Published Children's Books
Utterly, Otterly Night
Utterly Otterly Night is the fifth picture book for the team of Mary Casanova and Ard Hoyt, and the second book in the “Utterly Otterly” series. The Utterly Otterly stories are wonderful for reading aloud. Children and adults alike will enjoy the playful language and adventures that Little Otter finds himself in.
Tilly the Trickster
Tilly is a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing a little trouble. From leaking cups to toothpaste-flavored cookies, Tilly has a trick for everyone. But when the tables are turned and her family does some scheming of its own, will Tilly decide to change her trickster ways? Molly Shannon and bestselling illustrator Ard Hoyt have crafted an exuberant and riotous story guaranteed to tickle your funny bone!
The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town
When Dirk Yeller scours the town for something to stop his itchin’ and twitchin’ and jumpin’ and rattlin’, no one seems able to help. But Sam, who’s been following Dirk all day—and who can sometimes be a little fidgety, too—knows the perfect solution. Energetic illustrations and lively language capture the Wild West in this perfect read aloud for book lovers of all ages.
Piggies in the Kitchen
When Mama leaves for the day, her piggies have big plans. Sneaking into the kitchen to bake some treats, they make quite a mess—but it’s all for a very special surprise party! Readers will squeal with delight over Michelle Meadows and New York Times bestselling illustrator Ard Hoyt’s raucous tale of culinary chaos.
Share with Brother
The floppy-eared protagonist from Love the Baby is back, and his troubles are mounting. Family members have assured him that his little brother will be lots of fun now that he's getting older, but nobody said anything about sharing... and sharing with brother isn't as easy as everyone thinks. In fact, it's enough to make our furry hero completely lose his cool.
The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School
Mom and Dad Fleefenbacher think their daughter Zoe's hair is wild and beautiful. But Zoe's about to start first grade, and her new teacher says, "No wild hair in my class!" So what are Zoe and her free-spirited hair going to do now? With exuberance and humor to spare, Laurie Halse Anderson and Ard Hoyt, tease up a terrific tale of hairy hijinks, classroom chaos, and the importance of teachers and students learning to work together.
Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer
Winnie Finn is crazy about earthworms and knows everything about them. When spring arrives in Quincy County, all she can think about is the county fair coming up. This year, she would like nothing more than to win a prize for her worms so that she might buy a shiny new wagon for transporting them around. Trouble is, there’s no prize at the fair for worms . . . Bright, energetic illustrations accompany this jaunty tale about a young girl’s creativity that will inspire readers of all interests. — but especially those with a love for something wiggly.
Chasing George Washington
A Class Trip Turns into a Wild-Goose Chase! Dee, José, and Annie are touring the White House when they accidentally knock an old painting of George Washington off the wall - and the first president escapes! As they race to put him back, the three meet other famous people who lived in the White House. Based on a play by the Kennedy Center and the White House Historical Association, written by Karen Zacarías, Deborah Wicks La Puma, and the Young Playwrights Theater, and now touring nationally.
Utterly, Otterly Day
Little Otter likes to play in a carefree, unabashed, utterly otterly way. Mom warns Little Otter, "Be careful!" Dad says, "Stay close!" But does Little Otter listen? Oh, no! Little Otter thinks he's a big otter now, big enough to take care of himself. But watch out, Little Otter, because no matter how big you get, it's good to have loved ones looking out for you. Features darling illustrations by Ard Hoyt.
George the dog is slow and steady. George has a good life--until a wiry stray arrives and changes everything. Zippity is a bouncer, a leaper, a runner. On fishing trips, he dives in and catches fish. The night a thunderstorm hits, George doesn't mind the noise, but Zippity goes crazy, racing around breaking things, and is ordered out. Well-crafted, breezy drawings animate the flurry and frenzy. All's well that ends well, with two wagging tails.
Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major
Archie Roosevelt is a typical kid -- except that his dad is Teddy Roosevelt, the president of the United States, and they live in the White House! When Archie and his siblings get their hands on a treasure map, they are on the hunt. The map takes them on an adventure through the White House and its history, and leads them to a treasure they'll never forget! Based on a play produced by the Kennedy Center and the White House Historical Association that is touring across the country.
