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The Canning Season

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2003

by Polly Horvath Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 06, 2003)

Love under trying circumstances

One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clark's ill-natured mother tells her that Ratchet will be leaving their Pensacola apartment momentarily to take the train up north. There she...


Madlenka Soccer Star

by Peter Sís Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (November 16, 2010)

Three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sis rides the rising tide of soccer enthusiasm to score another winner.

Madlenka -- that cosmopolitan little girl whose city block is a world of its own -- is back and ready...


Off-Color

by Janet McDonald Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (October 15, 2007)

Spunky and headstrong, Cameron blasts music, challenges adults, and cuts class when she feels like it. She lives with her single mom in Brooklyn and hangs out with best friends Amanda, P, and Crystal. Life in...


Tractor Mac Tune-Up

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (September 07, 2015)

Tractor Mac is hard at work in the field one day when his engine starts to make a funny noise. It doesn't sound good, and it doesn't feel very good, either. Tractor Mac is scared that he has to take a trip to...


Green Green

by Marie Lamba, Baldev Lamba & Sonia Sanchez Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 08, 2017)

Green grass is wide and fresh and clean for a family to play in, and brown dirt is perfect for digging a garden. But when gray buildings start to rise up and a whole city builds, can there be any room for green...


Tractor Mac Builds a Barn

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (September 07, 2015)

Tractor Mac is used to driving across the fields-after all, what good are wheels if you can't use them? So he's disappointed when Farmer Bill parks him to run a saw mill and he sees that all of the other animals...


Tractor Mac Countdown to Christmas

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (September 12, 2016)

Preparing for Christmas is lots of fun, and no place is cozier in the wintertime than Stony Meadow Farm. Join Tractor Mac and his animal and vehicle friends as they wrap gifts, bake holiday treats, decorate...


This Is My Home, This Is My School

by Jonathan Bean Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (October 26, 2015)

Drawing from his own childhood experiences, Jonathan Bean takes the autobiographically inspired family he introduced in Building Our House through the special rhythms and routines of a homeschooling day. For...


Tractor Mac Plane Jane's Journey

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (September 11, 2017)

Plane Jane loves to take trips. She soars over mountains and above city skylines. But at the end of the day, no matter how far she has traveled, she's happy to come home and settle in with Tractor Mac and the...


Tractor Mac Farm Days

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (January 11, 2016)

Tractor Mac wakes up eager to start the day. Plow, plant, scoop, mow--there's always a new chore for him and his animal and vehicle friends to do at the farm. When the day is done, he washes up and goes to bed,...


Madlenka's Dog

by Peter Sís Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (July 14, 2014)

Note to Readers: Double-tap on images with golden borders to see more!

Another delightful romp around Madlenka's city block

Madlenka wants a dog! She doesn't really care what kind, so long as it's a dog that she...


Tractor Mac Teamwork

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 09, 2016)

All the vehicles and animals on Stonybrook Farm are enlisted to help build a new swimming hole for their town's residents. It is a big job, but Tractor Mac and his pals are willing to lend a hand. But a tractor...


Tractor Mac Farmers' Market

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (June 22, 2015)

Pete and Paul the pigs love food, especially snacks and sweets. But Tractor Mac knows there is a better way to eat, and that it can even be fun, too: buying food from the farmers' market! So Tractor Mac and...


Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride

by George Selden & Garth Williams Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (February 24, 2014)

Chester Cricket--the famous cricket in Times Square--is homesick. When his friend Mario takes him to a sky show at the Planetarium, Chester realizes how much he misses seeing real stars at night.

Happily, he...


Tractor Mac Learns to Fly

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (September 07, 2015)

Tractor Mac sees Plane Jane swooping across through the clouds, and he wonders what it would be like to be able to give hayrides in the sky. He even talks to birds to try to learn how they fly. Then one day...


Tractor Mac Saves Christmas

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (September 07, 2015)

Every year, the whole town looks forward to the Christmas tree lighting, but this year, a blizzard has struck. The snow starts to fall more and more heavily, and soon, Tractor Mac and his pals are snowed in...


Tractor Mac Parade's Best

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 04, 2015)

There are so many great floats at the town parade: the Young Farmers' Club, the Sports Team, the Outdoor Club. Tractor Mac can't wait to see which one he gets to pull. Then he finds out that his friends have...


Tractor Mac Family Reunion

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 04, 2015)

Tractor Mac loves that he is the only tractor in his farm family. Then one day, his friend Iron Dave the train brings him to a tractor dealership and shows him a whole lot full of big red tractors that look...


Food Truck Fest!

by Alexandra Penfold & Mike Dutton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 12, 2018)

A colorful, whimsical picture book about everyone's favorite kitchens-on-wheels: food trucks!

Join the members of one family as they head to the Food Truck Fest! They gather their things, cross the bridge, and...


