Books by Lorie Ann Grover

Books by Lorie Ann Grover
Kirkus Starred Review, Firstborn: "A fantasy that reads like a lost history tome and deftly examines issues of gender...An engrossing story with welcome depths."

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  • I LOVE ALL OF ME
  • Series: Wonderful Me
  • Board Book: 24 pages
  • Illustrator: Carolina Búzio
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (September 17, 2019)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1338286236

  • SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Best Board Book of the Season

From “wiggle toes” and “smelly nose” to “blinky eyes” and “bendy knees,” this is a delightful, affirming ode to toddler parts. The smile-inducing rhymes beg to be repeated again and again, while the bold palette and cheery images heighten the book’s enthusiastic tone. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Grover’s rhyming text soars, and reading the words aloud almost feels like singing a song...a vibrant and lyrical ode to bodies ideal for those learning to explore their own. 
KIRKUS REVIEWS

But Grover’s book gets right to the point in an unfussy and streamlined way; it’s a breath of fresh air and just right for sharing with the toddlers in your life....With a book like Grover’s at the ready, that grownup can say to a child: I love you just the way you are, and I want you to do the same. What a powerful and compassionate sentiment. Julie Danielson
KIRKUS REVIEWS

Celia Lee at Scholastic/Cartwheel has bought world rights to Lorie Ann Grover's self-empowerment board book series, Wonderful Me, illustrated by Cocoretto. The series begins with two books, I Love All of Me and I Know I Can. Publication is scheduled for 2019; the author represented herself, and Emily Coggins at Astound represented the illustrators 
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  • BRIGHT NIGHT
  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Illustrator: Jo Parry
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; (October 3, 2017)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310757368

Grover effectively reduces the Nativity story to quippy rhyming phrases in this padded board book, whose cozy mood is bolstered by Parry’s soft, gauzy-looking digital artwork. “Carry Mary,” reads the opening spread as Joseph leads a donkey down a road as birds, butterflies, and a rabbit dance around the couple. From there, they land in the “safe place” of the stable, celebrate “boy joy” when Jesus is born, and enjoy a little “swaddle, coddle” before visitors arrive, having followed the “far star” in the night sky. It’s a simple, punchy, and jubilant retelling. Ages 4–8. (Oct.) 
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While adoring birds, butterflies, and barnyard animals look on, Mary and Joseph make their way to a stable to welcome baby Jesus. When he arrives, he is greeted into the world by an angel, shepherds, wise men, and God who sends "Love from above" in the symbol of a shining star. The simple structure of this board book, with two or three rhyming words per illustration, makes it perfect for toddlers. It's also lovely to look at, with its bright palette, soft edges, and gently rounded, cartoon figures. VERDICT A delightful Nativity story to show very little ones, not to mention a great stocking stuffer.—Rita Law, Los Angeles Public Library 
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  • A BIG HUG FOR LITTLE CUB
  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Illustrator: Rosalinda Kightley
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (January 7, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545530910

Readers follow the adventures of a golden yellow lion cub from daybreak to nightfall. Grover narrates the cub’s journey in punchy couplets (“We run free./ So much to see./ Grasses sway./ I lead the way”) as he pounces after a brown bird (who doesn’t seem to mind all that much), rests under a tree with his lioness mother, and tussles with another small lion.
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A day-in-the-life tale of a lion cub and his mother. From morning until night, the little wild cat enjoys pouncing, playing, exploring and preening while his momma looks on and offers a helping paw when needed. 
The youngster encounters a fellow cub and a couple of meerkats before hunkering down with momma for the night. Each double-page spread (on thinner-than-normal board-book stock) provides a different view of the grassland setting in both bright and muted earth tones. Kightley’s paintings, which have the look of acrylic on canvas, are deft at capturing the sunny yellow cub and his playmate in motion. This is a kinder and gentler savanna. While the little feline appears to stalk a bird under his mother’s guidance, this feathered friend does not become a meal on subsequent pages. In gentle rhyming couplets meted out in one or two couplets per page, the first-person-narrator cub describes the action: “We run free. / So much to see. / Grasses sway. / I lead the way.”  

As realism is not the object here, these lions are cute, cuddly and toothless, safe for sharing a crib with baby. (Board book. 1-3)
KIRKUS REVIEW

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  • BEDTIME KISS FOR LITTLE FISH
  • Board book: 14 pages
  • Illustrator: Debra Ziss
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545128230

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Utterly serene from start to finish.

PARENTS MAGAZINE
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REACH OUT AND READ
Virtual Book Drive Selection, 2013





  • HUG HUG!
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Illustrator: Rebecca Malone
  • Publisher: Little Simon; (December 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416947660
 
About.com
Lorie Ann Grover explores the power of a hug and how some of the best hugs don't even need to use arms -- just love. 
AMANDA'S PARENTING PRESCHOOLERS BLOG


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  • WHEN DADDY COMES HOME
  • Board book: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689874710

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Thick black lines and solid swathes of color make this a joyful celebration for parent and child.


And picture book:



  • RAINY DAY SLUG
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Author: Mary Palenick Colburn
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (January 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570612381

SEATTLE TIMES
This delightful yarn follow the explorations of an adventurous slug as he makes his way from the garden into a young boy's house....Kids will ask for this one again and again.

THE NEWS TRIBUNE
Grover's cheerful palette of colors are aimed at very young readers and prereaders....(she) employs some playful angles and textures in her illustrations...

PIERCE COUNTY LIBRARY

a Best of 2000: Books for Giving and Sharing, selected by Youth Service Librarians