MAKING A FRIEND (HarperCollins, 2018)
Illustrated by Alison Friend


Beaver is good at making just about anything--except for friends. No matter how hard he tries, he just can't get it right. Then one winter day, Beaver tries to make a friend out of snow and unexpectedly makes a real friend along the way.

Raves and Reviews:

"A sure recipe for making a friend...real or snow."—Kirkus

" . . . Sauer brings a loopy wit to her dialogue that gives it fresh humor, and the point that making is a shared activity that brings people--and raccoons and beavers--closer together is a wise one. This will offer particular entertainment as a lively readaloud for storytime or other friendly occassions."—BCCB Reviews

"This title frames a friendship in the making as it first grows undiscovered, awareness of a true friendship arrives unexpectedly, and the relationship suddenly blossoms. Clever text, dialogue, and easily identifiable emotions of its characters make it a welcome addition to materials for social emotional learning."—School Library Journal

QUIET WYATT (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018)
Illustrated by Arthur Howard


Wyatt likes quiet. And being quiet works for Wyatt. But when Wyatt is paired with noisy Noreen on a class field trip, his quiet world is shattered. She's a know-it-all who is just too loud! So loud, in fact, that she might unintentionally cause some alarming problems.... Can Wyatt overcome his shyness and speak up in time to save the day?

Raves and Reviews:

"Finding humor in the juxtaposition of extremes, this picture book makes an amusing read-aloud choice." —Booklist

"A humorous friendship story with a little bit of an ironic twist." —Kirkus

"A fantastic addition to library collections, either as a read-aloud or a one-on-one selection."—School Library Journal

GO FISH! (HarperCollins, 2018)
Illustrated by Zoe Waring


​​Goose and friends are off to the pond to fish. They have their rods, the perfect bait, and fishing gear—but when they cast their lines and GO FISH, there are NO FISH to be found! Maybe ONE FISH . . . but he’s awfully big!

Raves and Reviews:

"Sauer's minimalist wordplay and Waring's rotund, cheery friends brighten up a favorite pastime. A fun summertime romp—hook, line, and sinker."—Kirkus Reviews

KNOCK KNOCK (Scholastic Press, 2018)
illustrated by Guy Francis


Knock Knock is a fresh and innovative method of humorous storytelling that uses knock-knock jokes to tell the story of a bear named Harry and his woodland friends as Bear settles in for hibernation, but his friends have other ideas.

Raves and Reviews:

" . . . a nice bedtime read-aloud, particularly for little readers who may be resisting the end of the day, even as the giant, red 'KNOCK KNOCK's encourage raucous storytime participation. An amusing and lively read that celebrates a venerable literary form."--Kirkus Reviews​

"Saturated colors, animated characters, and silly jokes will ensure repeated readers. An appealing read-aloud choice on hibernation and friendship."--School Library Journal

​* Scholastic Book Fairs and Reading Clubs Selection

* 2019 Bridge to Reading Picture Book Award Nominee

BUT THE BEAR CAME BACK (Sterling, 2018)
illustrated by Dan Taylor


Knock, knock. Who’s there? A BEAR! A furry, friendly PERSISTENT bear. And no matter how many times a grouchy little boy tries to tell him that bears don’t belong in houses, he keeps coming back—until, one day, he doesn’t. Only then does the boy realize how much he cares about the bear . . . and misses him. Can he find his friend again? A funny, surprising story about two unexpected pals.

Raves and Reviews:

"There is plenty of humor in the details of the colorful, fine-lined art, but this is largely a poignant story, one that could add a nice variety of flavor to storytime."—Booklist

"Taylor's art is appealingly retro, making the most of the silliness of the premise."—Kirkus Reviews

​* episode on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories, A BBC Children’s Programme

WORDY BIRDY (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2018)
Illustrated by David Mottram


Wordy Birdy stars a very chatty bird. It's a funny, fast-paced, lovable caper about the importance of paying attention—and the importance of standing by your friends through thick and thin.

Raves and Reviews:

"This lively narrative, enhanced by abundant, often wry, speech bubbles, incorporates amusing commentary, witty asides, and reader-directed address, all of which comically conveys Wordy Birdy's verbosity, her friends' frustrations, and ultimately, their friendship and caring. Energetic, busy layouts and page-filling, colorful cartoonish illustrations lend further pep. Employing hyperbolic elements and humor, this offers an entertaining approach to the topic of listening."—Booklist

"Sauer’s fun-to-read text and Mottram’s detailed and hilarious illustrations seamlessly meld into a cohesive whole.” —School Library Journal

". . . laugh-out-loud funny . . . caregivers will certainly find this chuckleworthy.”—Kirkus

* Spring 2018 Kids' Indie Next List
* An Amazon Best Book of February 2018
* A Barnes & Noble Best New Picture Book of 2018
* Read Brightly "18 Must-Read Picture Books of 2018"
​* A 2018-2019 Abilene ISD Mockingbird List Nominee
* A 2019 Redbud Read-Aloud Masterlist Book

TRUCK, TRUCK, GOOSE! (HarperCollins, 2017)
Illustrated by Zoe Waring


Goose is all packed for a picnic. Now all he has to do is cross the little road in front of his cottage.

