Eat Up, Bear!

Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Nadja Sarell.
Yosemite Conservancy, 2021.

Curious, hungry black bears just want to eat! Juicy berries, crunchy nuts, tender grubs, sticky honey—that’s good bear food. But if little park visitors and their families don’t watch out, their food will be bear food, too! The bouncy rhyming text and vibrant pictures in this board book show how people of all ages can help keep bears safe and thriving.

“A great introduction to enjoying nature without disturbing its rhythms.” —Foreword Reviews

“Humans can play an important role in keeping bears safe by ensuring our food is securely tucked away. Readers aren’t going to miss the noble, not-so-subtle theme of this educational board book: that humans must “take care or bears will eat your food!” On the left-hand page of each spread, a diverse assemblage of picnickers, campers, and hikers plainly demonstrate various methods of keeping bears away from tempting people-food, including locking up coolers, using bear-safe containers, and appropriately disposing of trash…” –Kirkus Reviews


Love Can Come in Many Ways

Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Suzy Ultman.
Chronicle, 2020.

“This interactive lift-the-flap book is a cozy, sweet exploration of the ways love can be demonstrated, from hugs to cuddles to rides on a parent’s back. A simple rhyming text pairs well with colorful and eclectic illustrations. . . Toddlers will be comforted by the steady messaging, reinforced by images, that love is all around.”—School Library Journal

Love Can Come in Many Ways celebrates the many diverse ways animals, and humans, show their love.

Beneath each of the felt flaps is a wealth of snuggles, hugs, and loving engagement.

  • A heartwarming novelty book with adorable lift-the-flap interactive spreads
  • Features 10 felt flaps total in nine different, eye-catching colors
  • Ranges from the songs that mama frog sings to a warm hug from a papa elephant’s trunk

“A smile, a kiss, a word of praise, love can come in many ways.”


Soccer Time!

Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Bob McMahon
Random House, 2019

GOOOOOOOOAL!! This Step 1 introduction to practically every child’s first team sport is a win for emergent readers.

No hands–just feet. The game starts. Tweet! Young soccer enthusiasts will build their reading confidence as they learn about basic skills and the thrill of scoring a goal in this rhythmic, rhyming Step 1 Reader. As I did in Jack and Jill and T-Ball Bill and Tae Kwon Do!, I capture the excitement of sports while scaffolding reading with alliteration and word families.

 Cuánto mamá te quiere

Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Simone Shin
Simon Spotlight, 2018

Mama Loves You So, in Spanish! This book won an honorable mention in the board books category of the Campoy-Ada Awards.

Mother Earth’s Lullaby

Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Carol Heyer.
Tilbury House, 2018

Mother Earth’s Lullaby is a gentle bedtime call to some of the world’s most endangered animals. Rhythm, rhyme, and repetition create a quiet moment for children burrowing down in their own beds for the night, imparting a sense that even the most endangered animals feel safe at this peaceful time of day.

NOTE: Oops! Sometimes mistakes happen despite our best efforts! Upon publication, we discovered the backmatter information for the Ariel toucan was incorrect (actually, a completely different bird was inserted, the Amazon red-tailed parrot). Please note the following information for the beautiful Ariel toucans illustrated in the book:

Ariel toucan

Ariel toucans live in forested lowlands and foothills of Brazil, often near water. They nest and roost in tree holes, where they lay clutches of two to four eggs. Toucans eat mostly fruits and berries. Their declining population in recent decades is due largely to deforestation for cattle ranching and soy production. Forest removal affects their food sources and habitats.

Additionally, we realize that Vaquita are porpoises, not dolphins. This correction will also be made in future reprints.

Jack and Jill and T-Ball Bill

Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Sue DiCicco.
Random House, 2018.

Just in time for spring training! Don’t take Big Dog Bill out to the ballgame! This hilarious Step 1 early reader is about a dog who loves T-ball! Well, he loves the ball.

Jack and Jill bring Big Dog Bill to their T-ball game. Crack! The moment the ball is hit, Big Dog Bill can be counted on to steal it, and hilarity ensues as everyone tries to catch him. Once Jill spies a hot dog cart, a bright idea to save the day pops into her head. Just like Jack and Jill and Big Dog Bill, written and illustrated by Martha Weston, this fun phonics reader helps children with alliteration, rhyming, and word families.

Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.


My Busy Green Garden

Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Carol Schwartz.
Tilbury House, 2017.

