Paperback Books by Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is the author of Rum Pum Pum (2022), Elefantastic! (2022), Mrs. Noah's Doves (2022), New Tricks for the Old Dog (2021), Grumbles from the Town (2021) and other 494 books.

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Rum Pum Pum

release date: Jun 07, 2022
Rum Pum Pum
Journey through a jungle in this story about animal sounds, friendship, and music from two of the most beloved contemporary children''s books author-poets. "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 a found drum can help him. Tiger strikes the drum 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. Information about tiger conservation is included in the back.

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.

New Tricks for the Old Dog

release date: Dec 14, 2021
New Tricks for the Old Dog
From acclaimed and prolific author Jane Yolen comes the third hilarious Level 2 Ready-to-Read in the Interrupting Cow series about teaching an old dog some new tricks! Everyone knows you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Right? Well, just wait until the Interrupting Cow meets the Old Dog. He might be set in his ways, but she’s determined to teach him something fresh and different in this sweet and silly story.

Grumbles from the Town

release date: Nov 16, 2021
Grumbles from the Town
Poets Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich take fourteen Mother-Goose rhymes that have been enjoyed by generations of children and twist them in ways sure to delight modern kids. These poem pairs feature wildly different voices and perspectives, and Angela Matteson''s stunning illustrations add further hilarious details. So while Humpty Dumpty''s classmate explains why he''s sitting in time-out again, Matteson''s art shows Humpty Dumpty as a daredevil skateboarder teetering on a wall. The poems have strong rhythm and rhyme, making Grumbles from the Town a terrific read-aloud. This lavish volume includes the original Mother Goose rhymes, endnotes that briefly describe their history, and an introduction that invites readers to imagine their own poems from unusual perspectives and "create magic."

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.

Something New for Rosh Hashanah

release date: Aug 01, 2021
Something New for Rosh Hashanah
Becca refuses to try any news foods, until her family persuades her that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time to try something new. While dad suggests shaving off his mustache for a new look, and mom thinks she''ll take up knitting as a new project, Becca decides she''s ready to try something new, too!

The Wolf Girls

release date: May 25, 2021
The Wolf Girls
In this eerie book from the nonfiction An Unsolved Mystery from History picture book series, travel to an Indian orphanage where two new arrivals are so wild that some claim they were raised by wolves. In 1920 a missionary brought two young girls to an orphanage in India. The girls didn’t know how to talk, walk, or eat from a plate. Some people thought the girls had been abandoned by their parents. Some people said the girls were brought up by wolves in the wild. Still others thought that the missionary who ran the orphanage made up the story about the girls. No one knows for sure. Become a detective, study the clues, and see if you can help solve this chilling mystery from history!

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

release date: May 25, 2021
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
Celebrate girl power in this exuberant, mischievously illustrated picture book that shows little princesses that they can be whoever they want to be! Not all princesses dress in pink. Some play in bright red socks that stink, blue team jerseys that don’t quite fit, accessorized with a baseball mitt, and a sparkly crown! Princesses come in all kinds. Some jump in mud puddles and climb trees, play sports and make messes—all while wearing their tiaras! Not every girl has a passion for pink, but all young ladies will love this empowering affirmation of their importance and unlimited potential.

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!

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.

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.

The Reinvented Heart

release date: Feb 08, 2022
The Reinvented Heart
What happens when emotions like love and friendship span vast distances -- in space, in time, and in the heart? Science fiction often focuses on future technology and science without considering the ways social structures will change as tech changes -- or not. What will relationships look like in a complicated future of clones, uploaded intelligences, artificial brains, or body augmentation? What stories emerge when we acknowledge possibilities of new genders and ways of thinking about them? The Reinvented Heart presents stories that complicate sex and gender by showing how shifting technology may affect social attitudes and practices, stories that include relationships with communities and social groups, stories that reinvent traditional romance tropes and recast them for the 21st century, and above all, stories that experiment, astonish, and entertain.

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?

Interrupting Cow and the Chicken Crossing the Road

release date: Dec 08, 2020
Interrupting Cow and the Chicken Crossing the Road
From critically acclaimed and prolific author Jane Yolen comes a hilarious Level 2 Ready-to-Read. Get ready for the Interrupting Cow to meet the Chicken Crossing the Road! Why did the chicken cross the road? Was it to get to the other side...or was there more to the story? Read this hilarious book and see what happens when the Interrupting Cow meets the famous Chicken Crossing the Road!