Truck…truck…truck... Will Goose ever get to have his picnic?

With bold and bright illustrations from Zoe Waring and familiar, sparse text from Tammi Sauer, Truck, Truck, Goose is perfect for fans of Duck & Goose!

Raves and Reviews:

"Waring's bright, digital cartoon illustrations include pleasingly rounded, expressive characters that add great humor to the text, while the illustrated trucks, unnamed by the limited text, invite identification by the listeners. Don't duck this picture book."—Kirkus Reviews

CARING FOR YOUR LION (Sterling, 2017)
Illustrated by Troy Cummings


It’s kitten delivery day, but—SURPRISE. Congratulations on your new LION! We know you ordered a kitten, but we ran out of those. Fortunately, the big cat comes with instructions—like, try very hard NOT to look like a zebra. Or a gazelle. And give your lion PLENTY of space to play. But soon the feathers and fur start flying and everything’s in chaos. Is there any way a lion could actually be a child’s purr-fect pet?

Raves and Reviews:

"...laugh-out-loud fun. Allow plenty of time to giggle over the details."—Kirkus Reviews

"Countering [Sauer's] deadpan writing is Cummings’s (Little Red Gliding Hood) boisterous artwork."—Publishers Weekly

* a 2018 Redbud Read-Aloud Masterlist Book
* 2018 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist

(Sterling, 2016)
Illustrated by Goro Fujita


Come along on an out-of-this-world experience! In this heartwarming sequel to the critically acclaimed Your Alien, it’s the human boy’s turn to visit the extraterrestrial’s home planet—and to feel like an outsider. But with a little help from his very best friend in the whole universe, our young hero finds a way to fit in. Like the two irresistible characters, readers will have the ride of their lives.

Raves and Reviews:

"A worthy tale of friendship that will have every reader wishing for a little green buddy."—Kirkus Reviews

"This charming sequel has many levels of appeal."—Booklist

"Whether read as a stand-alone or as a sequel to Your Alien, this story exemplifies the feelings associated with being different and far from home."—School Library Journal

MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM (Sterling, 2016)
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton


This little Mary has STYLE! In this fun take on Mother Goose, fashion-forward Mary helps some of childhood's most beloved characters go glam. From the kid who lives in a shoe (and dons some fab footwear, too) to Jack, who breaks his crown but gets a great new one, Mary's school friends look fantastic in their finery. But are they now too well dressed for recess? Not to worry—Mary always shows her flair for what to wear!

Raves and Reviews:

STARRED REVIEW:  "Pinkalicious + Fancy Nancy + Eloise = Mary .  . . the brown-skinned queen of glam. [I]magination and creativity reign supreme . . . [in] this delightful picture book."—Kirkus Reviews 

“. . . a gleeful story starring a young black fashionista . . . . Tammi Sauer's (Chicken Dance; Cowboy Camp) wordplay is as spirited as the story . . .  Illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton . . . captures the giddy makeover mayhem in the dramatic expressions of her characters and in her wonderful, freewheeling use of collaged fabrics and vintage papers. . . . [an] exuberant picture-book ode to the fun of fashion.” —Shelf Awareness

"Move over, Fancy Nancy—there's a new glamour queen in town! This fun and lively read-aloud with an African American protagonist is suitable for any children's collection."—School Library Journal

* 2016 Best in Rhyme Award Top 10
* episode on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories, A BBC Children’s Programme
* 2017 Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award
​* 2018-2019 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee
* Scholastic Book Fairs and Reading Clubs Selection
​* A 2018-2019 Abilene ISD Mockingbird List Nominee

(Disney*Hyperion, 2016)
 Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger


Nobody loves Truman Elementary more than Ginny Louise. She didn't think school could get any better until--
School Field Day! Ball throws, long jumps, tug-of-war, and, to top it all off, a sack race! Ginny Louise is game for it all. But the Truman Elementary Troublemakers, Cap'n Catastrophe, Destructo Dude, and Make-My-Day May, aren't playing fair. When they go too far, can Ginny Louise use her irrepressible good humor to give everyone a reason to cheer?

