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But The Bear Came Back

​(Sterling, 2018)

Illustrated by Dan Taylor

But the Bear Came Back

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

* Foreign rights:  China, South Korea, The Netherlands, Italy



Wordy Birdy

​(Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2018)

Illustrated by David Mottram

Wordy Birdy

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

* A MOTHER Magazine Best Children’s Book of 2018

* Scholastic Book Fairs and Reading Clubs Selection

* 2019 Bank Street College Best Book of the Year

* 2019 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist

* 2020 Book Choice for Read Across Oklahoma 

* 2019 Amazon Prime Book Box selection

Truck Truck Goose

​(HarperCollins, 2018)

Illustrated by Zoe Waring

Truck, Truck, Goose!

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 Lon

​(Sterling, 2017)

Illustrated by Troy Cummings

Caring For Your Lion

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

* Scholastic Book Clubs Selection

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