2009 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention

2009 Américas Award Commended Title

Starred, from Kirkus Reviews:

"The full-bleed, double-page spreads radiate happiness in every line. It's In the Night Kitchen decloaked; how salutary for children---protagonists and readers both---to see a set of parents loving each other with such abandon and enthusiasm. Their joyful inclusion of the kids makes this book read like one long, wonderful hug---as the narrator says, after being tucked back into bed with a couple extra besitos, "Umm, hmm."

From Publisher's Weekly:

"As the rounded, sculptural bodies of the couple move about the kitchen with humor and grace, the illustrations take on a cinematic sense of motion and space. This is Manning's most exuberant work yet, a winning tribute to happy feet and happy families. Ages 3–6. (Oct. 08)"

From School Library Journal:

Full of vitality, simple, and touching, this picture book presents a celebration of family through words and expressive, exuberant pictures. Wonderful.—Mary N. Oluonye



-Boyds Mills Press 2003, by Maurie J. Manning-

a 2004 IRA Notable Book

a Scholastic Pick of the Month

KIRKUS says: Manning debuts with a good-humored twist on the traditional counting song . . .It’s impossible to read this without singing, and children who hear it will join in enthusiastically.

B. FAHEY - CHIILDEN'S LITERATURE says: This delightful romp with its onomatopoeic refrain will have children and their caregivers wanting to get up and march around the room.

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL says: Manning's clever, full-color spreads are sure to provoke giggles among young listeners, particularly when the rain intensifies and the ever-growing band of racially diverse women has to cope with the rising puddles.

BOOKLIST says: The familiar chant that has ants marching gets a clever twist as the title indicates . . . the unique perspectives used in the art make this a book kids will want to look at and sing along with more than once

Gallup Press 2009

written by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer, Illustrated by Maurie J. Manning


Tricycle Press 2006

-written by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Maurie J. Manning


Flashlight Press 2005

-written by Roz Rosenbluth, illustrated by Maurie J. Manning-

New York Library Association Children's Book of the Season Winter 2006
Georgia Children's Storybook Award list 2007
New York Charlotte Award list 2007-8
Alabama Emphasis on Reading Award list 2007-8
Arizona Grand Canyon Award list 2008


Boyds Mills Press 2008

-written by John Farrell, illustrated by Maurie J. Manning

L.A. GALLAWAY -- CHILDREN'S LITERATURE says: Anyone who cares for a child will find relevance in this gentle picture book by singer and songwriter John Farrell. The text is powerful both in its tenderness and in its uplifting message of love. Maurie J. Manning's illustrations add much to this book. . . .(t)he colorful paintings feature multicultural families involved in a variety of activities . . . (t)he end result is a book that is sure to endear and uplift both child and adult readers.


Child and Family Press

-written by Jan M. Czech, illustrated by Maurie J. Manning


Child and Family Press

-written by Kathleen T. Pelley, illustrated by Maurie J. Manning-


-written by Christine Taylor-Butler, illustrated by Maurie J. Manning-

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