Tractor Mac Worth the Wait

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 08, 2017)

The pigs, Pete and Paul, are eager to help Farmer Bill grow the best and biggest watermelons so he'll win at the annual Fruit and Vegetable Show, but their overzealous efforts to help the melons grow faster...


Tractor Mac Colors on the Farm

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (April 09, 2018)

This edition to the Tractor Mac series is a board book that teaches children about the different colors of the rainbow. Tractor Mac and his vehicle and animal friends, including Sibley the horse, Pete the pig,...


The Music of Life

by Louis Thomas Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (February 17, 2020)

Full of joy and discovery, Louis Thomas' The Music of Life is a simple, melodious picture book about finding big inspiration and beauty in the smallest of details.

At night when everyone else is asleep, one artist...


Madlenka

by Peter Sís Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (July 14, 2014)

A trip around a city block is like a trip around the world!

Peeking out through a die-cut window on the jacket, Madlenka invites the reader to enter her world. And what a world it is! On the surface, it looks...


Madlenka Soccer Star

by Peter Sís & Kathleen McInerney Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (November 16, 2010)

This ebook includes audio narration.

Three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sis rides the rising tide of soccer enthusiasm to score another winner.

Madlenka--that cosmopolitan little girl whose city block is a world...


Tractor Mac New Friend

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 04, 2015)

When a new red tractor named Daisy joins the team at Stony Meadow Farm, she has trouble adjusting to all of the different chores that must be done. She realizes that she has much to learn. Can she do all of...


Go, Little Green Truck!

by Roni Schotter & Julia Kuo Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (February 15, 2016)

Ready, set, go!

Little Green is ready to rumble.

He is a happy, busy little pickup truck who loves helping out on the farm.

Until...

He wakes up one morning to find a big new blue truck ready to take his place....


Good Morning, City

by Pat Kiernan & Pascal Campion Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (November 14, 2016)

It's dark and quiet.

The moon still glimmers in the sky.

While the baker, the ferry boat captain, and the TV anchorman are busy at work, most people are cozily snuggled in bed. Then dawn's first light peeks through...


The Chickens Are Coming!

by Barbara Samuels Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 11, 2019)

Winston and Sophie live in a big city. When they see a sign for chickens that need a home, Mommy says they don't need to live in the country to raise chickens. And what could be better--pets that lay eggs! So...


Tractor Mac Harvest Time

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (August 10, 2015)

When the nights start to get cooler and the corn is ready for picking, it's time for autumn fun at the farm! Tractor Mac loves the fall, but he's just too big for the orchard, where he is stuck harvesting apples...


Building Our House

by Jonathan Bean Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (January 07, 2013)

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013...


Tractor Mac Arrives at the Farm

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 04, 2015)

Sibley the horse lives on Stony Meadow Farm and is a hard worker the whole year round. Then Tractor Mac arrives at the farm, and suddenly, everything that Sibley used to do, Tractor Mac does, too. Sibley wonders...


Tractor Mac: Autumn Is Here

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (August 19, 2019)

In this jacketed hardcover edition written and illustrated by Billy Steers, Tractor Mac: Autumn is Here features Tractor Mac and his vehicle and animal friends in a story about the joys and challenges of change....


Tractor Mac School Day

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (June 11, 2018)

Betty the school bus has a rough first day of school. She missed some of her stops, didn't signal properly, and lined up in the wrong spot for drop-off! Now, the other buses pick on her and don't think she can...


Tractor Mac You're a Winner

by Billy Steers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 04, 2015)

Tractor Mac learns that winning isn't the only thing; the Tractor Mac series by Billy Steers is perfect for fans of Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Tractor Mac is ready for the big tractor pull contest...


Wildfire!

by Elizabeth Starr Hill & Rob Shepperson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (October 11, 2004)

A rivalry, a rescue

Big-mouth Elliott, who has recently arrived from a city up north, considers Ben a "backwoods boy" and looks down his nose at folks in their rural Florida town. To make matters worse, Elliott...


Franny Parker

by Hannah Roberts McKinnon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 25, 2009)

"Rings on a tree tell a story," Franny Parker tells Lucas Dunn. "They tell you about its seasons, if they've been plentiful or not." So far, the rings of Franny's life have been marked by her family, their farm,...


Wild Life

by Cynthia DeFelice Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 09, 2011)

Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq. A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North Dakota to live with Big Darrell and Oma, grandparents...


Under the Same Sky

by Cynthia DeFelice Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (April 07, 2005)

A teenager discovers racism and romance on his father's farm

For his fourteenth birthday, Joe Pedersen wants a motorbike that costs nearly a thousand dollars. But his mom says the usual birthday gift is fifty...


The Cricket in Times Square

by George Selden & Garth Williams Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (February 24, 2014)

After Chester lands, in the Times Square subway station, he makes himself comfortable in a nearby newsstand. There, he has the good fortune to make three new friends: Mario, a little boy whose parents run the...