Jaws will drop and eyes will pop before this School Field Day crosses the finish line.

Raves and Reviews:

"A winning choice for story time and classroom sharing."—School Library Journal

* 2016 CBC "Hot Off the Press" List

Illustrated by Angie Rozelaar


All is well at Rabbit's birthday party until the cake (and Moose!) go missing.

Raves and Reviews:

"A lesson in sharing that goes down as easily as, well, cake.”—Kirkus Reviews

“…laugh-out-loud…”—Publishers Weekly

“Readers will ask for seconds of this fun title. Super fun for storytime or one-on-one sharing."—School Library Journal

* Scholastic Reading Clubs Selection

ROAR! (Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2015)
Illustrated by Liz Starin


With scissors and tape a boy transforms himself into…a dragon! “ROAR!” he says. He is BIG. He is SCARY. Well, not really. When two dragons come over for a play date, what on earth will these three find to do together? The boy doesn’t have big teeth and he can’t breathe fire. He is just a boy. And the dragons can’t eat ice cream or do cartwheels. They are just dragons. Luckily, the dragons care more about what they all can do together, like make silly faces and do the funky monkey dance. What they really care about is being friends.

Raves and Reviews:

"Big hearted, heart gladdening, and—best—a light-hearted approach to finding friends."—Kirkus Reviews

"Sketchlike illustrations polished with watercolor make this title vivid while maintaining a childlike, hopeful quality. The resolution is particularly clever and fun. "—School Library Journal

YOUR ALIEN (Sterling, 2015)
Illustrated by Goro Fujita


 When a little boy meets a stranded alien child, the two instantly strike up a fabulous friendship. They go to school, explore the neighborhood, and have lots of fun. But at bedtime, the alien suddenly grows very, very sad. Can the boy figure out what his new buddy needs most of all? This funny, heartwarming story proves that friends and family are the most important things in the universe . . . no matter who or where you are.

Raves and Reviews:

STARRED REVIEW:  "Not since E.T. has extraterrestrial entertainment stood such a good chance of making kids (and their parents) tear up."—Publishers Weekly

STARRED REVIEW:  "Sauer’s sweet tale of interplanetary friendship makes terrific use of second-person narration. Young listeners will identify with the young protagonist whether they have dreamed of having an alien best friend or not (but really, who hasn’t?). Fujita’s digitally created cartoon illustrations have the appearance of acrylic paintings and augment the gentle humor of the simple tale. Will likely inspire preschoolers to stare hopefully heavenward looking for their own close encounters."—Kirkus Reviews

"A tender and playful look at the meaning of home—with aliens!"—School Library Journal

* An All the Wonders "The Best Book Ever [This Week] " selection
* Atlanta Parent Magazine Best Book of 2015
* NPR Best Book of 2015
* 2016 SCBWI Crystal Kite Finalist
* Foreign Rights:  France, Italy, South Korea, Spain

Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

The Truman Elementary Troublemakers are a bad bunch. Especially these three: Cap'n Catastrophe, Destructo Dude, and Make-My-Day May. But they are no match for Ginny Louise, the new hedgehog in school. Her unwavering cheerfulness in the face of their bullying will make young readers holler with glee. Full of rhymes, wordplay, and comic misunderstanding, this book will lend itself well to reading aloud as well as discussions about peer dynamics.

Raves and Reviews:

"Never underestimate the power of good, especially when it's wrapped up in as sweet a package as Ginny Louise." - Kirkus

“Ginny Louise gets her way through optimism, kindness, and sheer stubborness. Lively illustrations, the subtle western theme, and a positive message will have kids kicking up their heels in their own hoedowns. Yippee-ki-yay!"—Booklist

"...a sweet and funny reminder that peer pressure can go both ways."—BCCB

* 2015 CBC "Hot Off the Press" List

NUGGET & FANG (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)
Illustrated by Micheal Slack


In the deep ocean, tiny Nugget and big, toothy Fang get along swimmingly—until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! How can they possibly be friends? Desperate to regain Nugget’s trust, Fang goes to wild (and hilarious) extremes. But it’s not until his big sharp teeth save the entire school that minnows learn this shark is no foe. Fantastically stylized artwork adds even more humor to this undersea story of unlikely friendship.