Thunder Underground

release date: Nov 03, 2020
Thunder Underground
In this collection of poems, noted children''s poet Jane Yolen takes readers on an expedition underground, exploring everything from animal burrows and human creations, like subways, near the surface—to ancient cities and fossils, lower down—to caves, magma, and Earth''s tectonic plates, deeper still below our feet. At the same time, in Josée Masse''s rich art, a girl and boy, accompanied by several animals, go on a fantastic underground journey. This book contains science, poetry, and an adventure story all rolled into one. But it''s also more than that: In these poems we see that beneath us are the past, present, future—history, truth, and story. This thought-provoking collection will evoke a sense of wonder and awe in readers, as they discover the mysterious world underneath us.

I Am the Storm

release date: Oct 27, 2020
I Am the Storm
A tornado, a blizzard, a forest fire, and a hurricane are met, in turn, with resilience and awe in this depiction of nature''s power and our own. In the face of our shifting climate, young children everywhere are finding themselves subject to unfamiliar and often frightening extreme weather. Beloved author Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Stemple address four distinct weather emergencies (a tornado, a blizzard, a forest fire, and a hurricane) with warm family stories of finding the joy in preparedness and resilience. Their honest reassurance leaves readers with the message: nature is powerful, but you are powerful, too. Illustrated in rich environmental tones and featuring additional information about storms in the back, this book educates, comforts, and empowers young readers in stormy or sunny weather, and all the weather in between.

Shape Me a Rhyme

release date: Oct 20, 2020
Shape Me a Rhyme
In this unusual collection, poems and photographs focus on shapes in nature. Some shapes are found in familiar places: A circle is the sun and a crescent is the moon. But there are imaginative surprises too: an alligator''s tooth is a triangle and a frond''s shadow forms a square. Related shape words—round, halo, sphere, etc.—are scattered throughout the spreads. This collaboration captures the beauty of shapes in nature in a playful way.

Count Me a Rhyme

release date: Oct 13, 2020
Count Me a Rhyme
This delightful counting book of poetry and pictures on the Texas 2x2 Reading List captures animals by the numbers. Vivid, playful poems tell the stories of one elk, two birds, three fish—from one through ten and then many—as they go about their day either solo or within a special circle of friends. The marvelous photographs allows readers to peek at some common creatures that enjoy the company of others.

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.

Testing the Waters

release date: Aug 25, 2020
Testing the Waters
From critically acclaimed and prolific author Jane Yolen comes a colorful Level 1 Ready-to-Read story all about a fish with pre-test jitters! There is a test at school today, and the fish’s tummy is whirling. Just like two currents, angry and swirling! To make matters worse, his regular teacher has been replaced by a mean-looking substitute teacher. What will happen with the test now? Beginning readers can follow along as the fish overcomes his nerves!

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.

Miriam at the River

release date: Feb 04, 2020
Miriam at the River
Kar-Ben Read-Aloud eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and text highlighting to bring eBooks to life! The biblical story of baby Moses as told by his big sister. Giving her baby brother a kiss, brave little Miriam places Moses''s basket into the river. With one quick push, she sends him into the water, hoping her wish will come true and her brother will be saved from Pharaoh''s orders. But will Pharaoh''s daughter arrive in time to rescue him?

Emily Writes

release date: Feb 04, 2020
Emily Writes
Jane Yolen''s Emily Writes is an imagined and evocative picture book account of Emily Dickinson’s childhood poetic beginnings, featuring illustrations by Christine Davenier. As a young girl, Emily Dickinson loved to scribble curlicues and circles, imagine new rhymes, and connect with the natural world around her. The sounds, sights, and smells of home swirled through her mind, and Emily began to explore writing and rhyming her thoughts and impressions. She thinks about the real and the unreal. Perhaps poems are the in-between. This thoughtful spotlight on Emily’s early experimentations with poetry offers a unique window into one of the world’s most famous and influential poets. Christy Ottaviano Books

Racing the Waves

release date: Dec 10, 2019
Racing the Waves
From acclaimed, prolific author Jane Yolen comes a colorful Level 1 Ready-to-Read story all about a school field day! Today is field day at school. We start forward fast. There’s a shout. Fish teams from every school head out! Who will win the race? School field days are full of jitters, excitement, and surprises. Beginning readers can follow along as a team of fish work together to have the best field day ever!

Eek, You Reek!

release date: Oct 01, 2019
Eek, You Reek!
Eek, you reek, You make a funk. Where you have been Things stink, stank, stunk. You''ve left a path, A swath of smell, And—yuck! You did it very well. Readers will be delighted by the malodorous melodies of poems calling out the different pungent attributes of a full cast of foul-smelling creatures.
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