Featured books by Judy Sierra

Can You Guess My Name?  Traditional Tales from Around the World

Can You Guess My Name? Traditional Tales from Around the World

By: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Stefano Vitale
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Fifteen stories offer a window on many cultures and an introduction to comparative literature.

E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm

E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm

By: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Matthew Myers
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

When Old MacDonald tires of cutting his large suburban lawn, he gets a goat and then a very smart little red hen. When compost and manure are added — and in spite of neighbors' concerns — MacDonald has a thriving farm to everyone's delight! This lively, rhyming tale with its exaggerated illustrations just may inspire suburban and perhaps urban gardening.

Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat

Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat

By: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Kevin Hawkes
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

It was good to be a kid in 1954. There were nickel doughnuts and one-cent lollipops. At the same time though, learning to read was just plain boring. That is until Dr. Seuss came up with an idea! Straight narration and Seussian rhyme combine with both realistic and imaginative illustrations to present the story of how entertaining leveled books began.

Schoolyard Rhymes

Schoolyard Rhymes

By: Judy Sierra
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

Rhymes, games and even insults have been part of an oral tradition as long as there have been children, outdoor activities and playgrounds (remember “Liar, liar, pants on fire…”or “I’m rubber, you’re glue….”?). These lively ditties combine with humorous illustrations for a contemporary and playful look at a shared childhood tradition.

Tasty Baby Belly Buttons

Tasty Baby Belly Buttons

By: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Meilo So
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, Fiction

Uriko is small but brave, determined, and smart. In fact, she saves the town’s children when they are kidnapped by hungry oni, the ogres of Japanese lore whose favorite food is baby belly buttons. This lively retelling of a traditional Japanese folktale reads aloud well and is complemented by the illustrations, which call to mind the tale's Asian origin.

The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story

The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story

By: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Reynold Ruffins
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, Fiction

The Gift of the Crocodile, a tale from the Spice Islands in Indonesia, offers a colorful and dramatic twist on the universally adored Cinderella story.

The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School

The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School

By: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Steven Gammell
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction

The laughs begin even before a third grader’s science project – Super Slime – gets out, and things quickly get out of hand! Goopy, frumpy, and slightly gross illustrations accompany the rhyming text, and is sure to cause laughter as the school is almost consumed.

The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town

The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town

By: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

From A to Z, the 26 lowercase letters rowdily get ready for bed. Told in verse and illustrated with slightly eccentric but appealing mixed-media illustrations the letters bounce and cavort until the uppercase "parent" letters put their kids to bed.

Wild About Books

Wild About Books

By: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Marc Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

Molly, the bookmobile librarian, finds a new batch of readers and writers when she accidentally drives into the zoo. "In a flash, every beast in the zoo was stampeding/To learn all about this new something called reading." Lively and appealing illustrations show the fun Molly and the animals have as they build the Zoobrary. Also available in Spanish.

Wiley and the Hairy Man

Wiley and the Hairy Man

By: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales

Wiley and his mama live near the swamp; together, they trick the scary ol' hairy man three times, getting rid of him forever. A traditional southern tale has been retold for newly independent readers but loses nothing of the original's energy and suspense.

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