Press & Media

Press & Media

Articles & Interviews

Articles & Interviews

WCCO “MID-MORNING” TV INTERVIEW 

Minneapolis author Phyllis Root wrote “One North Star” to help kids learn to count, Kylie Bearse and Matt Brickman report (3:32). WCCO Mid-Morning – Sept. 1, 2016

SCIENCE BOOK A DAY, INTERVIEW
Phyllis answers 5 Questions about Plant a Pocket of Prairie (January 2015)

WORDSWIMMER BLOG, INTERVIEW
“On Writer’s Process: Phyllis Root (January 2015) 

SEVEN IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST BLOG, INTERVIEW
Winter Blog Blast Tour Edition (November 2007) 

CYNSATIONS BLOG, AUTHOR FEATURE
Author Feature with Phyllis Root

LITTLE BOOKWORMS BLOG, AUTHOR FEATURE
Phyllis Root Talks About Writing and Plant a Pocket of Prairie

BOOKOLOGY MAGAZINE, INTERVIEW
“Skinny Dip with Phyllis Root”

BIGFOOT READS BLOG, INTERVIEW
Author Interview with Phyllis Root

SCIENCE BOOK A DAY, INTERVIEW
Phyllis answers 5 Questions about Plant a Pocket of Prairie (January 2015)

WORDSWIMMER BLOG, INTERVIEW
“On Writer’s Process: Phyllis Root (January 2015) 

SEVEN IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST BLOG, INTERVIEW
Winter Blog Blast Tour Edition (November 2007) 

CYNSATIONS BLOG, AUTHOR FEATURE
Author Feature with Phyllis Root

LITTLE BOOKWORMS BLOG, AUTHOR FEATURE
Phyllis Root Talks About Writing and Plant a Pocket of Prairie

BOOKOLOGY MAGAZINE, INTERVIEW
“Skinny Dip with Phyllis Root”

BIGFOOT READS BLOG, INTERVIEW
Author Interview with Phyllis Root

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Book Awards & Reviews:

ANYWHERE FARM

Book of Outstanding Merit
Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year for Under Five

Shortlisted for The Nature Generation 2018 Green Earth Book Award

“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

Northeastern Minnesota Book Award 2017

John Burroughs Association Riverby Award 2017

Midwest Independent Booksellers Award 2017

“A bright, populous countdown for nature lovers, Midwestern or otherwise.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
   

PLANT A POCKET OF PRAIRIE

John Burroughs Association Riverby Award 2015

“In lilting, free-verse passages, [Root] lets kids know that even small plots of native plants can replicate prairie conditions. Bowen’s woodblock illustrations lend the right low-tech, homemade feel to the pages.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Could well inspire a new generation of conservationists.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Although the description here is of the inhabitants of a Midwestern prairie, the conservation and restoration message is universal.” —HORN BOOK

Plant a Pocket of Prairie is one of the spring season’s most beautiful and useful books.” —PIONEER PRESS
 

SCRAWNY CAT

Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2011

LILY AND THE PIRATES

Smithsonian’s Notable Books for Children 2010
Delaware Diamonds Award Nominee 2012

“[An] enjoyably preposterous, emotionally resonant, library-revering adventure.”  —KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review) 
 

BIG BELCHING BOG

Northeastern Minnesota Book Award Nominee 2010

“In simple, lyrical prose, the author builds suspense and an air of mystery appropriate to “the loneliest, quietest place on earth….Not a nature guide but a lovely appreciation.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
   

CREAK! SAID THE BED
 
Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2010

“The cozy, humorous story is guaranteed to invite giggling kids into their parents’ beds… “this story begs to be enjoyed over and over again by both babies and their grown-ups, who will find themselves chanting it rather than reading it a second time through.”

“This story begs to be enjoyed over and over again by both babies and their grown-ups, who will find themselves chanting it rather than reading it a second time through.”   —KIRKUS REVIEWS
 

FLIP! FLAP! FLY! A BOOK FOR BABIES EVERYWHERE

“Root and Walker introduce readers to a whole springtime full of babies taking that first thrilling step toward independence.” –THE HORN BOOK

“This story begs to be enjoyed over and over again by both babies and their grown-ups, who will find themselves chanting it rather than reading it a second time through.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
 

PAULA BUNYAN

“Given this green and feminist fable, you will not be surprised to learn that its author also wrote “Big Momma Makes the World,” where the almighty creator is imagined as a take-charge woman with a baby on her hip.” —NEW YORK TIMES
 

LOOKING FOR A MOOSE

Texas Reading List 2007

“The rhyming text revels in tongue-tickling descriptive phrases (‘the treesy-breezy, tilty-stilty, wobbly-knobbly woods’) and resounding sound effects (‘squeech squooch!/squeech squooch!’ go the children through the swamp) that will make this a readaloud tour de force.” —BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS

“…the buoyant rhymed text makes for a stellar read-aloud.  An excellent addition to any collection.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
 

LUCIA AND THE LIGHT

McKnight Loft Award for Children’s Literature 2006
 

THE NAME QUILT

Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2004
 

IF YOU WANT TO SEE A CARIBOU

John Burroughs Association Outstanding Nature Book for Children 2004
 

BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD

Boston Globe Horn Book Award 2003

“Among the many creation retellings and variations, this one takes the cake.” —THE HORN BOOK (starred review)
 

RATTLETRAP CAR

Sheffield Children’s Book Award shortlist 2002

Nebraska Golden Sowers Award Nominee 2003

“A picture book that passes the fun test with flying fizz.” —BOOKLIST

ALL FOR THE NEWBORN BABY

“To go with reverent, lovely manger scenes, Root draws images from several Christmas carols and songs for a tender lullaby in which birds, livestock, a spider, even a cherry tree attend on the holy infant.” —KIRKUS

 

KISS THE COW

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Honor 2002

“With simple language, predictable rhythms and repetition, and flawless pacing, [Root’s] story begs to be read aloud. . . . Hillenbrand’s immense attention to detail is gratifying” —KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
 

AUNT NANCY AND COUSIN LAZYBONES

Missouri Show Me Readers Award Nominee 2000-2001
 

WHAT BABY WANTS

Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 1999
 

ONE DUCK STUCK

“Perfect for reading aloud, this counting book not only contains bright bold illustrations but also has lots of . . . sound effects that children will love to replicate.” —BOOKLIST
 

AUNT NANCY AND OLD MAN TROUBLE

Minnesota Book Award 1997

Storytelling World Award Honor Book 1997
 

MOON TIGER

Reading Rainbow review book 1989

Florida Reading Association 1988-1989 Nominee

Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award, 1987-1988