New Release Books by Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is the author of Elefantastic! (2022), Mrs. Noah's Doves (2022), How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? (2022), The Leather Apron Club (2021) and other 397 books.

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Elefantastic!

release date: May 17, 2022
Elefantastic!
Experience a magical story of ele-friendship and one disappearing elephant''s ele-fate. Discover the unlikely—and entirely unforgettable—friendship between Flora, an elephant calf stolen from her African home, and David, the circus impresario and magician who adopts, trains, and ultimately liberates her, in this tale freely inspired by actual events. With a minimum of language—only 22 words in all—but a maximum of inventive ele-fantabulous wordplay, Jane Yolen deftly reimagines this initially tentative but ultimately unconditional relationship between a man and an elephant. Brett Helquist not only lovingly illuminates the tale with all the excitement and tension, mystery and color of a vintage circus poster but also fully captures the subtle range of emotions of a remarkable and enduring ele-friendship. FRIENDSHIP TALE: There''s endless fascination with the deep bond of friendship that can grow between wild animals and humans. This spectacular narrative is based on the true story of Flora the elephant, which can be read in the back of the book. READ-TOGETHER WHIMSY AND WIT: A simple text in which every word starts with ELE- makes this a great read-aloud and guessing game that will have children completing the whimsical text. EVERYONE LOVES ELEPHANTS: From Babar to Elmer, elephants have been icons of children''s literature and continue to be one of the most popular animals featured in contemporary children''s books. This book is perfect for Elephant-fans of all ages! Perfect for: • Lovers of animal friendship stories • Grandparents • Parents • The myriad fans of Jane Yolen • Teachers and educators • Librarians

Mrs. Noah's Doves

release date: May 01, 2022
Mrs. Noah's Doves
Mrs. Noah kept birds. She kept many a variety of birds, ravens and robins, eagles and eiders, cockatoos and crows. But out of all the birds she kept, her favorite were her doves. When the flood comes, Mrs. Noah brings them onto the ark. But there is a special mission for the doves.

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?

release date: May 03, 2022
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
It''s time for school, dinosaurs! A laugh-out-loud prehistoric school adventure from award-winning team Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. Join everyone''s favorite dinosaurs as they ride the bus, read their favorite books, and play with their friends. Playful text and hilarious pictures capture the high-sprited and playful nature of young children and make this a perfect book to share with any little one heading off to school for the first time. A gentle introduction to classroom behavior and making friends. Plus, children will find the name of each dinosaurs hidden in the pictures!

The Leather Apron Club

release date: Sep 28, 2021
The Leather Apron Club
A powerful celebration of libraries from master storyteller Jane Yolen. Benjamin Franklin introduces his son Billy to the Leather Apron Club, where it''s love at first page. When Billy''s father Benjamin Franklin announces that Billy and his lazy cousin James will soon have a tutor, Billy is initially dismayed. But his tutor awakens him to the power of story and books, and when Billy accompanies his father to the Leather Apron Club (which Franklin started in 1727), he decides to do more with his education and life. Best-selling author Jane Yolen introduces readers to the Leather Apron Club. Not only was the Club the first successful lending library in the United States--it also exists to this day as the Library Company of Philadelphia! Careful readers will notice that the story cleverly incorporates famous sayings from Ben Franklin''s Poor Richard''s Almanack, underscoring the lasting impact of words.

On Eagle Cove

release date: Sep 05, 2021
On Eagle Cove
As I walked out towards Eagle Cove, Skipping through a greening grove, I followed where the pathway led-- And spied a great big lake ahead. From the prolific Jane Yolen comes On Eagle Cove, a sparkling new addition to the On Bird Hill & Beyond series. A young birder and her mother hike beside a lake and experience the majesty of an eagle aerial show. They spy a massive nest, high in a tree, and understand that the two eagles dancing across the sky are a mating pair. Soon, there will be chicks, and the girl and her mother return to the nest months later for a peek at the new little lives. On Eagle Cove reunites Jane Yolen with award-winning illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba for this quiet walk through nature that leads to an unexpected encounter with the magnificent Bald Eagle.

