Books by Phyllis:

Newest:

THE LOST FOREST by Phyllis RootThe Lost Forest

Illustrated by Betsy Bowen
University of Minnesota Press, 2019

Available from U of MN Press
Available from Amazon

“Finely wrought plainspoken poetry (“If you have ever walked through the woods/ you know that the land doesn’t care/ about straight lines”) covers a lot of ground, supplemented by end notes explaining the ecology of old-growth forests and the history of surveyors. Bowen’s moody, saturated illustrations of layered landscapes and historical journals add heft to the text’s implicit message that the natural world is something more than a measurable commodity.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

“An engaging consideration of happy accidents and lucky environmental mistakes.” 
—KIRKUS REVIEWS

“The writing is engaging, telling a true story and inviting us to use all of our senses to explore the story. Betsy Bowen’s illustrations cause us to linger, examining each page carefully.”

— Bookology Magazine (review and interview)

Upcoming Book Launch Events

 
Saturday, April 13, 3 p.m.

Red Balloon Book Store, St. Paul

Thursday, April 25, 5-6 p.m.
Majors and Quinn Educator Night, Mpls.

Saturday, April 27, 5 p.m.
Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais with Artist Betsy Bowen

Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m.
Zenith Bookstore, Duluth with Artist Betsy Bowen

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.
Scout and Morgan Books, Cambridge with Artist Betsy Bowen

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More Books by Phyllis :

ANYWHERE FARM, by Phyllis RootAnywhere Farm

Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Candlewick Press 2017

Available from Penguin Random House
Available from Amazon

“This must-have picture book will be especially beneficial for school units on plants and seeds and for library storytimes with a spring or gardening theme.”
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

“The joyful text makes growing flowers and vegetables seem easy, showing plants spilling out of alternative containers as well as more traditional raised beds and the concluding, large garden plot.”
—KIRKUS REVIEWS

One North Star

Illustrated by Beckie Prange and Betsy Bowen
University of University Minnesota Press 2016

Available from U of Minnesota Press 
Available at Target
Available at Amazon

Snowy Sunday

Illustrated by Helen Craig
Candlewick Press 2015

Available from Candlewick
Available from Amazon

 

Plant a Pocket of Prairie 

Illustrated by Betsy Bowen
University of Minnesota Press, 2013

Available from U of Minnesota Press 
Available at IndieBound
Available at Amazon

 

 

 

Lilly and the Pirates by Phyllis RootLilly and the Pirates

Pictures by Rob Shepperson
Boyds Mills Press 2010

Available from Boyds Mill Press
Available at Amazon

Big Belching Bog, by Phyllis RootBig Belching Bog

Illustrated by Betsy Bowen
University of Minnesota Press 2010

Available from U of Minnesota Press
Available at Amazon

 

CREAK! Said the Bed, by Phyllis RootCreak! Said the Bed

Illustrated by Regan Dunnick
Candlewick Press 2010

Available from Penguin Random House
Available from Amazon

 

FLIP, FLAP, FLY! A BOOK FOR BABIES EVERYWHERE by Phyllis RootFlip, Flap, Fly!
A Book for Babies Everywhere

Illustrated by David Walker
Candlewick Press 2009

Available from Penguin Random House
Available at Amazon

 

Toot, Toot, Zoom!TOOT TOOT ZOOM!, by Phyllis Root

Illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Candlewick Press 2009

Available from Candlewick
Available from Amazon

 

 

PAULA BUNYAN by Phyllis RootPaula Bunyan

Illustrated by
Kevin O’Malley
Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2009

Available from Amazon

 

AUNT NANCY AND THE BOTHERSOME VISITORS by Phyllis RootAunt Nancy and the Bothersome Visitors

Illustrated by David Parkins
Candlewick Press 2007

Available from Candlewick
Available from Amazon

 

LUCIA AND THE LIGHT by Phyllis RootLucia and the Light

Illustrated by Mary GrandPre
Candlewick Press 2006

Available from Amazon

QUACK! by Phyllis RootQUACK!

Illustrated by Holly Meade
Candlewick Press 2005

Available at Amazon

 

HOP! by Phyllis RootHOP! 

Illustrated by Holly Meade
Candlewick Press 2005

Available at Amazon

WHO SAID BOO? by Phyllis RootWho Said Boo?

Illustrated by
Ana Martin Larranaga
Simon & Schuster, 2005

Available at Amazon

THE HOUSE THAT JILL BUILT by Phyllis RootThe House That Jill Built

Illustrated by Delphine Durand
Candlewick Press 2005

Available at Amazon

IF YOU WANT TO SEE A CARIBOU by Phyllis RootIf You Want to See a Caribou

Illustrated by Jim Meyer
Houghton Mifflin 2004

Available at Amazon

TEN SLEEPY SHEEP by Phyllis RootTen Sleepy Sheep

Illustrated by Susan Gaber
Candlewick Press 2004

Available from Penguin Random House
Available at Target 
Available at Amazon

THE NAME QUILT by Phyllis RootThe Name Quilt

Illustrated by Margot Apple
Farrar, Strauss & Giraux 2003

Available at Amazon

BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD by Phyllis RootBig Mama Makes the World

Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Candlewick Press 2003

Available from Penguin Random House
Available from Amazon

 

OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY by Phyllis RootOliver Finds His Way

Illustrated by Christopher Denise
Candlewick Press 2002

Available at Amazon

WHAT’S THAT NOISE?What’s That Noise?

