Featured books by Julie Paschkis

Eek! A Noisy Journey from A to Z

Eek! A Noisy Journey from A to Z

By: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

A mouse’s unexpected adventure begins with a sneeze (ACHOO) and buzzes on to a comfortable and quite unique place to sleep (ZZZ). This alphabetic journey is told primarily through vibrantly colored illustrations reminiscent of folk art punctuated by lively alliterative words and sounds.

Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems / Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales

Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems / Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales

By: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

Short poems about animals appear in English and Spanish accompanied by textured illustrations reminiscent of folk art. An author's note reveals that she is neither a poet nor native Spanish speaking but was launched into both Spanish and poetry when she discovered the work of Pablo Neruda.

Vivid: Poems and Notes about Color

Vivid: Poems and Notes about Color

By: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

What does pink call to mind? Something feminine? Something in nature? How about blue? Or black, white? Short poems and brief notes about what a color evokes are presented on illustrated double page spreads sure to generate thought, discussion, and perhaps art.

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Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella

By: Paul Fleischman
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales

Cinderella stories are found around the world; here, they have been fused into one tale with special characteristics in text and illustrations that reflect the different origins. Expand parts of the story to echo the traditions of the culture and its history from which it comes. It may be possible to develop a map of tales (e.g., ancient vs. modern countries, or as a visual as to where it is/was told).

Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia

Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia

By: Won-Ldy Paye, Margaret Lippert
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales

A head by itself can’t do much – until he meets arms, body, and legs. Together they discover how delicious life can be. Bold colors and broad forms help create the humor in this engaging creation story from the author’s Dan tribe of Liberia.

Knock on Wood: Poems about Superstitions

Knock on Wood: Poems about Superstitions

By: Janet Wong
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Original poems combine with stunning illustrations reminiscent of folk art, to explore superstitions and superstitious beliefs from black cats to knocking on wood — and lots more. An author's note with a bit of information about superstitions concludes this engaging book.

Night of the Moon

Night of the Moon

By: Hena Khan
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

One evening, Yasmeen's mother pulls aside the curtain and tells her daughter to look at the thin crescent moon. In the Islamic calendar, she explains, it is a month of new beginnings — Ramadan. Each night, Yasmeen watches the moon change until the special Night of the Moon celebration. Vibrant illustrations convey the magic of Ramadan and its special traditions.

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

By: Monica Brown
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Biography, Poetry, Nonfiction

Neftali always loved nature and words. This fondness allowed Neftali — better known as Pablo Neruda — to create poetry in a "voice [that] was heard across nations and ocean." Rich language and lush illustrations that incorporate words in Spanish and English are sure to enthuse young writers while introducing this Nobel-winning poet.

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian

By: Margarita Engle
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction

Butterflies were once thought to be "beasts of the devil." Maria Merian, a perceptive young German naturalist, knew better. She recorded her notes and drawings on the butterflies' transformation in secret so that she would not be accused of witchcraft and later became a famous scientist and artist who helped the rest of the world understand natural life cycles. Margarita Engle brings her extraordinary story to life, accompanied by Julie Paschkis' gorgeous illustrations.

Twist: Yoga Poems

Twist: Yoga Poems

By: Janet Wong
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Simple, evocative poetry suggest the meanings which inspire various yoga stances, movements, and more. The short poems coupled with handsome illustrations encourage imagination as together they show how a movement or pose can suggest something quite different.

Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?

Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?

By: George Shannon
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

The ingredients needed to make cookies launch a journey around the world to find out who contributed what from different parts of the world. Rhyming couplets and cheery illustrations reminiscent of folk art combine to answer the question posed as a title.

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