Yuck, You Suck!

release date: Jan 01, 2022
Yuck, You Suck!
The phrase you suck is perfectly appropriate when applied to this hilarious poetry collection featuring animals that sip, slurp, and otherwise suck

The Mary Celeste

release date: May 25, 2021
The Mary Celeste
In this spooky book from the nonfiction An Unsolved Mystery from History picture book series, set off on the high seas to a ghost ship left completely abandoned and adrift on the waves. The Mary Celeste was discovered adrift on the open sea by another ship in 1872—with no sign of captain or crew. What happened? Did the crew mutiny? Were they attacked by pirates? Caught in a storm? No one ever found out. Inside this book are the clues that were left behind and the theories of what people think happened aboard that ship. Become a detective, study the clues, and see if you can help solve this chilling mystery from history!

The Salem Witch Trials

release date: May 25, 2021
The Salem Witch Trials
In this spooky book from the nonfiction An Unsolved Mystery from History picture book series, tragedy strikes Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 as the community is torn apart by accusations of witchcraft. When a group of girls came down with a horrible, mysterious bout of illness, they pointed the finger at people in their community they claimed were witches. Soon, the whole town was convinced they were in danger from supernatural forces. Today, we have details about the accusations, trials, and those who lost their lives, but the question remains: What caused the mass hysteria? Become a detective, study the clues, and see if you can help solve this chilling mystery from history!

Roanoke, the Lost Colony

release date: May 25, 2021
Roanoke, the Lost Colony
In this spine-tingling book from the nonfiction An Unsolved Mystery from History picture book series, journey to colonial America and discover the enduring mystery of the missing Roanoke Colony. In 1587 John White was chosen by Sir Walter Raleigh to lead a new colony at Roanoke off the Atlantic coast. After bringing many men, women, and children to the new land, White went back to England to gather supplies for the long winter. But when he finally returned to the fort almost three years later, he found that all of the colonists had vanished. The only signs of life left were the letters CRO carved into a tree and the word CROATOAN carved into one of the fort’s posts. Did the Spanish army capture the colonists? Did the colonists get in a battle with the native people—or join them? Did they try to follow John White to England and get lost at sea? Become a detective, study the clues, and see if you can help solve this chilling mystery from history!

Bear Outside

release date: Mar 02, 2021
Bear Outside
Lots of people have inner strength, but one girl wears hers as a bear outside. Some folks have a lion inside, Or a tiger. Not me. I wear my bear on the outside. In this imaginative picture book by Jane Yolen, acclaimed author of many distinguished children''s books including Owl Moon and How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, a girl explores the many ways she expresses herself by imagining that she wears a bear as her personal protective shell. They go everywhere and do everything together. The Bear is like a suit of armor and a partner all in one, protecting her from bullies and giving her strength to be bold when she needs it. In turn, she listens to and takes care of the Bear. Jane Yolen''s story beautifully portrays the relationships we have with our inner-selves, encouraging readers to stay in touch with and wear these qualities with pride. Her text is paired with the spritely art of Jen Corace, illustrator of bestseller Little Pea, Small World, and Brave Jane Austen.

Crossing the Current

release date: Dec 08, 2020
Crossing the Current
From critically acclaimed and prolific author Jane Yolen comes a vibrant Level 1 Ready-to-Ready story about a fish becoming an assistant crossing guard! A fish has an exciting new responsibility when he becomes the assistant crossing guard at his school! We hold up signs. We help fish cross. We save a minnow who was lost. Will he rise to the occasion of keeping his classmates safe?

Rum Pum Pum

release date: Sep 15, 2020
Rum Pum Pum
"Rrrrh!" means "Let''s be friends" in tiger talk, but the other animals don''t understand him and run away! Maybe the gentle "rum-pum-pum" of the drum can help him. Fun animal sounds in a story about friendship, communication, and music. A perfect story time read-aloud! The lonely tiger finds a drum. He strikes it with his tail--and friends start to follow: a monkey who says "chee-chee-chee" which means "I will come too" in monkey talk, a rhino who says "ouggh" which means "I will come too" in rhino talk, a parrot that says "scree-awk," a chameleon, an elephant, and eventually a child--who is now reunited with the drum he lost. Because of the drum, the tiger is no longer lonely and friendless. Information about tiger conservation is included in the back. The authors are the two most beloved contemporary children''s books author-poets.

Plymouth Rocks!

release date: Sep 08, 2020
Plymouth Rocks!
Prolific storyteller Jane Yolen marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower''s arrival by channeling the voice of Plymouth Rock itself. A funny (and fact-checked!) look at a historical monument. The history of Plymouth Rock is explained--by the rock itself. Playful, clever verses offer a comprehensive window into the events leading up to the 1620 landing and beyond, dispelling common misconceptions along the way. Alternating with Rock''s poems is a witty analysis of the truthfulness of its statements, told in the voice of the Fact Checker. Truly a book for today''s savvy media consumers.

