leave Boston to begin afresh after Elsie's mother dies. Elsie takes with her a pet canary. It is Timmy Tune and a host of other animals that help Elsie turn "her house into a true prairie home." Lyrical language and evocative watercolors tell a touching story.

Once Upon a Banana

Once Upon a Banana

By: Jennifer Armstrong
Illustrated by: David Small
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

When a small monkey spies a banana, he leaves the juggler and starts a chain of events that create chaos and laughs for the reader. Careful readers will note that the signs, which rhyme when read in sequence, add to the humor of this nearly wordless adventure and bring the story full circle.

So You Want to Be an Inventor?

So You Want to Be an Inventor?

By: Judith St. George
Illustrated by: David Small
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ever wonder who invented the first dishwasher? How about Ben Franklin's inventions? Need and inspiration seem to be the basis of all inventions, a principle used to organize this fascinating glimpse of myriad inventions and the people who invented them.

So You Want to Be President?

So You Want to Be President?

By: Judith St. George
Illustrated by: David Small
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

One president was too big to get himself into a bathtub; another's legacy was unknown — but once more is known about the men who have become U.S. President, more may aspire to it! Little known facts about presidents are presented in lively tidbits augmented by Small's droll cartoons. The Caldecott medal winning book has been updated to include the current president.

That Book Woman

That Book Woman

By: Heather Henson
Illustrated by: David Small
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

High in the Appalachian hills, a woman comes every two weeks on horseback to deliver books to Cal's family. Cal has no interest in reading, but he wonders what could possibly make her long treks in the snow and wind worthwhile? Young readers will discover a moving introduction to the story and courage of Kentucky's Pack Horse Librarians.

Books by Sarah Stewart and David Small

The Gardener

By: Sarah Steward
Illustrated by: David Small
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A girl is sent to live with her taciturn uncle (a baker) until her father gets a new job. How Lydia Grace brightens the drab city and her uncle's bakery is told through a series of letters home and subtle, expressive line and wash illustrations.

The Journey

By: Sarah Steward
Illustrated by: David Small
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A young Amish girl takes first visit to the big city: Chicago. Every night Hannah sits down to write in her diary and share everything she sees in the big city — all the buildings and the people. She also shares her homesickness for the small rural town that is home. A charming guide from a young traveler.

The Library

By: Sarah Steward
Illustrated by: David Small
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Elizabeth Brown was different from the start. She loved reading more than just about anything else. When it was clear that her house could hold no more books, Elizabeth moved in with a friend and donated house and books to her town as a free public library! Elizabeth's life — from baby to old age — is revealed through jaunty rhyme and sprightly watercolors that evoke an earlier time.

The Quiet Place

By: Sarah Steward
Illustrated by: David Small
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Isabel and her mother hug Isabel's Aunt Lupita before they leave Mexico for a new life in the United States. The girl's gradual adjustment is revealed through a series of letters sent to her much loved and dearly missed aunt. Soft line and richly hued illustrations echo Isabel's experiences and emotions, including her special "quiet space" made of cardboard boxes.

Imogene's Antlers

By: David Small
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

One Thursday morning, Imogene wakes up with a large pair of antlers atop her head. Her mother faints but others in her privileged household find many uses for them. This funny fantasy is as fresh as when first published 25 years ago and is sure to delight a new generation of readers.

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