Featured books by Barbara M. Joosse

Grandma Calls Me Beautiful

Grandma Calls Me Beautiful

By: Barbara M. Joosse
Illustrated by: Barbara Lavallee
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
Genre: Fiction

Grandparents and grandchildren share something special everywhere. Here the universal story of a grandmother and her granddaughter is made unique as it reflects their Hawaiian life and style.

I Love You the Purplest

I Love You the Purplest

By: Barbara M. Joosse
Illustrated by: Mary Whyte
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

A wise and loving mother reassures two brothers that each has a special place in her heart. Barbara Joosse's heartwarming text is beautifully complemented by Mary Whyte's engaging watercolor illustrations.

Mama, Do You Love Me?

Mama, Do You Love Me?

By: Barbara M. Joosse
Illustrated by: Barbara Lavallee
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

This story of an Inuit child testing the limits of her independence, and a mother who reassuringly proves that a parents love is unconditional and everlasting. Beautiful illustrations of Alaska and the characters convey the cultural richness of this timeless story.

Sail Away Dragon

Sail Away Dragon

By: Barbara M. Joosse
Illustrated by: Randy Cecil
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Girl and her friend Dragon long to visit Far Away. Their adventure takes them across the seas where they rescue a small cat from Bad Hats returning comfortably Home again. Imaginative, gauzy illustrations complement the rhythmic text (with echoes of Edward Lear).

Stars in the Darkness

Stars in the Darkness

By: Barbara M. Joosse
Illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In the imagination of a young inner-city boy, police sirens sound like howling wolves, streetlights look like stars, and shots fired by neighborhood gangs sound like those stars cracking the darkness. But when his older brother joins a gang, he can no longer pretend. With the help of his mother, he comes up with a plan to save his brother and unite his neighbors in a stand for peace.

The Morning Chair

The Morning Chair

By: Barbara M. Joosse
Illustrated by: Marcia Sewall
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Bram comes to America, he misses everything from Holland — his brick house and friendly neighbors and walks to the sea. Most of all, though, he misses his time with Mama in the morning chair. Will Bram ever begin to feel at home in America? Illustrations done in soft colors are the perfect match to this touching story about starting over from a child's point of view, which is based on the author's husband's experience of emigrating to the U.S. shortly after World War II.

The Shoe Bird: A Musical Fable

The Shoe Bird: A Musical Fable

By: Barbara M. Joosse
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family
Genre: Fiction

An absurd but satisfying fantasy based on Eudora Welty's only children’s work, is presented in lively music and narration.

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