When the Cows Got Loose
While Ida Mae's busy daydreaming about how to get famous, her twenty-six cows are busy flying the coop. Now it's up to Ida Mae and her trusty dog Calliope, to rustle up that herd of loitering livestock. It's the only after each of those cavorting cows is corralled that Ida Mae can finally get back to the task at hand -- making her own dreams come true. Carol Weis makes a stellar debut as she joins New York Times bestselling artist Ard Hoyt in a lively tale of one determined girl and twenty-six crazy cows..
I'm a Manatee
"From time to time I dream that I'm a manatee,
Undulating underneath the sea."
A little boy dreams of becoming a manatee, and what a dream it is! With his new gigan-atee manatee proportions, he sets off on an underwater adventure with his manatee friends. I'm a Manatee won the ABC Children's Booksellers' Choice Award and was featured in Child Magazine's Top Books of the Year.
My Daddy and Me
We go together Like honey and bees, like peanut butter and jelly, like hide and seek. Whatever the weather, we go together. Read along as daddies and children play through the seasons in this simple story of love between parent and child. Drawings by Ard Hoyt of all different kinds of fathers and children accompany Amy Sklansky's darling text.
Daniel Boone's Great Escape
Daniel Boone's Great Escape tells the dramatic story of Daniel's capture by Shawnee Indians. When he escapes and tries to return back home, he begins a desperate run to freedom, traveling 160 miles through a primeval forest in just four days time. Will he make it in time to warn the settlers at Boonesboro to prepare for the coming Shawnee attack? Based on a true story!
Mr. Murry and Thumbkin
While fastidious Mr. Murry mouse scurries around preparing his home for winter, his easygoing new neighbor Thumbkin mouse enjoys lazing around in the sun and munching on fat pumpkin seeds. Oh how this makes Mr. Murry worry! Ultimately, he opens up his heart and home to lazy Thumbkin and saves him from the chill and loneliness of winter. This delightful rhyming story is sure to warm the hearts of the worrisome and carefree alike.
When the a little girl sets out for a paddle around the lake, she intends to have just one animal along for the ride: her dog. The two canoe companionably for a time, gliding past pine trees, ducks, fish, and frogs. Then a beaver on the bank asks if he can join them. The girl protests politely--"It's a one-dog canoe"--but the beaver scrambles in anyway and finds a seat comfortably near the picnic basket. Soon the three are joined by a loon, a wolf, a bear, a moose, and finally a frog hoping for a dry ride.
Saying Goodbye to Lulu
Lulu, a black-and-white mutt, is adored by her freckle-faced owner, a girl whose parents gently help her care her aging and then very sick dog. The pictures excel in tenderness without sentimentality. The realistic-looking cartoons, done with watercolor, colored pencil, and pen and ink, strongly convey the personalities of both girl and dog as they share good times and difficult moments.
Teachers' Night Before Halloween
It's the day before Halloween. In every classroom, teachers are struggling to keep order. When the principal issues a memo that says all teachers must attend the Halloween parade, the faculty wake up on Halloween morning filled with dread. But there's a treat in store for the teachers this year. The students have canceled the Halloween Day parade! There's just one catch, the students promise that next year, there's bound to be more trick than treat!
The Impossible Patriotism Project
Caleb's class is making projects that represent patriotism to display at Parents' Night. But Caleb can't think of a single way to show what patriotism means to him. Besides, his dad can't even come to Parents' Night because he is far away, serving as a soldier. Then, when Caleb really starts thinking about his dad and what he is doing for the country, inspiration finally strikes! This is a classic story, full of warmth and humor.
Bobby the Bold
Bobby, a bonobo, lives with the chimps in the zoo, but they they make fun of him because he is smaller and hairier than they are. But the bonobo figures out how to leave and begins an adventure, which involves a bus ride and a new haircut–a Mohawk. When he returns to the zoo, he's greeted with shrieks of admiration. No longer an outsider, he finds himself grooming the chimps and being lovingly groomed himself. Pen-and-ink illustrations dance across the pages as Bobby swings and frolics.
Love the Baby
Bunny greets they new baby in the family with a great big smile, but it isn't long before he decides that babies aren't good for much. Everyone tells him to "love the baby," but that's a tough order when it comes to a tiny, cute interloper who steals all the attention. The pictures, which are filled edge to edge with energetic bunny figures in broad, swirling strokes and pencil cross-hatching, pair nicely with the straightforward text, giving it a zesty layer of humor.