Erica Silverman
Children's Book Author

Download these pages for some Hanukkah coloring fun!



FOR TEACHERS & LIBRARIANS:

Here are some ideas for using my books in the classroom and for library programs. If you have ideas you'd like to share, please email me. I'd love to hear from you!



LANA'S WORLD: Let's Have a Parade
Lana may be small, but her imagination is BIG - and whatever she wants to do - go fishing, have a parade, even go to the moon - no one in her family can resist joining the fun - not even Woofy!





"...the Hanukkah Hop swings.” New York Times

"A chant of “Biddy-biddy bim-bom bim-bom bop” sets both the tone and the beat of the energetic rhyming text, building from a jazzy syncopation to a whirling, rollicking climax reminiscent of a piece of Klezmer music....A fresh and festive choice for the Festival of Lights." School Library Journal

"Silverman’s gleeful text has rhythm. D’Amico’s angular illustrations, with their circa-1950s flair, keep up the pace... Readers’ toes are sure to be tapping throughout this unabashedly joyful Hanukkah romp." Horn Book



" With colorful, lively illustrations and energetic writing, Silverman's ode to one of the most deserving women in history is a picture book extraordinaire." Lee Littlewood, Kids' Home Library

"With writing that is easily accessible to a wide range of ages and filled with fascinating facts, Liberty’s Voice is all the things a nonfiction children’s book should be: interesting, informative, and engaging."
Crimson Review of Children's & YA Literature


Junior Library Guild Selection
Oppenheim Best Books Gold Seal
CCBC Children's Choices 2011
California Collection
Children's Book of the Month Club


Junior Library Guild Selection
CCBC Children's Choices 2010
Children's Book of the Month Club





“...rollicking rhyme...A fun-filled romp bound to become a favorite..” Kirkus

"The rhyming text and pleasing illustrations make this a sweet story that will, like the original nursery rhyme, beg to be read and reread." Bookloon

"A clever and engaging new twist on Mother Goose's nursery rhyme, this rollicking rhyming adventure is bound to spark the imagination of children." Kendal Rautzhan, syndicated columnist & lecturer on Children's Literature


















"An Independent Heroine for Newly Independent
Readers” Your Community Bookstore, St. Joseph, MI


Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor
Best Book of the Year, Parenting Magazine
Junior Library Guild Selection
Children's Book of the Month Club Alternate


**Starred Review**
"... Silverman's crisp, lively dialogue and well-chosen action words("nuzzled," twirled," "pranced") result in that rarity among easy readers: a flowing text that functions as well as a read aloud as it does a reader." Kirkus


Nick Jr. Family Magazine’s Best Books of the Year!
Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2007
Junior Library Guild
Monarch Award Nomination
Garden State Book Award Nomination


**Starred Review**
“Yee-haw for Kate and Cocoa—and for all the readers who will learn to read right along with them.” Kirkus


Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2008
Junior Library Guild Premier Selection
Garden State Book Award Nominee
South Dakota Prairie Buds Nominee


“Everyone-kids and teachers alike-loves this series.... easy to read...yet clever enough to hold everyone's interest...Please, Silverman/Lewin, continue with your creations: Kate and Cocoa are winners”
Margo Hill, South Sound Book Review Council




Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2009
Children's Book of the Month Club Alternate
Junior Library Guild Premier Selection
Best Children's Books of the Year:Bank Street College of Education


**Starred Review*
"A rollicking, amusing Halloween tale... The text is rhythmic and repetitive, making it a surefire success for story hours or read-alouds" School Library Journal










California Reader Collection
Children’s Choices
Library of Congress Children’s Books
Featured on KCET’s Storytime
ABA Pick of the List
North Carolina Children's Book Award Nomination
Young Hoosier Book Award Nomination







“...hilarious spoof of the counting classic Over in the Meadow . . This is going to be a hit if read aloud or read alone, no matter what time of year.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

ABA Pick of the List 1997
IRA/CBC Children’s Choices 1998






** Starred Review**
"... an affectionate ode to the iconic Yiddish writer, presenting his early life as a series of stories laced with both humor and pathos....Silverman's text combines a storyteller's narrative with dialogue based on Aleichem's own words, resulting in a biography that often reads like a folktale... a seamless collaboration that presents not only the life, but also the world, of a literary giant." School Library Journal




Sydney Taylor Award
National Jewish Book Award Runner Up
100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library
Top 10 Religion Books for Youth, Booklist





" Good New Year's-let alone Rosh Hashanah-stories are in short supply. This is one to crow about." School Library Journal

"…may well be called the best Rosh Hashanah picture book ever...” Betsy Bird/ A Fuse #8 Production








Sydney Taylor Honor Book
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, New York Public Library




** Starred Review**
"Starring a Jewish orphan in a long-ago Polish village, this colorful, expertly structured variation on Cinderella offers many things: an independent-minded heroine plus a hero attracted by wisdom and virtue; a fairy-tale patina plus old-world ambiance; and a tie-in to Purim that grounds the story without limiting its appeal...A splendid story, intelligently served." Publishers Weekly







Sydney Taylor Notable
ABA Pick of the List
California Collection
Parents Choice
Indiana Read Alouds Too Good to Miss
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award
Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College
Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association;
Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, National Council of Teachers of English;
Wilde Awards: Best Folk and Fairy Tales



"Children are sure to identify with these characters and their friendly, yet relentless, pursuit to do each other "one better.....The engaging art and energetic story line make this a perfect choice for reading aloud." School Library Journal














California Young Reader Medal
ALA Notable
ABA Pick of the List
Golden Sower Award Nominee
Valerie and Walter’s Best Books for Children: A Lively, Opinionated Guide







"Silverman and Frazee form a happy, uncomplicated collaboration with a festive hint of history" Publishers Weekly

"A good choice for spring story hours" Booklist


ABA Pick of the List




"The possibilities are limitless in this imaginative romp, which will have readers eagerly anticipating their own follow-the-leader adventures." Kirkus Reviews

Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education


Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee







"Told in the careful words of a storyteller, with a bit of repetition thrown in for good measure, the story embodies the essence of the Passover holiday in a traditional folktale motif. Read aloud, it will delight young audiences." School Library Journal




ABA PICK OF THE LIST