With Michelle Edwards

Illustrated by Paul Meisel
Candlewick Press 2002

Available at Amazon

MOUSE HAS FUN by Phyllis RootMouse Has Fun

Illustrated by James Croft
Candlewick Press 2002

Available from Penguin
Available at Amazon

 

MOUSE GOES OUT by Phyllis RootMouse Goes Out

Illustrated by James Croft
Candlewick Press 2002

Available from Penguin
Available at Amazon

 

SOGGY SATURDAY by Phyllis RootSoggy Satruday

Illustrated by Helen Craig
Candlewick Press 2001

Available at Amazon

 

ALL FOR THE NEWBORN BABY by Phyllis RootAll for the Newborn Baby

Illustrated by Nicola Bayley
Candlewick Press 2000

Available at Amazon

 

KISS THE COW! by Phyllis RootKiss the Cow!

Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Candlewick Press 2000

Available from Penguin Random House
Available at Amazon

 

FOGGY FRIDAY by Phyllis RootFoggy Friday

Illustrated by Helen Craig
Candlewick Press 2000

Available at Amazon

MEOW MONDAY by Phyllis RootMeow Monday

Illustrated by Helen Craig
Candlewick Press 2000

Available at Amazon

HEY TABBY CAT! by Phyllis RootHey, Tabby Cat!

Illustrated by Katherine McEwen
Candlewick Press 2000

Available from Penguin Random House 
Available at Amazon

HERE COMES TABBY CAT by Phyllis RootHere Comes Tabby Cat

Illustrated by Katherine McEwen
Candlewick Press 2000

Available from Penguin Random House
Available at Amazon

GRANDMOTHER WINTER by Phyllis RootGrandmother Winter

Illustrated by Beth Krommes
Candlewick Press 1999

Available at Amazon

TURNOVER TUESDAY by Phyllis RootTurnover Tuesday

Illustrated by Helen Craig
Candlewick Press 1998

Available at Amazon

AUNT NANCY AND COUSIN LAZYBONES by Phyllis RootAunt Nancy and Cousin Lazybones

Illustrated by David Parkins
Candlewick Press 1998

Available at Amazon

 

ONE DUCK STUCK by Phyllis RootOne Duck Stuck

Illustrated by Jane Chapman
Candlewick Press 1998

Available from Penguin Random House
Available at IndieBound
Available at Amazon

WHAT BABY WANTS by Phyllis RootWhat Baby Wants

Illustrated by Jill Barton
Candlewick Press 1998

Available at Amazon

 

 

ROSIE’S FIDDLE by Phyllis RootRosie’s Fiddle

Illustrated by Kevin O’Malley
Lothrop Lee and Shepherd 1997

Available from Amazon

 

THE HUNGRY MONSTER by Phyllis RotThe Hungry Monster

Illustrated by Sue Heap
Candlewick Press 1996

Available at Amazon

 

AUNT NANCY AND OLD MAN TROUBLE by Phyllis RootAunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble

Illustrated by David Parkins
Candlewick Press 1996

Available at Powell’s
Available at Amazon

 

 

 

MRS. POTTER’S PIG by Phyllis RootMrs. Potter’s Pig

Illustrated by Russell Ayto
Candlewick Press 1996

Available at Amazon

 

CONTRARY BEAR by Phyllis RootContrary Bear

Illustrated by Laura Cornell
HarperCollins 1996

Available at Amazon

 

ONE WINDY WEDNESDAY by Phyllis RootOne Windy Wednesday

Illustrated by Helen Craig
Candlewick Press 1996

Available at Amazon

 

 

Coyote and the Magic Words, by Phyllis RootCoyote and the Magic Words

Illustrated by Sandra Speidel
Lothrop Lee and Shepherd 1993

Available at Amazon

 

Sam Who Went to Sea

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Candlewick Press 1994

Available at Amazon

THE LISTENING SILENCE by Phyllis RootThe Listening Silence

Illustrated by Dennis McDermott
Harper and Row 1992

Available at Amazon

 

The Old Red Rocking Chair

Illustrated by John Sandford
Arcade Publishing 1992

Available from Amazon

SOUP FOR SUPPER by Phyllis RootSoup for Supper

Illustrated by Sue Truesdell
Harper and Row 1986

Available from Amazon

MOON TIGER by Phyllis RootMoon Tiger

Illustrated by Ed Young
Henry Holt and Company 1985

Available from Amazon