Interrupting Cow

release date: Aug 25, 2020
Interrupting Cow
From critically acclaimed and prolific author Jane Yolen comes a delightfully funny Level 2 Ready-to-Read story that puts a twist on a classic a knock-knock joke! Knock, knock... Who’s there? It’s Interrupting Cow. Interrupting Cow wh—! Well, you know how the joke goes…or do you? Read this side-splitting book to discover the true, surprisingly heartwarming story of the one and only Interrupting Cow!

Rocking the Tide

release date: Jun 30, 2020
Rocking the Tide
From acclaimed, prolific author Jane Yolen comes a colorful Level 1 Ready-to-Read story all about a school music concert! The fish are performing a music concert at school. But then they start to worry: “What if a current grabs my strings? What if our soloist never sings?” School performances can be full of jitters but can also be very rewarding. Beginning readers can follow along as the fish overcome their stage fright and take to the stage!

A Kite for Moon Educator's Guide

release date: May 26, 2020
A Kite for Moon Educator's Guide
A Kite for Moon Educator''s Guide is a companion to A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple. This guide can be utilized in the classroom, in a home school setting, or by parents seeking additional resources. Ideal for grades K-3.

I Am the Storm

release date: Jan 01, 2020
I Am the Storm
As the climate shifts, families experience weather emergencies, including a tornado, a blizzard, a forest fire, and a hurricane, finding joy in preparedness and resilience.

School of Fish

release date: Jul 02, 2019
School of Fish
From acclaimed, prolific author Jane Yolen comes a Level 1 Ready-to-Read story bursting with all the excitement and a little bit of the nervousness that color a fish’s first day at a new school. I look around. What do I see? Another fish who’s just like me! A little scared. A little new. All alone and feeling blue. Starting at a new school is never easy, but it can also be really exciting. Beginning readers can follow along as one intrepid little fish goes through the many emotions associated with a new school experience!

Merbaby's Lullaby

release date: Jun 25, 2019
Merbaby's Lullaby
From New York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen comes a lilting lullaby from the bottom of the sea. Hush, foam rocker, sleep, wave breaker. Close your eyes and dream, tide breaker. A hush-filled bedtime rhyme for parents to share with their newborns, Merbaby’s Lullaby is an underwater cradlesong written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba. Join a mermaid as she helps her merbaby to sleep, rocking with the gentle waves, singing with the whispering whales, and settling in with sea stars lighting the way to sweet dreams.

The Last Tsar's Dragons

release date: Jun 19, 2019
The Last Tsar's Dragons
“Vivid, gripping and actually riveting as the Red Danger takes a whole new meaning here. Loved it.” —The Book Smugglers It is the waning days of the Russian monarchy. A reckless man rules the land and his dragons rule the sky. Though the Tsar aims his dragons at his enemies—Jews and Bolsheviks—his entire country is catching fire. Conspiracies suffuse the royal court: bureaucrats jostle one another for power, the mad monk Rasputin schemes for the Tsar’s ear, and the desperate queen takes drastic measures to protect her family. Revolution is in the air—and the Red Army is hatching its own weapons. Discover Russia’s October Revolution, reimagined in flight by the acclaimed mother-and-son writing team of the Locus Award-winning novel, Pay the Piper, and the Seelie Wars series.

Finding Baba Yaga

release date: Oct 30, 2018
Finding Baba Yaga
Finding Baba Yaga is a mythic yet timely novel-in-verse by the beloved and prolific New York Times bestselling author and poet Jane Yolen, “the Hans Christian Andersen of America” (Newsweek). A young woman discovers the power to speak up and take control of her fate—a theme that has never been more timely than it is now... You think you know this story. You do not. A harsh, controlling father. A quiescent mother. A house that feels like anything but a home. Natasha gathers the strength to leave, and comes upon a little house in the wood: A house that walks about on chicken feet and is inhabited by a fairy tale witch. In finding Baba Yaga, Natasha finds her voice, her power, herself.... "Jane Yolen is a phenomenon: a poet and a mythmaker, who understands how old stories can tell us new things. We are lucky to have her."—Neil Gaiman At the Publisher''s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Fly with Me