Raves and Reviews:

"It's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero."—Kirkus

"Sauer creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout."—Publishers Weekly

"The text's cadence is well-timed for sharing aloud, and both narrative and illustrations zing with humorous touches."—School Library Journal

"Kids are likely to snap it up hook, line, and sinker."—BCCB

* Scholastic Book Fairs and Reading Clubs Selection
* Scholastic Australia Reading Clubs Selection
* Scholastic Canada Reading Clubs Selection
* 2014 Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award
* 2014 Texas 2X2 Book Selection
* 2014 Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award
* 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist
* 2015 Washington Children's Choice Award Nominee
* 2016 Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee
* 2016 Book Choice for Read Across Oklahoma
* 2016 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award Nominee
* 2016 Book Choice for Read Across Oklahoma

Illustrated by Victoria Hutto

This fictionalized account of two cousins shares facts about the state of Oklahoma to the tune of this well-known carol.

Raves and Reviews:

* 2013 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist

OH, NUTS! (Bloomsbury, 2012)
Illustrated by Dan Krall

Three chipmunks with attitude feel like they're just not getting the attention they deserve at the zoo, so they go to great lengths to compete with the elephants, tigers, and zebras.

Raves and Reviews:

"...an over the top sense of humor prevails."—Publishers Weekly

"The zany, off-the-wall look of modern Disney movies will reel in the kids, so they won't even notice the sweet message about self-acceptance."—Booklist

"The silly chubby-cheeked critters are textually and visually full of character."—Horn Book Guide Reviews

* 2013 Book Choice for Read Across Oklahoma
* Featured Selection of the Children's Book-of-the-Month

PRINCESS IN TRAINING (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
Illustrated by Joe Berger


Viola Louise Hassenfeffer is a princess who is anything but prim and proper--she karate chops, dives into the moat, and skateboards up and down the drawbridge. Princess Academy is a total bust--until a surprise dragon arrives and only Viola can save the day.

Raves and Reviews:

"Princess power saves the day in this humorous antidote to pretty in pink ."—Kirkus Reviews

"Viola flunks Propriety 101, but gets an A+ in Saving the Day."—Publishers Weekly

* 2013 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist
* 2013 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist
* 2014 Winner of the Creative Women of Oklahoma Award for Children's Books
* Foreign Rights:  Hebrew

BAWK & ROLL (Sterling, 2012)
Illustrated by Dan Santat


Marge and Lola hit the road with Elvis Poultry and soon discover the tour gives them stage fright. They try all sorts of things to cure it, but nothing works. Can Marge and Lola prove that chickens bawk and roll?

Raves and Reviews:

"This flock rocks."—Kirkus Reviews

"...punny, rocking romp."—Publishers Weekly

"Get ready to rock with another tongue-in-beak tale from Sauer and Santat."—School Library Journal

* Accepted into the 2012 Original Art Show in New York
* 2013 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist
* Foreign Rights:  Chinese

ME WANT PET! (Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2012)
Illustrated by Bob Shea


Cave Boy goes in search of the perfect prehistoric pet.

Raves and Reviews:

"This account of the age-old bond between animals and children is ideally paced for read-aloud pleasure."—Kirkus Reviews

"Sauer has crafted a humorous read-aloud that's both age-appropriate and entertaining."—School Library Journal

"In this Stone Age comedy, Sauer and Shea imagine a child with a demand as old as time."—Publishers Weekly

* 2012 BCCB Blue Ribbon Winner
* 2012 Los Angeles Public Library Best Book of the Year
* Top Ten Picture Book Read-Aloud of 2012 (Betsy Ramsey Bird, NYPL)
* Scholastic Reading Clubs Selection
* Foreign Rights:  French

MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS (Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2011)
Illustrated by Jeff Mack


An uppity duck goes a little haywire when the barnyard animals show up for a surprise swim in his otherwise peaceful pond.

Raves and Reviews:

"Sauer’s dour and disciplined duck and his rhyming hissy fits will most definitely entertain. Mack’s furry and feathered wide-eyed animals rendered in ebullient acrylic are a great match for this fine farmyard fable."—Kirkus Reviews

"The animals' merriment is always tangible..."—Publishers Weekly

"A pleasing book that offers a viable avenue for discussion about how sometimes compromise is the best way to go."—School Library Journal

* 2012 North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee
* 2012 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist
* 2012 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist
* Scholastic Reading Clubs Selection
* Scholastic Book Fairs Selection
* 2014 Book Choice for Read Across Oklahoma

MOSTLY MONSTERLY (Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2010)
Illustrated by Scott Magoon


On the outside, Bernadette is an ordinary monster. But underneath the fangs and fur, she has a deep, dark secret. She has a sweet side and feels it's time to unveil it to her classmates.

