Newbery Medal award-winning writer/illustrator Lynne Rae Perkins’ most recent illustrated book for children, Pictures From Our Vacation, (Greenwillow, 2007) is heralded by the School Library Journal as a “journey into family dynamics, shared experience, and memory that is well worth the trip.” Other books from Perkins, who writes and illustrates from Northern Michigan, include:
Pictures From Our Vacation, 2007. When two kids find out that the pictures they’ve shot of their family vacation don’t tell the story, they realize they have to make memories that last in a very different way. Ages 4-8.
Criss Cross, 2005. Fourteen-year-old Debbie and her friends awaken to new experiences and feelings as they make and miss romantic connections. Upper elementary and teen. Winner John Newbery Medal.
Snow Music, 2003. Picture book. A boy experiences the sounds and sights of winter as he searches for his runaway dog. Preschool through 3rd grade. Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book.
The Broken Cat, 2002. Picture book. Family members comfort a boy worried about his injured cat with the tale of how his mother recovered from a broken arm. Preschool through 3rd grade.
All Alone in the Universe, 1999. Young-adult novel. Middle-school-aged Debbie struggles with loneliness and jealousy as her best friend takes up with another friend. American Library Association Notable Book. Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book. Smithsonian Notable Book for Children.
Clouds for Dinner, 1997. Picture book. Janet looks forward to a visit with her practical and peppy aunt in the suburbs but realizes she misses her own disorganized but imaginative parents and their hilltop home. Preschool through 3rd grade.
Home Lovely, 1995. Picture book. A girl plants seedlings to brighten up the bare mobile home where she’s moved with her mother, and, with the help of the mailman, grows a surprising crop. Preschool through 3rd grade. A Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book.
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Georgie Lee, 2002. By Sharon Phillips Denslow. Chapter Book. Adventurous J.D. meets the mysterious Holstein Georgie Lee when he spends the summer on his grandmother’s farm. Upper elementary. American Library Association Notable Book.
Janet Lively writes from Traverse City and teaches composition at Northwestern Michigan College.
Note: This article was first published in June 2006 and was updated for the web February 2008.