Here are the books I’ve written with short descriptions of each.
I’ve included links to where you can get them.

Me and the Weirdos
New edition of award-winning middle grade novel!!

Illustrated by Doreen Buchinski
ages 7-11
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Cindy Krinkle feels like the only normal person in her family. When Roger Snooterman first tells Cindy her family is weird, she denies it. But then she realizes he’s right! Her mother does cartwheels everywhere, gargles with orange juice, and changed her name to Squirrel. Her father rides to work on a bike with an umbrella while singing opera off-key. Her sister collects can labels and has a sea urchin for a pet. Follow Cindy on her embarrassing but hilarious adventures as she tries to “unweird” her family! Beloved by children and their parents around the world since 1981, this middle grade novel was originally published in hardcover by Houghton Mifflin, in paperback by Bantam Books, and in French by Éditions de L’amitié (see below).
The new edition, with illustrations by Doreen Buchinski, is better than ever!


ALA-CBC Children’s Choice
Utah Children’s Book Award
Arizona Children’s Book Award Nominee


                                                                                        Paulie’s Passover Predicament
Illustrated by Barbara Vagnozzi
Kar-Ben Publishing, Ages 3-8
Hardcover: 978-1512420968
Paperback: 978-1512420975
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Paulie the moos-ician wants his seder to be perfect…but, well, it’s not. Despite his series of amusing gaffes, the significance of the holiday and warm friendships make for a joyous celebration. I’m really pleased with the illustrator’s colorful, fun pictures that complement the subtle message about Passover and empathy.


“Paulie’s friends can’t help but laugh at his Passover faux pas, but they love him…Paulie’s eagerness to get Passover perfect remains endearing, and Vagnozzi’s toylike, apple-cheeked animal cast exudes high spirits and open hearts.” — Publishers Weekly

“Jane Sutton’s playful story, enhanced by Barbara Vagnozzi’s brightly colored illustrations, captures the excitement of celebrating Passover with a tender touch that reinforces the importance of being kind to friends.”

“…Searching for the afikomen adds drama and meaning to the evening celebration and makes it a happy Passover for the friends.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A cheerful addition to the Passover library, this book centers on the idea of friendship and acceptance while also explaining most of the holiday’s symbols and rituals.” — Jewish Book Council 

“A fun and meaningful introduction to Passover for children and adults of all faiths…delightful addition to home and classroom bookshelves for any time of year.” — Celebrate Children’s Books

“Paulie has a Passover Predicament. And thanks to this book, you have a last-minute host gift! Looking for a host or hostess gift this weekend? Attending a seder with children? Grab a copy of “Paulie’s Passover Predicament,” and hopefully your evening will go better than his.  — Jewish Boston


What’s Up with This Chicken?
Illustrated by Peter J. Welling
Pelican Publishing, ages 5-8
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Backyard chickens usually give families nice, fresh eggs, but not Trudy. She refuses to get off her eggs, and she even pecks Sylvia and Grandma when they try to reach under her! But why? When the resourceful Sylvia discovers the answer, she gains new respect for stubborn Trudy and comes up with an “egg-cellent solution.”

“…a wonderful story filled with interesting information about chickens…told in Sutton’s signature style: believable characters, magnificent humor and plenty of word play.” –  Literature Connects

“…a wonderful read-aloud for younger kids’ story times and a fun romp that will keep older, independent readers guessing and wondering how it all comes out right up to the end.”  –Celebrate Picture Books


Esther's Hanukkah Disaster by Jane SuttonEsther’s Hanukkah Disaster
Illustrated by Andy Rowland
Kar-Ben Publishing, ages 3-8
available as ebook

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It’s hard to pick the perfect Hanukkah gift, and Esther the Gorilla’s choices turn out hilariously wrong. A jogging suit for a turtle?! An elephant joke book for an elephant?! But everything gets sorted out when Esther invites her friends to a joyful Hanukkah party.

Now in Italian!!!!

Now in Italian!!!!

“…adorable and brightly illustrated Hanukkah story…Esther’s innocent mistakes and her ingenious solution will prompt laughter.” — Publishers Weekly 

“…this book might be just the thing after seven nights of the usual Hanukkah fare.”
School Library Journal

“Vivid mixed-media illustrations filled with amusing details…accompany this silly and engaging story.” — The Horn Book

“Esther’s innocent gaffes and clever solution make for a great read.” — Jewish Journal

“There is humor throughout as each choice is made.” — Jewish Book World


Samantha’s (or Name of Recipient’s)
Magical Hanukkah
Illustrated by Nicola Anderson
Hallmark Books

Example of Cover for a Girl

Example of Cover for a Girl

Example of Cover for a Boy

Example of Cover for a Boy

When you order this personalized book, you choose
the recipient’s name, gender, skin color, eye color,
hair color and hair style, eyeglasses or not, plus the giver’s name to create a unique gift. In the colorful, rhyming story, the child receives a surprise gift of magical powers
that help him or her fly, grow, shrink, and gain
super-strength to prepare for a fun Hanukkah celebration.

