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Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Published by Candlewick Press (July 2021)

ISBN: 978-1536203943


In a clever take on the "night at the museum" theme, a little mouse with a genius for collecting leads picture book readers—and seek-and-find fans—on a thrilling nocturnal adventure. 

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"A delightful, entertaining romp with lots of surprises!" —Kirkus

"The writing draws listeners into the story with hints of daring escapades, and its tone sets the stage for adventure. The inviting artwork … enhances that atmosphere with shadowy scenes of the exhibit halls at night. Fun for reading aloud!" —Booklist

"[Murphy's] digitally colored pen and ink drawings are both adventure-story cinematic and wonderfully evocative." —Publishers Weekly


Co-written with Debbi Michiko Florence

Illustrated by Yuko Jones

Published by Macmillan Books (September 2021)


★ "In 13 'bites,' [Michalak and Florence] follow Nakayama through food-centered memories, including bonding moments with her grandmother, embarking on a post-high school Tokyo food tour, and trying and then studying kaiseki at a cousin's ryokan. 'There, Niki was served a meal of / many courses. One by one, / the dishes flowed like a stream,' much like the book's prose. Mixed media and digital art by Jones make each vignette atmospheric, with varying angles and insets, toothsome details, and watercolor washes." —Publishers Weekly, starred review 


Illustrated by Bob Kolar
Candlewick Press, October 2019 
ISBN 978-07636-9559-0 (hardcover)

Frank likes peace and quiet. He likes his tent, his pencil, and writing in his secret notebook. Bean likes noise. He likes his bus, his trumpet -- toot, toot! -- and making music. Loud music. But Bean is missing something: he does not have words. What will happen if Frank shares his words with Bean? 


A 2019 Amazon Best Book of the Year

2019 Junior Library Guild Selection

Florida 2020-2021 SSYRA JR Award Nominee

Cybils Award finalist


"A hilarious tale of hot dog meets bean....The Bert-and-Ernie–esque odd-couple pairing results in countless laugh-out-loud exchanges. --Kirkus

"Kolar's (Trucker and Train) sleek, animation-style digital art and Michalak's (the Joe and Sparky series) highly performative dialogue build to a manic hilarity that makes these pals, as Bean might say, 'half cool and half amazing.'" --Publishers Weekly

"An engaging and humorous tale of two friends whose personality differences lead to growth as well as some fun adventures. --School Library Journal

Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Candlewick Press
September 2017
ISBN 978-0-7636-8206-4

A 2017 Junior Library Guild Selection

One day Joe, the exuberant giraffe, decides to throw a party for his pet worm, Wiggy. There’s just one problem: Sparky the turtle is not entirely sure if Wiggy even exists! What will happen when every animal in the zoo shows up to Wiggy’s party with presents and cake? Worm or no worm, this silly, satisfying tale is sure to leave new readers smiling.

Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Candlewick Press, June 2013
ISBN 978-0-7636-6278-3 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-07636-7181-5

The endearing and mismatched pals accidentally latch onto a big yellow bus and leave the cageless zoo for their first trip to school.

An Amazon Best Book of the Year
The Library of Congress/Center for the Book 52 Great Reads for Kids
A Cybils Finalist

★ "Perfect for the newly independent reader and makes a fine bridge from Amelia Bedelia to Ramona." —The Horn Book, starred review

Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Candlewick Press, March 2011
ISBN 978-0-7636-4578-6 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-7636-6059-8 (paperback)

The unlikely duo return in a very funny tale of friendship, derring-do, and the discovery that, bold or shy, anyone can become a superstar.

A Bankstreet Best Book of the Year

★ "This warm buddy story is just about perfect for new readers . . . This little treasure is one that will get passed around." —Kirkus, starred review

Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Candlewick Press, March 2009
ISBN 978-0-7636-3387-5 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-7636-4893-0 (paperback)

A Kirkus Best Children's Book of the Year
A Chicago Public Library Best Children's Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection

★ “Children . . . will laugh out loud at the innocent assumptions Joe and Sparky make as they explore the world outside Sparky's shell. Utterly charming!” —Kirkus, starred review

Illustrated by Jon Davis
tiger tales, September 2013
ISBN 978-1-58925-121-2

After a fun winter’s day of sledding, a family of bears returns to their cozy home. They share big bear hugs, grilled cheese and hot cocoa, books, and cookies. Then, Mother and Father Bear carry their tired, happy children to bed. Gentle, rhyming text and soft, inviting illustrations make this a perfect choice for bedtime.

"A perfect book to help settle your youngsters down for the night or to enjoy when the weather is raging outside [and] appreciate all the loveliness of home." —The Children's and Teens' Book Connection

Illustrated by Mark Fearing
Candlewick Press, May 2011
ISBN 978-07636-5550-1 (hardcover)

Let's go Bigfooting! This valuable field guide contains everything you need to know about the furry fugitive, including tips on trapping and releasing your specimen.

"Bigfoot enthusiasts rejoice." --Children's Literature

Illustrated by Kaori Watanabe
tiger tales, September 2008
ISBN 978-1-58925-840-2 (padded board book)

Lily Fairy is having a tea party. Join her as she gets ready for her guests—and learn a rainbow of colors—with this cheery padded board book.

Illustrated by Kaori Watanabe
tiger tales, September 2008
ISBN 978-1-58925-841-9 (padded board book)

Shh! The fairies are getting ready for bed. Count one glowing moon, two cozy quilts, three bedtime books, and more. Settle down with the fairies—and learn the numbers one through ten.

Illustrated by Jill Newton
Candlewick Press, August 2007
ISBN 978-07636-2963-2 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-07636-2964-9 (paperbacks in slipcase)

Things can get a bit prickly when your best friend is a porcupine. Four funny tales with a final twist, perfectly suited for first-time readers.



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Humorous and educational chapter book adaptions of the popular Martha Speaks animated series on PBS KIDS.

Designed to enrich the vocabulary of 4- to 7-year-olds, the series is based on the classic Houghton Mifflin books by Susan Meddaugh that have charmed and captivated millions of children.

Please click on the "Martha Speaks PBS Kids" header for individual book titles and ISBNs.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 2013
ISBN 978-0-547-86784-7 (hardcover)

Action! Adventure! Robotic dogs! This exciting graphic novel includes six daring doggy adventures and a bonus activities section full of fun things to do and make!