All of my books are listed here, along with links to Teaching/Activity Guides when available. Click on the titles below for more info about the books, including the back story, downloadable manuscripts, reviews and awards.
If you'd like to buy an out-of-print book, you'll find a list of them toward the bottom of the page.
LITTLE BABY BUTTERCUP
Illustrations ©2013 by You Byun. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin. Rhyming picture book.
This lively read-aloud celebrates the magical and all-too-fleeting days of early childhood.
"A go-to source of calm and comfort." Publishers Weekly
Themes/connections: toddlerhood, discovery, growing up, Mother's Day.
Illustrations ©2013 by Christian Robinson. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Nearly wordless picture book.
A young boy and an old man react very differently to a rainy day in the city. What happens when the two meet face to face?
"Altogether delightful." Starred review, Kirkus
Themes: rain, weather, opposites, moods, kindness. Download the Activity Guide
Illustrations ©2013 by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. Chronicle Books. Rhyming picture book.
How to deal with anger, conflict, injury, disappointment and other sorts of frustrations among preschoolers? Try "Peace, Baby!"
"Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package." Kirkus
Themes: conflict resolution, emotions, peace. Download the Activity Guide
SAMANTHA ON A ROLL
Illustrations ©2011 by Christine Davenier. Margaret Ferguson Books/FSG. Rhyming picture book.
Samantha can't wait to try out her new roller skates, but Mama's too busy too help her. What's a girl to do?
"A memorable first skate by an irresistible imp." Starred review, Kirkus
Themes: skating, motion, rhyme, behavior, independence, humor.
NO DOGS ALLOWED!
Illustrations ©2011 by Kristin Sorra; Sterling. Nearly wordless picture book.
Welcome to Alberto's restaurant…unless you're a dog, a cat, a bunny, or ANYTHING with fur, feathers, or scales!
"Ashman's concept is both sophisticated and delightful." Kirkus
Themes: acceptance, exclusion, animals, restaurants, (nearly) wordless books
M IS FOR MISCHIEF
Illustrations ©2008 by Nancy Carpenter; Dutton. Alphabet book/poetry collection.
Twenty-six poems about delightfully naughty children.
"Ashman's poetic portraits are packed with lots of tasty assonance and alliteration." Starred review, Publishers Weekly
Themes: behavior, poetry, alliteration, humor, alphabet books. Download the Teaching Guide
COME TO THE CASTLE!
Illustrations ©2009 by S.D. Schindler; Roaring Brook Press. Story told in poems.
Life in a medieval castle through the eyes of its many different inhabitants.
"Quirky, sarcastic, and rather educational, too." Booklist
Themes: medieval England, castle life, knights and jousting, poetry, humor, readers theatre.
BABIES ON THE GO
Illustrations ©2003 by Jane Dyer; Harcourt. Rhyming picture book. Available in hardcover and board book.
A celebration of the many ways animal parents carry their little ones.
"A natural for toddler storytime, and . . . perfect for one-on-one sharing." Starred review, School Library Journal
Themes: animal babies, how animals carry their young, parental love, rhyme. Download a Teacher's Guide
CASTLES, CAVES & HONEYCOMBS
Illustrations ©2001 by Lauren Stringer; Harcourt. Rhyming picture book.
A lyrical look at a wide variety of homes and the creatures who live in them.
"Beautifully crafted and satisfying." Starred review, Booklist
Themes: animals and their homes, the meaning of home, rhyme. Download the Teacher's Guide
TO THE BEACH!
Illustrations ©2005 by Nadine Bernard Westcott; Harcourt. Rhyming picture book.
They've packed the car. They're on their way. But will this forgetful family ever
make it to the beach?
"A family outing gone hilariously awry." Booklist
Themes: ocean, vacation, family trips, forgetfulness, rhyme, humor. Download a Teacher's Guide
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN COLORADO
Illustrations ©2011 by Dawn Beacon; Sterling. Holiday picture book.
What could be better than Christmas in Colorado?
"Kids will love the colorful paintings while parents will appreciate that it's chock full of facts about the Centennial State." Vail Daily
Themes: Colorado places, landmarks, people and history. Christmas holidays.
Illustrations ©2005 by Jeff Mack; Harcourt. Rhyming picture book.
Action packed from beginning to end, this safari adventure will keep young readers on the edge of their seats.
"A rip-roaring, exciting excursion." School Library Journal
Themes: safari animals, imaginary adventures, rhyme. Download a Teacher's Guide
llustrations ©2003 by Jeff Mack; Harcourt. Rhyming picture book.
What underwater wonders can you see when you're in a bright orange submarine?
An "enchanting ride." Publishers Weekly
Themes: ocean creatures, submarines, rhyme, imaginary adventures. Download a Teacher's Guide
CREAKY OLD HOUSE
Illustrations ©2009 by Michael Chesworth; Sterling. Rhyming picture book.
When a doorknob falls out of the door, a wacky family comes up with a series of bigger and bigger fix-it plans.