You can order it on-line or print it out at a Hallmark store.

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The Trouble with Cauliflower by Jane Sutton

The Trouble with Cauliflower
Illustrated by Jim Harris
Dial Books
978-0803727076, hardcover, ages 3-7
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In this picture book, Mortimer, a koala bear, thinks that eating cauliflower gives him bad luck. His friend, Sadie, an ostrich, tries to teach him that you create your own luck, with funny results.

“A delightful tale about the mysterious relationship between food and fortune…”— Kirkus Reviews

“Children will chuckle over Mortimer’s folly, even as they recognize familiar anxieties…” —Booklist

“This gentle story is told with humor and creativity, and the watercolor-and-pencil cartoon illustrations extend the charming text. Kids will be taken with this title.”— School Library Journal


Don't Call Me Sidney by Jane SuttonDon’t Call Me Sidney
Illustrated by Renata Gallio
Dial Books
978-0803727533, hardcover, ages 3-7
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Sidney is a pig who likes to write poems. When he changes his name because Sidney doesn’t rhyme with anything except “kidney,” a lot of funny things happen. The illustrator of the book, Renata Gallio, lives in Italy. I love the pictures she did for my story.

“This fun story about the importance of a name stars Sidney, a slightly goofy pig who has a way with words…Sidney’s creative solution, which he comes up with himself, demonstrates effective problem solving without making the story overly didactic. After reading or hearing this, young readers may enjoy trying to come up with rhymes for their own and their friends’ names.”         — Booklist

“This amusing story about a poetic pig’s search for his true identity is accompanied by humorous acrylic and pencil collage illustrations…Children who wonder what life would be like if they were given a different name will identify with Sidney.”— School Library Journal

“…Sutton’s story will appeal to young poets and listeners who are searching for their own individuality.”— Kirkus Reviews


What Should a Hippo Wear? by Jane SuttonWhat Should a Hippo Wear?
Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
Houghton Mifflin
978-0395278000, hardcover, ages 3-7
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Bertha the Hippo is invited to the jungle dance but has trouble finding a dress that fits. She finds a way to get dressed up, even wearing grass eyelashes glued on with mud, but she ends up learning that it’s better to just be herself.

“…light-hearted takeoff on the “what should I wear?” dilemma is expanded by perky drawings…”— Booklist


Me and the Weirdos by Jane SuttonMe and the Weirdos
Illustrated by Sandy Kossin
Houghton Mifflin, hardcover, 978-0395304471
Bantam Books, paperback, 978-0553151893, ages 8-12
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Cindy Krinkle has an unusual family. Her father sings opera as he rides a bike that has a built-in umbrella. Her mother always wears red sneakers and gargles with orange juice. Her sister reads the entire dictionary and wears a karate suit to the beach. Cindy has lots of funny adventures trying to “un-weird” her embarrassing family.

Reviews & Awards
ALA-CBC Children’s Choice
Utah Children’s Book Award

“Readers called for another book about the weirdos – soon.”—The Reading Teacher


Confessions of an Orange Octopus by Jane SuttonConfessions of an Orange Octopus
Illustrated by Jim Spence
978-0525440680, hardcover, ages 8-12
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Nine-year old Chooch learns to juggle and wants to perform on street corners to earn money. The problem is that his parents are dead set against the idea.

“…there’s a clean healthy quality to the whole that gives it a refreshing appeal.”— School Library Journal

Not Even Mrs. Mazursky by Jane SuttonNot Even Mrs. Mazursky
Illustrated by Joan Drescher
978-0525440833, hardcover, ages 7-10
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Stella wishes she had her favorite teacher, Mrs. Mazursky, again this year. Instead, she has mean Mrs. Rashoon, plus some best-friend problems.

“In this funny, slice-of-life story, Stella learns that no one is perfect – not even a teacher she has long admired.”— Booklist


These 3 beautiful anthologies, published by The Writers’ Loft, include work by moi…
You can buy them through or Amazon.

ISBN-13 : 978-0998317212 An assortment of unusual animals, yes, but also an assortment of poetry and art. My poem, beautifully illustrated by Doreen Buchinski,  is about the Supreme Blue-Crowned Mot-mot, a bird that lives up to its name.

ISBN-13: 978-0998317205 Essays, stories, and poems about all kinds of “firsts.” My essay is about the unforgettable time I met Diana Ross when I was a star-struck teen-ager.

ISBN-13 : 978-0998317236 All kinds of wonderful poems, about all kinds of ocean creatures, with all kinds of eye-catching art. My poem, about a bird called the Red Knot, which migrates for thousands of miles, is brought to life by the stunning artwork of Doreen Buchinski.