A lyrical tribute to the bugs, bees and birds that make the garden such a busy place. With each page turn, more visitors appear, and all the while the “surprise”—a chrysalis—changes unnoticed until, on the last page, a butterfly emerges and flies away.

School Library Journal: “The text is repetitive with strong rhyme and an abundant dance of action verbs, well-suited to the portrayal of the bustling garden… The visuals provide depth to the simple text, with vibrant colors and rich details…
Verdict: An engaging read-aloud for young children and new readers, with a lot to discover among the diversity of both the flora and fauna shown in the illustrations.”

The Midwest Book Review: “My Busy Green Garden is a rhyming children’s picturebook about the bustle of insect and natural life in a lush green garden. Charming illustrations perfectly complement the singsong rhyme, and a final page of fascinating animal facts round out this delightful storybook. My Busy Green Garden is just plain fun to read aloud, and highly recommended.”

CCBC 2018 Best of the Year List: CCBC Choices is a best-of-the-year list created annually by the librarians of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and published by the Friends of the CCBC, Inc.


Mama Loves You So

Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Simone Shin.
Little Simon, 2017.

With a lilting lullaby text and lovely illustrations, the New Books for Newborns stories are the perfect first books for new parents to share with their littlest ones. This book celebrates a mother’s love trumping even majestic mother nature…a mama’s love is higher than a mountain and deeper than any stream.

Kirkus Review: “All mamas love their babies, whether human or animal. ‘Higher than an eagle flies, pure as sparkling snow, / stronger than a stony peak, / Mama loves you so.’ The rhyming verse unfurls similar sentiments across each double-page spread. The autumn-toned art… sets these verses in various animal habitats, including an eyrie in the mountains, the woods where fox and bear mother-and-child dyads explore, and a tree with dangling possum and joey…A lovely lullaby…”


Tae Kwon Do!
Tae Kwon Do!
Written by Terry Pierce. Todd Bonia.
Random House, 2006.

Get a kick out of reading! In this taekwondo class, kicking, punching, jumping and even board-breaking are all part of the fun!

Kirkus Review: “Parents, teachers and librarians desperate for first-level child appealing readers will cheer out loud.”

Blackberry Banquet
Blackberry Banquet
Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Lisa Downey.
Arbordale Publishing, 2008.

A cumulative, rollicking, rhyming tale about feasting forest animals who are interrupted by a big, hungry bear.

Children’s Literature Review: “Teachers can’t go wrong with this entertaining book and the activities that contain math, science, geography, and language arts lessons.”

Laughin' Slammin' Jammin' Jokefest
Laughin’ Jammin’ Slammin’ Jokefest
Written by Terry Pierce and Jacqueline Horsfall.
Sterling Publishing, 2007.

How does a cowboy cross the ocean?
On his seahorse, of course!

This little volume—jam-packed with satisfying merriment—outjests ever other jokefest with ridiculous riddles jibing jokes, outrageous one-liners, silly sidebars and much more.

Where in the World Are You?
Where in the World Are You?
Written by Terry Pierce.
Schoolwide, Inc., 2015

This concept book, rich in photographs, is meant to teach basics of geography and cosmology. It explores the universal truth that that we are all part of the same place in space. In cumulative fashion, the story takes the reader from the outer reaches of the universe to our galaxy to our solar system to our planet, continuing to the reader’s own room.

Out Of Print

Mother Goose Collection
Mother Goose Rhymes Series
Written by Terry Pierce.
Picture Window Books, 2007.

Including: Sleepy Time, Cuddly Critters, Friendly Faces, Forecasting Fun, Counting Your Way, Tick Tock

Joke Book Collection
Greatest Goofiest Jokes
Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Buck Jones.
Sterling Publishing, 2004.
Goofy Knock-Knocks
Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Debra Dixon.
Sterling Publishing, 2004.
Pet Jokes That Will Make You Howl!
Written by Terry Pierce and Ruth Musgrave. Illustrated by Laura Coyle.
Sterling Publishing, 2005.
Hawai'i A-Z Non-Fiction Coloring Book Series
Hawai’i A-Z Non-Fiction Coloring Book Series
Written by Terry Pierce.
Bess Press, 2004.

Volcanoes. Coral Reefs. Surfing. Dangerous Sea Creatures.

Two Tales of Hawai'i
Two Tales of Hawai’i
Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Kristen Kofsky.
Island Heritage Publishing, 2003

A unique combination of fiction (mythology) and nonfiction (science) explain how the Hawaiian Islands were formed.