release date: Oct 16, 2018
Fly with Me
Enchanting stories, lyrical poems, stunning photography, and fascinating science fill the pages of this treasury celebrating the amazing world of birds. This thoughtful and beautifully curated collection of our flying, feathery friends highlights the role birds play in human life from centuries ago to present day. While it''s beautiful, it''s also full of valuable real science about these wondrous creatures. From history and behavior to spotting and photographing, there''s sure to be something for every bird fan in your flock. Young birders will learn all about migration and the importance of habitat conservation. They''ll find stories about bird rescues and fun facts about the fastest, strongest, and tiniest fliers. They''ll also discover the best bird nests, sweet songs to sing, ways to listen for and identify the birds around them, and more. Paired with stunning art and photography and beautiful design, this treasury is sure to become a classic for bird enthusiasts of all ages. Fly with Me was created to help celebrate Year of the Bird, National Geographic''s 2018 initiative to bring awareness to the plight of birds around the world.

Monster Academy

release date: Aug 28, 2018
Monster Academy
Where do monsters go to school? Monster Academy! And anything can happen when your teacher is Miss Mummy. It''s not like any other school, but if you''re a little monster, you''ll fit right in! Come along with Principal Frank N. Stein into a bright, energetic classroom where the class pet is a big purple boa constrictor, recess is in a swamp, and class bats help build a Creepy Castle in the Monster Maker''s Lab. When Tornado Jo, a new student, roars into class, a storm is brewing. Who could ever guess that her new best friend will be a vampire, and she''ll help him find his missing fang? Award-winning writer Jane Yolen teams up with her daughter, Heidi, to present colorful monster children who have familiar human issues such as making friends and learning to help others. In a final twist, Tornado Jo -- the worst behaved student -- is revealed to be an out-of-control human, not a monster after all. Oh, no! Monsters are more afraid of humans than we are of them! Everybody runs! Laugh-aloud humor is enhanced by John McKinley''s highly imaginative illustrations loaded with fun and hidden jokes tucked into the art. An irresistible romp from start to finish!

Seasons Between Us

release date: Aug 08, 2021
Seasons Between Us
What is a life well-lived? Travel with 23 speculative fiction authors through the seasons of life to capture the memories, identities, and moments of stepping through the portal of change, as they cope with their own journeys of growing older.

On Bird Hill

release date: Aug 01, 2018
On Bird Hill
From iconic children''s author Jane Yolen, and renowned illustrator Bob Marstall, this stunning picture book is the first in a new Jane Yolen series created for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the world authority on birds. Based on the cumulative nursery rhyme and song, The Green Grass Grew All Around, this enchanting version features a boy and his dog who find a nest on a hill.

Sanctuary

release date: Apr 01, 2018
Sanctuary
When a young girl escapes the underworld, she seeks refuge with Silex the gargoyle and his human assistant Craig. Her presence soon forces Craig and Silex to tangle with a fallen angel and supernatural hounds. The story unfolds against the moody backdrop of Scotland in the 1930s, where Silex solves crimes as a way of seeking redemption. "Sanctuary" also features the infamous grave robbers Burke and Hare and other historical scoundrels who return to the land of the living in this work of dark fantasy.

A Bear Sat on My Porch Today

release date: Mar 06, 2018
A Bear Sat on My Porch Today
What to do if a rather insistent bear squats on your porch today? Followed in short order by a shaggy squirrel, a spraying skunk, a playful possum, and a bevy of forest critters large and small? This hilarious cumulative tale of reluctant hospitality and generous inclusivity will leave readers chanting, "OKAY. OKAY! YOU CAN STAY." But watch out! That porch is starting to sway. . . . Jane Yolen''s uproarious chant-aloud story is brought to life by Rilla Alexander''s dazzling retro-hip illustrations in an exuberant collaboration sure to take its place alongside such cumulative classics as This is the House that Jack Built and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.

