David Ezra Stein received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for Leaves, which was also a
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a
Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice and a
School Library Journal Best Book. He also wrote and illustrated
The Nice Book and
Monster Hug! He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.
This simple, charming story of a young bear's first autumn is perfectly suited to board book format. Bear is surprised when the leaves start falling off the trees, but when he tries to reattach them, it doesn't work. Eventually, he gets sleepy, and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it's spring-and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, seeming to welcome him.
With its childlike main character and graceful illustrations, Leaves is a great way to teach the youngest children about the changing seasons.