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Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!  Available now (S&S Little Simon, 2016).
Celebrate the bright colors of spring with this hands-on color-play novelty board book!  Join Chiêu Anh Urban in this inventively visual experience that allows readers to mix and match the colors of vibrant flowers right before their eyes. Turn the wheels to create and change the bold colors of spring in this deceptively simple and thoughtfully layered novelty book that teachers the joy and wonder of color.  Check out Color Wonder Winter is Here! for more color-mixing fun (coming in 2018).

"I've never seen the concept of mixing colors done as inventively as you'll find here... 
A smart board book if ever I saw one."
School Library Journal, Elizabeth Bird, July 2017

Available in fine stores everywhere, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Check out some Color Wonder Hooray for Spring! activities and spring craft ideas.





Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms.  Available now (Sterling, 2018).
Are you hungry as a bear?  Sly as a fox?  Stubborn as a mule?  Introducing ANIMAL IDIOMS!  This entertaining die-cut board book, featuring colorful, adorable art, introduces children to some fun animal idioms.  Like a guessing game, each image shows just a part of the creature, with an accompanying rhyme that hints at its identity.  Kids turn the page... and see which friendly animal fits the bill.

"It's a visually dramatic and playful exploration of animals and language - especially the final scene featuring a very happy clam with mirrored sunglasses."
Publishers Weekly, November 2017


Available in fine stores everywhere, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Pair your storytime with some fun activities for Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms.




Color Wonder Winter is Here!  Coming soon (S&S Little Simon, 2018).
Celebrate the cool colors of winter with this hands-on color-play novelty board book with color transforming turn-wheels!  Join in this inventively visual experience that allows readers to mix and match the colors of a winter wonderland right before their eyes.  Check out Color Wonder Hooray for Spring! for more color mixing fun.

Available in fine stores everywhere, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.




Away We Go! A Shape and Seek Book (Scholastic, Cartwheel, 2013)

Filled with planes, trains, and automobiles, AWAY WE GO! teaches basic shapes through bold designs and inventive die-cuts on every page.  Triangles become sailboats and hearts become airplanes as each spread reveals a different mode of transportation made from bright colors and geometric shapes. The creative challenge of this board book is to find the vehicles in the shapes and to find the shapes in the vehicles. With special search-and-find shape-based games throughout, children will love learning and searching for basic shapes in this clever collection of things that go!
For fun projects and printables, visit: Activities and Party Printables










Raindrops: A Shower of Colors (Sterling, 2010)
Look - a rainbow of colors is showering down on the animals!  This very simple, beautiful, and innovative concept book shows children how primary colors magically blend to create secondary ones.  Die-cut raindrops with a see-through shaded acetate appear throughout; when the acetates are layered on top of each other, a new color emerges!  So it's easy to see - and understand - how blue and red make purple; red and yellow make orange; blue and yellow make green... and how, all together, they create a gorgeous rainbow!