Mapping the Bones

release date: Mar 06, 2018
Mapping the Bones
From the best-selling and award-winning author of The Devil''s Arithmetic, Jane Yolen, comes her first Holocaust novel in nearly thirty years. Influenced by Dr. Mengele''s sadistic experimentations, this story follows twins as they travel from the Lodz ghetto, to the partisans in the forest, to a horrific concentration camp where they lose everything but each other. It''s 1942 in Poland, and the world is coming to pieces. At least that''s how it seems to Chaim and Gittel, twins whose lives feel like a fairy tale torn apart, with evil witches, forbidden forests, and dangerous ovens looming on the horizon. But in all darkness there is light, and the twins find it through Chaim''s poetry and the love they have for each other. Like the bright flame of a Yahrzeit candle, his words become a beacon of memory so that the children and grandchildren of survivors will never forget the atrocities that happened during the Holocaust. Filled with brutality and despair, this is also a story of poetry and strength, in which a brother and sister lose everything but each other. Nearly thirty years after the publication of her award-winning and bestselling The Devil''s Arithmetic and Briar Rose, Yolen once again returns to World War II and captivates her readers with the authenticity and power of her words. Praise for Mapping the Bones: "Jane Yolen''s Mapping the Bones is a swift and deadly drama with overtones of dark fable we all wish we could forget. But this book, a shining star held in a trembling palm, requires us to remember." --Gregory Maguire, internationally bestselling author of Wicked "Mapping the Bones is spare and beautiful and haunting. Jane Yolen has created a masterpiece." --Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of The War That Saved My Life "Master storyteller Jane Yolen has outdone herself. This is a compelling, important, necessary, and timely book that deserves the widest audience possible." --Lesléa Newman, award-winning author of Still Life with Buddy "In the hands of the superb Jane Yolen, folklore and fact connect in a harrowing testimony to horror and to love. Brutal, relentless, prophetic, and full of truth." --Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity "A compassionate, unflinching, unforgettable Nazi labor camp Hansel & Gretel tale woven by America''s finest spinner of Holocaust stories for young readers." --Julie Berry, author of the Printz Honor Book The Passion of Dolssa "[An] expansive, eloquent novel." --Publishers Weekly "Yolen does a superb job of dramatizing the horrors of WWII and the Holocaust, bringing vivid fear and suspense to her captivating story. It makes for altogether memorable and essential reading." --Booklist "[A] breath-taking and heartbreaking look at the horrors of war and the lengths people go to overcome." --Voice of Youth Advocates "Fans of Yolen''s The Devil''s Arithmetic will be engrossed in this story until the last page." --School Library Journal "[A] well-rounded story of a very difficult time that shows the resiliency of these young people." --School Library Connection

Meet Me at the Well

release date: Jan 16, 2018
Meet Me at the Well
Old Testament stories center around men. Leaders, prophets, kings, and priests are all male. But hidden in the background are strong-willed, daring females. Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin''s masterful retellings pairs eloquent profiles with stunning art, answering one question: What makes these women heroes? From first woman, Eve, to Deborah the judge, to Queen Esther, savior of her people, females in the Hebrew bible are resourceful and courageous. Each chapter is devoted to a single story with text complemented by sidebars, known in Jewish tradition as "midrashim," that pose questions, provide more information, and include nondenominational interpretations. "A much-needed, thoughtful updating of Bible stories about women" — Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW) "A solid source of study and reflection for libraries with religious patrons" — School Library Journal "Each chapter features a lovely full-page piece of artwork" — Booklist

Bad Girls

release date: Jan 01, 2018
Bad Girls
From Delilah to Cleopatra, from Anne Boleyn and (bloody) Queen Mary, to Calamity Jane, Typhoid Mary and more, the 26 notorious women analyzed here all have rotten reputations. But were these vixen really as wicked as they seemed?

Once There Was a Story

release date: Nov 21, 2017
Once There Was a Story
A collection of thirty shareable fairy tales, folk tales, and fables from around the world that includes magic tales, homey tales, animal tales, and two tales by Jane Yolen.

The Emerald Circus

release date: Nov 14, 2017
The Emerald Circus
2018 World Fantasy Award winner “The best book I’ve read in a long time.” —Brandon Sanderson, author of Mistborn Where is Wendy? Leading a labor strike against the Lost Boys, of course. In Jane Yolen’s first full collection in more than ten years discover new and uncollected tales of beloved characters, literary legends, and much more. A Scottish academic unearths ancient evil in a fishing village. Edgar Allan Poe’s young bride is beguiled by a most unusual bird. Dorothy, lifted from Kansas, returns as a gymnastic sophisticate. Emily Dickinson dwells in possibility and sails away in a starship made of light. Alice’s wicked nemesis has jaws and claws but really needs a sense of humor. Enter the Emerald Circus and be astonished by the transformations within. -- Jane Yolen

Grumbles from the Forest

release date: Mar 14, 2023
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