"The clever, rhyming text bounces along with perfect cadence." School Library Journal
Themes: homes, construction, renovation, families, humor, rhyme.
MAXWELL'S MAGIC MIX-UP
Illustrations ©2001 by Regan Dunnick; Simon & Schuster. Rhyming picture book.
A bumbling magician turns the birthday girl into a rock, Dad into a broom, and the guests into animals. Can this party be saved?
"A riotous adventure." Horn Book Magazine
Themes: birthday parties, magic, things going awry, humor, rhyme.
Illustrations ©2006 by Jan Ormerod; Simon & Schuster. Rhyming picture book.
Celebrates the loving bond of mamas and children throughout the day, and in all sorts of places.
A "lovely reverie on the joys of being alive and being loved." Starred review, Publishers Weekly
Themes: babies, motherhood, Mother's Day, parental love, rhyme.
CAN YOU MAKE A PIGGY GIGGLE?
Illustrations ©2002 by Henry Cole. Dutton. Rhyming picture book.
Can you make a piggy giggle if you tell a silly riddle? A chick might snicker . . . but not this piggy!
"Vibrant, playful, text . . . excellent for storytimes." School Library Journal
Themes: animals, laughter and silliness, rhyme. Download Teaching Ideas
I have a limited supply of the following out-of-print hardcover books. To order, let me know which books you'd like and how you'd like them inscribed. I'll email an invoice, payable via Paypal. The prices below include shipping costs via media mail within the Continental U.S. If you're overseas and/or would like your books sooner, let me know and I'll adjust the price accordingly.
THE ESSENTIAL WORLDWIDE MONSTER GUIDE
Illustrations ©2003 by David Small; Simon & Schuster. Poetry collection. Hardcover copies available for $20.
Indispensable--and entertaining--poems to help you avoid monsters while traveling.
"As pithy and clever as Ogden Nash at his best." Starred review, Kirkus
Themes: monsters, mythology, folklore, geography, other cultures, poetry, humor.
SAILING OFF TO SLEEP
Illustrations ©2002 by Susan Winter; Simon & Schuster. Rhyming picture book. Hardcover copies available for $12.
A young girl prefers an Arctic adventure to bedtime.
"A splendid bedtime fantasy." Kirkus
Themes: Arctic animals, bedtime, stories in dialogue, rhyme.
STELLA, UNLEASHED: Notes from the Doghouse
Illustrations ©2008 by Paul Meisel; Sterling. Poetry collection.
This opinionated pup has plenty to say about cats, kids, kibble, and much, much more.
"A hilarious look at the world through the sharp eyes and nose of a dog." Scripps Howard News Service
Themes: dogs, dog adoption, families, poetry, humor. Download Teaching Ideas
WHEN I WAS KING
Illustrations ©2008 by David McPhail; HarperCollins. Rhyming picture book. Hardcover available for $12.
It's not easy giving up your throne when a new baby arrives -- but, sometimes, growing up has its benefits.
"This one's a keeper." School Library Journal
Themes: new sibling, sibling rivalry, families, rhyme.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN THIS?
Illustrations ©2006 by Linda Wingerter. Dutton. Rhyming picture book. Hardcover available for $12.
What could be better than all the riches and adventure in the world? The arrival of a baby -- and the beginning of the greatest adventure of all.
"Youngsters will find nothing but comfort in these pages." Kirkus
Themes: parenting, babies, parental love, rhyme. Download Teaching Ideas
JUST ANOTHER MORNING
Illustrations ©2004 by Claudio Munoz. HarperCollins. Rhyming picture book. Hardcover available for $12.
A young boy's vivid imagination leads to all sorts of adventures.
"Ashman captures the non-stop action in rollicking rhyme." Kirkus
Themes: imagination, preschoolers, humor, rhyme.
HOW TO MAKE A NIGHT
Illustrations ©2004 by Tricia Tusa. HarperCollins. Rhyming picture book. Hardcover available for $12.
A young girl wraps up the day and rolls out the stars so everyone can rest.
A "captivating collaboration." Starred review, Kirkus
Themes: bedtime, imagination, family, rhyme.
DESMOND & THE NAUGHTYBUGS
Illustrations ©2006 by Anik McGrory; Dutton. Picture book. Hardcover available for $12.
Desmond is a sweet boy, usually. But it's hard to be good when the Naughtybugs show up--and you just never know when they might appear.
"A lighthearted look at bad behavior." Kirkus
Themes: behavior, self-control, families, humor, imagination. Download Teaching Ideas
THE TALE OF WAGMORE GENTLY
Illustrations ©2002 by John Bendall-Brunello; Dutton. Picture book. Hardcover available for $12.
Wagmore's perpetual happiness -- and oversized tail -- frequently gets him in trouble. What's a happy pup to do?
Wagmore is "a charming, gentle hero." Kirkus
Themes: dogs, tall tales, happiness, self-control, humor.