Jane Yolen Children’s Book Review

By Shannon Gosney
In Book Review
June 19, 2010

I love Jane Yolen! She is one of my favorite children’s book authors! The first book I ever read by her to my boys was, “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?,” a fun picture book my boys still love to this day!

If you love baseball, you’ll enjoy reading “All Star!: Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever” with your older children (or grandchildren).  This fun baseball book sets the season for basebal by introducing picture book fans to Honus Wagner, a homely shortstop with a lot of heart, who changed the face of the game and the world of baseball cards forever.  You can find “All Star!:  Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever” in bookstores and online.  The book retails for $17.99.

If you love birds and poetry, then you’ll love reading “An Egret’s Day.”  This book captures the beauty and magic of nature.  The combination of Yolen’s thoughtful poems and Stemple’s beautiful photographs will be a favorite among poetry and bird lovers.  You’ll get a unique look at the Great Egret, a bird that manages to be simultaneously majestic, comical, and quirky.  Plus, you can read facts about this magnificent bird in the sidebars.  The book is available in bookstores and online and retails for $17.95.

I love reading “Good Night, Little Bunny: A Touch-and-Feel Bedtime Story” to my boys at bedtime. They love the “touch and feel” stories, which gives them a chance to really interact with the story.  “Good Night, Little Bunny” is a sweet rhyming story that provides an engaging interactive way to tuck in the littlest bunnies.  You can find this book in bookstores and online, retailing for $7.99.

My boys also really enjoyed reading “How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats?,” a fun board book about how dinosaurs should treat their cats. It was really great for them because we live with my family and they own cats. It was a sweet reminder for how my boys should treat cats (or how they shouldn’t treat cats) in my family’s home. You can find the book in bookstores or online, retailing for $6.99.

Another fun board book that combines dinosaurs with animals is “How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs?”  This book is similar to the version of “How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats.”  The book is available in bookstores and online, retailing for $6.99.

My favorite among this batch of Jane Yolen books is the hardcover version of “How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?.”  I read it quite often, especially at naptime or bedtime.  My boys love the pictures and the fun content of the book.  I enjoy reading it to them as well!  This book is available in bookstores and online, retailing for $16.99.

About Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen has been called a “modern day equivalent of Aesop” by The New York Times and Newsweek dubbed her “the Hans Christian Andersen of America.”  She has been Honorary Ambassador for Literacy at Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, one of the world’s foremost decorative arts museums, and her books and stories have been honored with a Caldecott Medal, a Caldecott Honor, two Nebula awards, the Jewish Book Award, and two Christopher Medals.  Yolen’s body-of-work awards include the Catholic Library Association’s Regina Medal, the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Award, and World Fantasy’s Life Achievemen Award.  She is also the recipient of six honorary doctorates.


I love Jane Yolen’s books and was so happy to have had the opportunity to review some more of her books!    She is as amazing as ever and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.  Thank you Jane Yolen for bringing amazing books to our children and our homes!

I received product samples to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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  2. Those sound like wonderful books, I’m glad you were lucky enough to get to review some of her books. I hope the boys love them as much as they do “How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?”

  3. Rachel C says:

    We love the dinosaur books too! They’re cute stories. I just read another book by this author “My Uncle Emily” which is a neat story about Emily Dickinson, but is probably for kids who are more grade school age.

  4. sal williams says:

    Our youngest grandbaby boy loves Ms.Yolen’s books and will sit for hours if we let him, listening to them over and over again. She is the only author who has so enraptured him but I’m hoping he’ll also like Twain when the time comes. Thanks for bringing her to your readers’ attention.

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