Links and Reviews

I Like the Weather Series

Sarah Nelson | Rachel Oldfield | Barefoot Books

Reviews | I Like the Weather Series

“This brightly illustrated picture book celebrates the joy that children take in snow, appreciating the sight of snowflakes, the sound of snow crunching underfoot, and the feel of snowflakes’ “icy kisses” on their noses…” Booklist

“Children can expand on the ideas in this slight celebration of weather; strong backmatter will answer their questions.” —Kirkus

“You can almost hear the rush and gush of water as you read I Like the Rain. This is a wonderful picture book for reading aloud because of its lyrical rhyme and rhythm, which lends it a hypnotic and quietening quality, just like the sound of the rain itself…” —BookTrust

“An editor once told me that children pick up a book because of the illustrations, but fall in love with it because of the words. And these words, rhythmic and lilting, using familiar words in a fresh way with true rhyme and slant rhyme together, are fun to read and evoke the child’s own experience.” —Lynne Jonell (The Sign of the Cat)


Sarah Nelson | Eugenie Fernandes | Owlkids Books

Reviews | Frogness

“Imaginative, delightful, and very froggy.”Kirkus

“Minnesota writer Sarah Nelson tells a cheerful story about the lure of the wild. Eugenie Fernandes’ ebullient illustrations are, like the child and dog, bright, messy, and happy.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Frogness will make kids laugh before they even open the book…” —St. Paul Pioneer Press

“This is a celebration of childhood nature exploring…” —Youth Services Book Review

Full of happy adventure and discovery, with lively storytelling from Sarah Nelson and deeply charming (and adorably frog-filled!) illustrations from Eugenie Fernandes, Frogness is a real delight to explore…” —Fab Book Reviews 

Also available in Turkish.

A Park Connects Us

Sarah Nelson | Ellen Rooney | Owlkids Books

Reviews | A Park Connects Us

“Like Charlotte Zolotow’s wonderful The Park Book, this book showcases the inclusivity of parks in loving detail; a good choice for story time, one-on-one, or classroom projects.”—School Library Journal

“The park invites people of every size, age, ethnicity, gender, and ability to share in its boundless offerings. Lyrical text and illustrations with animated bursts of color.” —Bank Street College of Education (A Best Book of 2022)

“A must-have to add to the top of your picture book selections this year. Parks are for everyone, and so is this book.“—Canadian Review of Materials

“[The] message is thoughtfully and beautifully delivered in this new picture book.”—Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

“With bold, colorful illustrations , [A Park Connects Us] celebrates, in rhyming text, all the things we do in parks.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Nelson’s lyrical text makes this book well-suited for reading aloud, while Rooney’s colorful double-page spreads are full of details that engage readers … A Park Connects Us emphasizes that public parks should be for everyone.”— Quill & Quire