Linda Ashman

children's book author, mom, wife, writing instructor, animal lover, gardener, vegetarian . . .





A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Book of the Week (Starred Review)

"This crowd-pleaser showcases the way various parents care for their young. Ashman's uplifting message shines through. Dyer's cuddly animal pairs with eyes full of love, reinforce the warmth of this delectably oversize volume. A 10 on the "aw"-inspiring scale." Publishers Weekly

"Ashman's warm, rhyming text and Dyer's soft-toned, realistic watercolors create a gentle story that is also a biology lesson in disguise. As a lap sit or read-aloud, this will encourage youngsters to talk and share what they know about the animals, and they'll like the book's reassuring message." Booklist

"Endearing watercolor portraits of koalas, swans, and 19 other animals show the many ways that furry and feathery parents get around in the wild with their little ones in tow. The read-aloud verses make plain that loving bonds (and the urge to explore) run in nature too." Leonard S. Marcus, PARENTING Magazine

"Yes, any book illustrated by Jane Dyer is sure to be beautiful, 'awwww' inspiring and heartwarming. The challenge is to have a text that so wonderfully complements it, like Time for Bed manages to do. I am delighted to say that Babies on the Go is up to the challenge. The cadence is fun and the illustrations showing a cygnet on its mother's back to a baby croc in mom's mouth are as educational as they are wonderful to behold." Children's Literature

"Preschool-Toddlers know all about being carried, so they will immediately connect to this title that describes the different and unique ways animal mothers transport their young. The large, soft watercolor illustrations and rhyming text make this celebration of parent/​child love a natural for toddler storytime, and it's also perfect for one-on-one sharing." School Library Journal (starred review)

Babies on the Go

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From BABIES ON THE GO. Illustrations copyright 2003 by Jane Dyer. With permission of Harcourt.

BABIES ON THE GO is about the many interesting ways animals carry their young--but the animals are never actually mentioned in the text. Download the manuscript to see how I worked in the animal notes.

Author's Note

Some babies stand up right away.
They take a step, then run and play.

But many need more time to grow,
So they have
other ways to go.

Rolling by in baby strollers.
Holding tight to Mother's shoulders.

Grabbing on to clumps of hair.
Riding bareback through the air.

This book began as a collection of poems about nocturnal critters. As I was doing research, looking for quirky animal traits, I started noticing the many unusual ways animals carry their young. I became fascinated, and dropped the nocturnal animal idea.

This was the very first book I sold, back in 1997. I was thrilled when I found out that Jane Dyer would illustrate it -- then shocked to learn it wouldn't be published until 2003. I thought I'd never see a book in print! But I knew Jane's art was worth waiting for, and now that I've seen Jane's glorious paintings, I'm sure of it!

Teaching Themes: animal babies, how animals carry their young, parental love, and stories in rhyme. For other resources, visit International Fund for Animal Welfare's Animal Action program, and download more ideas here:


Brand New
"A go-to source of calm and comfort." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
In Print
"Altogether delightful." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package." KIRKUS
"A memorable first skate by an irresistible imp." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Ashman's concept is both sophisticated and delightful." KIRKUS
"Beautifully crafted and satisfying." Starred Review, BOOKLIST
"Kids will love the colorful paintings while parents will appreciate that it's chock full of facts about the Centennial State." VAIL DAILY
A "lovely reverie on the joys of being alive and being loved." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"As pithy and clever as Ogden Nash at his best." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A splendid bedtime fantasy." KIRKUS
Other Titles
"Ashman's poetic portraits are packed with lots of tasty assonance and alliteration." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Quirky, sarcastic, and rather educational, too." BOOKLIST
"A 10 on the "aw"-inspiring scale." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"A family outing gone hilariously awry." BOOKLIST
"A rip-roaring, exciting excursion." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
An "enchanting ride." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The clever, rhyming text bounces along with perfect cadence." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A riotous adventure." HORN BOOK MAGAZINE
"Vibrant, playful text . . . excellent for storytimes." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A hilarious look at the world through the sharp eyes and nose of a dog." SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
"This one's a keeper." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Youngsters will find nothing but comfort in these pages." KIRKUS
"Ashman captures the non-stop action in rollicking rhyme." KIRKUS
A "captivating collaboration." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A lighthearted look at bad behavior." KIRKUS
Wagmore is "a charming, gentle hero." KIRKUS REVIEWS