Raves and Reviews:

"Sauer's turnabout story of a square peg trying to fit into a round hole isn't particularly new, but her telling, with just the right amount of repetition and sophisticated vocabulary planted in simple sentences, is winning. Magoon's monster-hued cartoons pay a little homage to Sendak but also revel in such details as prep-school uniforms and a Monster Moves Class with yoga mats and monster-themed hydration bottles-- and Bernadette's a fanged, horned charmer."—Kirkus Reviews

"I would hand this to the girl that finds herself in a family of brothers only. I would hand it to the kid who finds his or herself to be the only sane person in a sea of disobeying twits. I’d give it to the kid who has monsterish instincts of their own, and the one who would never purposefully disobey but can at least give themselves permission to dream about it a little. Heck, I’d give it to everybody. It’s not your usual “be yourself” moral, and I think that kids can seriously appreciate that. Worth inspecting closely."—Fuse 8

"A fun and delightful read for all children who have both a monsterly and a kind side."—School Library Journal

* 2010 Scholastic Parent & Child Best Book of the Year
* 2011 Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award
* 2011 Winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award
* Scholastic "Time to Read with Just-Right Books for K-2" Editor's Pick
* 2012 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories selection
* Scholastic Reading Clubs Selection

CHICKEN DANCE ( Sterling, 2009)  
Illustrated by Dan Santat


Meet Marge and Lola, chickens on a mission: to win tickets for the Elvis Poultry Show! But their toughest competition—a pack of menacing ducks—sneers that “all a chicken can do is bawk, flap, and shake.” Can our two feisty chicks show those quackers how to rock ’n’ roll the barnyard?

Tammi Sauer and Dan Santat have whipped up a giddy, goofy romp where cows fly over the moon, ducks surf in a water trough, and one very familiar-looking rooster gets all shook up!

Raves and Reviews:

"The zippy narrative features punchy dialogue and witty interactions; creative wordplay abounds ("Let's bawk and roll!"). Droll delivery soars high, advancing the story line to its playful conclusion. Santat's rich ink-and-acrylic designs provide a humorous context through animated expressions... Utilizing shadow and depth, warm colors provide the backgrounds for the energetic antics. Fly the coop to enjoy this hilarious adventure."—Kirkus Reviews

"With snappy banter...and tightly constructed storytelling, Sauer (Cowboy Camp) pulls off the neat trick of both embracing and spoofing the against-all-odds genre. Totally in sync with his collaborator, Santat's...sculptural, mixed media pictures exude an old-fashioned, theatrical drama that lifts the many jokes—visual and textual—into sublime silliness."—Publishers Weekly

* Accepted into the 2009 Original Art Show in New York
* 2009 NAPPA Gold Award
* 2009 ABC Best Books for Children
* 2010 Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award
* 2010 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best book
* 2010 Book Choice for Read Across Oklahoma
* 2009/2010 Book Choice for Oklahoma Celebration of Reading
* 2011 Nominee for the Grand Canyon Reader Award
* 2010/2011 Nominee for the Buckaroo Book Award
* 2011 Winner of the Donna Norvell Award
* Scholastic Reading Clubs Selection
* Foreign Rights:  French, Chinese

COWBOY CAMP (Sterling, 2005)
Illustrated by Mike Reed


Giddyup, kids, and gallop right over to read this rootin’, tootin’ tale of an unlikely hero. Avery’s at camp, trying hard to saddle up and master his lasso, but he’s just not like the other cowboys. He’s allergic to horses and can’t stand the grub. But when a bully threatens all the campers, Avery proves his mettle in his own unique way.

Raves and Reviews:

"Sauer's COWBOY CAMP is a simple, clever tale that promises to be a crowd-pleaser."—Booklist

"This book will be appreciated by any child who has shared Avery's concerns about not fitting in with the group."—School Library Journal

* 2006 Oklahoma Book Award finalist
* Barnes & Noble 2005 “Holiday Pick”
* Selected for Nevada Young Readers’ Award Reading List for 2007
* Selected by the Oklahoma Center for the Book as the premier Oklahoman title at the 2007 National Book Festival
* 2009 Book Choice for Read Across Oklahoma 
* Nominated for the 2009-2010 Buckaroo Book Award 


THE FARM THAT MAC BUILT (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, TBA)
Illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic

Illustrated by David Mottram

NUGGET & FANG GO TO SCHOOL (Clarion, 2019)
Illustrated by Michael Slack

A LITTLE CHICKEN (Sterling, 2019)
Illustrated by Dan Taylor

MARY HAD A LITTLE PLAN (Sterling, 2021)

Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

MARY HAD A LITTLE JAM (Sterling, 2022)

Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton


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