SOMETHING FOR EVERY GRADE LEVEL Pre-K to grade 8.
Available for SCHOOL AUTHOR VISITS:
Rachelle Burk writes fiction, nonfiction, science & poetry for children. She was a contributing writer for Scholastic Science World classroom magazine. Her background as a popular children's entertainer guarantees a presentation that is inspirational, educational, and hysterically funny. Rachelle, a NJ resident, has visited schools in 16 states.
BIG MOUSEis a 440-word humor
picture book for ages 3-6.
a tiny mouse, has never let her small size stop her from doing big things. When
signs at an amusement park tell her that she has to be “THIS BIG” for the
rides, she is suddenly aware of just how small she is. With her confidence
lost, she plans to go home until she does a “big” thing that proves size is
mostly a state of mind.
A TWIG is a 425-word
picture book for ages 4-7.
the stick bug has a mantra: Be a twig. Be a twig. Posing as a
stick is the perfect defense against predators, but oh, how it
stifles Twiggy’s desire for self-expression! So she applies her skill for style
to interior decorating instead. The day her stick act works against her, only
an unlikely friendship with a bird gets Twiggy out of a very “sticky”
DRAGON CLOUD a 330-word, 14-stanza rhyming picture
book for ages 5-7.
Where the Wild Things Are meets the sky in Dragon
Cloud, A child gazes up at the sky and sees animal shapes in the
drifting clouds. There’s a kangaroo! Over there—a unicorn! Then picnickers
flee as a dark and ominous Dragon Cloud prowls above the park. Our
hero is determined to defeat the billowy beast, but in the sky This King of
Clouds reigns…and rains.
A DOG, TWO CATS, A BEAR AND ME is a 275-word, 11-stanza rhyming picture
book for ages 3-5.
How many excuses can a child come up
with to delay settling down and going to sleep? In A Dog, Two Cats, a
Bear and Me, a child’s menagerie of stuffed animals are her accomplices in
endless bedtime dawdling. In “Calvin and Hobbs” style, the stuffed animals
come to life in the child’s imagination each time her parents leave the
A PLACE TO POOPis a 55-word picture
book for toddlers.
Pipp is clearly
ready to abandon the diaper. But who should Pipp look to as a potty training role
model? The family dog who poops in the yard? The cat who buries its poop in the
litter box? The bird that poops down from a branch? This potty training book
celebrates a new, cleaner phase in life. With a single repeated refrain, it is
told primarily through hilarious illustrations. Potty not included.
MATZAH BALL CHASE There is a camp song
parody of On Top of Old Smoky in
which a meatball falls from the spaghetti and rolls through the town. Bring the
story to Israel and have a matzah ball fall from a soup spoon and you have The Matzah Ball Chase. It rolls through
sites from Jerusalem down to Eilat before it gets captured—though not by the kid chasing it.
PEACE is a 900-word nonfiction picture book for ages 7-9.
Keki, an East African musician and farmer, belongs to an isolated sect of
Ugandan Jews called the Abayudaya. One day he met an American
traveler who invited him to the U.S. to teach his unique African-Jewish music.
Before returning home, Joab visited New York City. It was September 11th, 2001.
The terror attack he witnessed changed his life. Back in his village, he was
determined to show the world that people of different religions could live and
work together in harmony. Through Joab's efforts, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish
coffee farmers in Uganda formed the world's first interfaith coffee
cooperative called Delicious Peace, making music as they work
side by side.
I CAN! Stories of Unstoppable People with Disabilities is
a biography collection for ages 8-10.
is everything. When our inner voice tells us, “you will fail,” you will. When
it says, “that’s beyond your abilities,” it is. But anything is possible if our
inner voice says, “Yes, you can!” YES, I CAN! Stories of
Unstoppable People with Disabilities is a picture book biography
compilation of people whose inner voices told them they could do anything they
put their minds to, in defiance of their handicaps: A blind artist. A deaf
singer/songwriter. A legless gymnast. A famous children’s author with severe
dyslexia…and many more extraordinary people with
disabilities. Despite the current enthusiasm for “diverse voices,”
the disabled are a minority largely ignored in children’s literature (See SLJ article). This book
demonstrates that people with physical or neurological challenges are more than
their disabilities, which can inspire all children to reach
their full potential.
ROAD TRIP! Extreme Roads Around the Worldis a 1200 word nonfiction (with humor) picture
book for ages 7-9.
shelves are filled with wonderful children's books about cars and trucks—but
virtually nothing about the roads they travel. So, I put the pedal to the metal
for ROAD TRIP! Extreme Roads Around the
World. This nonfiction picture book for ages 7-9 is narrated
by - who else - the Chicken Who Crossed the Road. Chicken will take
you on the high road and the low road, the long and winding road, and many
roads less traveled. For extra laughs, each page will have a "cross the
road" riddle and funny comments by Chicken and other characters. Funny art/speech
bubbles will overlay photos of the actual roads (Knuffle Bunny style). SAMPLE ILLUSTRATIONS:
Oldest Road - England (Illustration by Paula Cohen)
Fastest Road - Autobahn (illustration by Paula Cohen)