Kate Banks

Kate Banks has written many books for children, among them Max’s Words, And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She grew up in Maine, where she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, and where Banks developed an early love of reading. “I especially liked picture books,” she says, “and the way in which words and illustrations could create a whole new world in which sometimes real and other times magical and unexpected things could happen.” Banks attended Wellesley College and received her master's in history at Columbia University. She lived in Rome for eight years but now lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons, Peter Anton and Maximilian.


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City Cat

by Kate Banks; illustrated by Lauren Castillo
Frances Foster Books

A plucky stray cat takes a Grand Tour in Kate Banks' story of a family on a European vacation. As the family travels from one city to the next, the cat finds...


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Please, Papa

Kate Banks, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
Frances Foster Books

Alice was making a farm in the middle of her bedroom. She asked Mama for a pig and chickens for her farm, but when Mama didn’t have a horse, Alice turned to...


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Thank You, Mama

Kate Banks, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
Frances Foster Books

It was Alice’s birthday, and Alice’s mama and papa took her to the zoo. They bought Alice a pet parrot, an ice cream, and a flower. “Thank you, Mama,” said...


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The Bear in the Book

Kate Banks illustrations by Georg Hallensleben
Frances Foster Books

It's time for bed, and a little boy chooses his favorite book for his mother to read to him. The bear in the book is preparing for his own deep slumber,...


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The Magician's Apprentice

Kate Banks, illustrated by Peter Sís
Frances Foster Books

Baz has always dreamed about following his two older brothers out of his dusty little town, so when a stranger comes to his family's home and asks him to be a...


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Max's Castle
Max's Words
Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Frances Foster Books

When Max finds a pile of forgotten toys under the bed, his brothers Benjamin and Karl wonder what’s so special about some old blocks. So Max shows them. With...


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This Baby

Kate Banks, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
Frances Foster Books

Kate Banks’s lyrical poetry pairs with Gabi Swiatkowska’s playful dreamlike images to create this must-have book for all children who are about to be new...


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The Eraserheads

Kate Banks; pictures by Boris Kulikov
Frances Foster Books

4 + 3 = 8? Whoops! That’s not right. Looks like a job for the eraserheads! The three eraserheads—an owl, a crocodile, and a pig—live atop three pencils in...


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What's Coming for Christmas?

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Frances Foster Books

You can see it in the way the snowman’s eyes sparkle. Hear it in the voices of carolers echoing in the streets, and in the sounds of children trimming the...


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That's Papa's Way

Kate Banks; Pictures by Lauren Castillo
Frances Foster Books

A father and his little girl set out early one morning to go fishing. The girl watches her father closely, noticing how he plucks the worms from the soil with...


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Monkeys and the Universe
Monkey Readers
Kate Banks; Pictures by Tomek Bogacki
Frances Foster Books

Max’s older brother, Pete, is building a model of the solar system, and he won’t let Max help. It’s enough to make a little monkey feel like nothing more than...


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Max's Dragon
Max's Words
Kate Banks; Pictures by Boris Kulikov
Frances Foster Books

Max is looking for words that rhyme. His dragon is in his wagon – or was, for now its tail has left a trail, which Max follows. He finds an umbrella on the...


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The Night Worker

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Square Fish

Going to the job site with Dad When darkness falls and bedtime comes, Papa tucks Alex in, then puts on his hard hat and goes to work. Papa is an engineer...


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Fox
Fox

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Frances Foster Books

Against the rhythmic background of turning seasons, a little fox learns that there is a time for everything. The rain, the clouds, the days all come and go as...


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Max's Words
Max's Words
Kate Banks; Pictures by Boris Kulikov
Frances Foster Books

Max’s brothers have grand collections that everyone makes a big fuss over. Benjamin collects stamps and Karl collects coins, and neither one will share with...


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And If the Moon Could Talk

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Sunburst Paperbacks

It is night. Inside a house, a child is getting ready for bed. A hall light is switched on, toys and animals are settled in their places. Papa reads a story,...


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Dillon Dillon

Kate Banks
Sunburst Paperbacks

What kind of parents would name their child Dillon Dillon? For his tenth birthday, Dillon's parents give him a red rowboat with his name painted on the...


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The Cat Who Walked Across France

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Frances Foster Books

An unforgettable tour of France The cat and the old woman have lived happily together for many years in the stone house by the sea. But when the old woman...


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Baboon

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Sunburst Paperbacks

On his first trip into the world, a baby baboon meets a very slow turtle and concludes that the world is slow. But then, as his mother takes him farther...


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Close Your Eyes

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Frances Foster Books

A little tiger takes an imaginative journey The little tiger lay on his back in the tall grass. "Close your eyes, little tiger," said his mother, "and go...


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