Featured books by Ed Young

Books illustrated by Ed Young

A Strange Place to Call Home

A Strange Place to Call Home

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Textured collage and paint illustration and various poetic forms are used to introduce creatures that live in difficult, dangerous places. Ice worms in "Frozen Solid," for example, "…If lurking in the deepest seas,/Why not between the glacial ice,/helped by their own antifreeze?"

Chinese Nursery Rhymes

Chinese Nursery Rhymes

By: Robert Wyndham
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

Rhymes, lullabies, and songs from the Chinese oral tradition have been translated and illustrated with softly toned watercolors evocative of Asian art. Children and adults alike with recognize the universal themes of childhood in these pieces.

Moon Bear

Moon Bear

By: Brenda Guiberson
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Lyrical questions and answers and textured collage illustrations introduce the Moon Bear and its seasonal habits. Additional information about this endangered animal is appended to add another dimension.

Nighttime Ninja

Nighttime Ninja

By: Barbara DaCosta
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

As midnight strikes, he appears: "Hand over hand, the ninja climbed and clambered." Just as the ninja reaches his target, he's caught by his mother with ice cream and spoon in hand!  Textured collage illustrations and spare language dramatically evoke a satisfying nighttime mystery

Sadako

Sadako

By: Eleanor Coerr
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This is a picture book edition of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, meant for younger readers. It tells the story of a girl dying of leukemia as a result of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

The Emperor and the Kite

The Emperor and the Kite

By: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Though largely ignored by her family, it is the youngest daughter, tiny Djeow Seow, who saves her father, the Emperor, from imprisonment. Handsome illustrations evoke traditional Asian art to create a memorable portrait of love and loyalty.

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

By: Mark Reibstein
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

Lyrical text and rich collage illustrations combine to tell the story of a brown cat named Wabi Sabi as he discovers the meaning of his name. As Wabi Sabi's journey unfolds so, too, does the reader's understanding of Japanese culture and sensibility.
Country of origin: Japan
 

Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

By: Ai-Ling Louie
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, Fiction

Based on an ancient Chinese story (which pre-dates European versions), a girl overcomes her wicked stepmother to marry the prince. Jewel-like illustrations by Caldecott medalist Ed Young bring this variation of the classic tale to life.
Country of origin: China
 

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