Picture Books
What happens when a librarian drives a bookmobile into the zoo? Literacy. Hilarity. Writing of new books. Building a Zoobrary. A New York Times #1 childrens bestseller.

A hilarious alpha-bedtime story. Big letters try to put their little letters to bed, but the little ones are not cooperating. How will it end? Only Z knows for sure. A Horn Book Magazine best book of 2009.

Wacky rhymes based on scientific facts about emperor penguins, from the first peck on the eggshell in "I'm Almost Hatched," to penguin romance in "Be My Penguin," to the singing of the "Antarctic Anthem."

Who's new at the zoo?

Brand new babies, that's who.

Some popped from their mamas,

some hatched out of eggs,

some walked right away

on long wobbly legs."

A heartwarming and funny tale of adoption at the zoo.

The story of how Old MacDonald got his farm, with help from the ever-bossy Little Red Hen, reveals the true meaning of "E-I-E-I-O!"

The Big Bad Wolf is getting older. He's moved into the Villain Villa Retirement Center. An invitation to the storytime tea at the public library gives him a chance to prove that he's changed his ways.

What stands between a clever little monkey and those sweet bananas hanging from a tree? The Sillabobble Sea and its inhabitants, a band of hungry crocodiles. The monkey's counting skills help save the day.

Mr. Crocodile has planned his day hour by hour, finishing the afternoon with a crunchy monkey lunch. The monkeys have a different day in mind, one that ends with friendship.

It's a gloomy, rainy winter at the zoo, but the little hippo and the kangaroo know exactly how to banish the doldrums—put on a gigantic, spectacular show. A ZooZical!

E-I-E-I-O! receives

2014 Parents Choice Award!

Illustrated by Matthew Myers. Published by Candlewick Press, 2014.

". . . Old MacDonald meets a clever hen, and together they turn a simple lawn into something extraordinary. It's rare that a reinterpretation of a classic turns out to be so much fun, but rhymes and worms and nosy neighbors coalesce to create a lovely twist on this old favorite."


"A sustainability take on the old nursery rhyme, this humorous go-round places the Little Red Hen in the role of consultant to Old MacDonald."



"Sierra has written an ingenious parable that’s ripped-from-the-headlines (or HGTV), and she has a two-peas-in-a-pod partnership with Myers, whose sculptural pictures and sly comedy add just the right amount of visual extravagance."

—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


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Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems. Illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey. Harcourt, 1998.

Ballyhoo Bay. Illustrated by Derek Anderson. Simon & Schuster, 2009.

The Beautiful Butterfly. Illustrated by Victoria Chess. Clarion, 2000.

Beastly Rhymes to Read After Dark Illustrated by Brian Biggs. Knopf, 2008.

Born to Read Illustrated by Marc Brown. Knopf, 2008.

Can You Guess My Name? Classic Tales Around the World. Illustrated by Stefano Vitale. Clarion, 2002.

Coco and Cavendish: Circus Dogs. Illustrated by Paul Meisel. Random House, 2002.

Coco and Cavendish: Fire Dogs. Illustrated by Paul Meisel. Random House, 2004.

Counting Crocodiles. Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. Harcourt, 1997.

The Dancing Pig. Illustrated by Jesse Sweetwater. Harcourt, 1999.

E-I-E-I-O! How Old MacDonald Got His Farm (with a Little Help from a Hen). Illustrated by Matthew Myers. Candlewick, 2014.

The Elephant's Wrestling Match. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Lodestar, 1992.

The Gift of the Crocodile. Illustrated by Reynold Ruffins. Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Good Night, Dinosaurs. Illustrated by Victoria Chess. Clarion, 1996.

Gruesome Guide to World Monsters. Illustrated by Henrik Drescher. Candlewick, 2005.

The House That Drac Built. Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. Harcourt, 1995.

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf. Illustrated by J. Otto Seibold. Knopf, 2007.

Monster Goose. Illustrated by Jack E. Davis. Harcourt 2001.

Never Kick a Ghost, and Other Silly Chillers HarperCollins 2011.

Nursery Tales Around the World. Illustrated by Stefano Vitale. Clarion, 1996.

Preschool to the Rescue. Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. Harcourt, 2001.

Schoolyard Rhymes. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Knopf, 2005.

The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School. Illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Silly and Sillier: Read Aloud Tales from Around the World. Illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev. Knopf, 2002.

Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Tale from Alphabet Town. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Knopf, 2009.

Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur. Illustrated by Tim Bowers. Knopf, 2012.

Tasty Baby Belly Buttons. Illustrated by Meilo So. Knopf, 1999.

Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf. Illustrated by J. Notto Seibold, 2010.

Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie Illustrated by Edward Koren. Knopf, 2006.

There’s a Zoo in Room 22. Illustrated by Barney Saltzberg. Harcourt, 2000.

‘Twas the Fright Before Christmas. Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. Harcourt 2002.

We Love Our School! Illustrated by Linda Davick. Knopf, 2011.

What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? Illustrated by Doug Cushman. Harcourt, 2004.

Wild About Books. Illustrated by Marc Brown. Knopf, 2004.

Wild About You. Illustrated by Marc Brown. Knopf, 2012.

Wiley and the Hairy Man. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Lodestar, 1996.

ZooZical Illustrated by Marc Brown. Knopf, 2011.


Celtic Baby Names. Folkprint, 1997.

Children's Traditional Games. (with Bob Kaminski). Oryx, 1995.

Cinderella (Oryx Multicultural Folktale Series). Oryx, 1992.

Fantastic Theater: Puppets and Plays for Young Players and Young Audiences. H.W. Wilson, 1991.

The Flannel Board Storytelling Book. H.W. Wilson, 1987. 2nd ed., 1997. Kindle and Nook editions, 2012.

Mother Goose’s Playhouse: Toddler Tales and Nursery Rhymes. BKMA, 1994.

Multicultural Folktales. (with BobKaminski). Oryx, 1991.

Multicultural Folktales for Feltboard and Reader's Theater. Oryx, 1996.

Spanish Baby Names. Folkprint, 2002.

Storytellers' Research Guide: Folktales, Myths and Legends. Folkprint, 1996.

Twice Upon a Time: Stories to Tell, Retell, Act Out and Write About. (with Bob Kaminski). H.W. Wilson, 1989.