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Kate Banks

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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How to Find an Elephant
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How to Find an Elephant

Kate Banks ; Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

What to do on a dull gray day? Head into the wilds and look for an elephant. You will need a pair of binoculars, a blanket, a flute, some food, a little imagination, and a lot of curiosity. Look and...

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Boy's Best Friend
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Boy's Best Friend

Kate Banks and Rupert Sheldrake
Square Fish
Square Fish

Eleven-year-old George has a dog, Bart, who seems to know everything about him--from when he is feeling sad to when he will arrive home from school. George's new neighbor and classmate, Lester, also...

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Close Your Eyes
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Close Your Eyes

Kate Banks; illustrated by Georg Hallensleben
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 to sleep."

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Max's Math
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Max's Math

Max's Words

Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Max and his two brothers hop into a car and go looking for problems they can solve. They cruise down highway number 4 on their way to Shapeville, but they see an abandoned number along the way. Is...

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City Cat
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City Cat

by Kate Banks; illustrated by Lauren Castillo
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 its own means--by bus, boat, train, truck,...

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Please, Papa

Please, Papa

Kate Banks, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 her papa.

"Please, Papa," said Alice.

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Thank You, Mama

Thank You, Mama

Kate Banks; Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
Macmillan Audio
Macmillan Young Listeners

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 Alice."Thank you, Mama," said...

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The Bear in the Book
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The Bear in the Book

Kate Banks, illustrations by Georg Hallensleben
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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, hibernating through the winter while humans...

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The Magician's Apprentice
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The Magician's Apprentice

Kate Banks, illustrated by Peter Sís
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 weaver's apprentice, Baz is eager to...

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Max's Castle
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Max's Castle

Max's Words

Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 some clever twists of both blocks and...

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The Eraserheads
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The Eraserheads

Kate Banks; pictures by Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 the land of paper, rulers, letters, and numbers. Their job is to help a little boy correct his mistakes. But one day they make a mistake of their own—and what happens next is something nobody expected.

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Max's Dragon
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Max's Dragon

Max's Words

Kate Banks; Pictures by Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 ground— "Found, ground," he says, while...

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The Night Worker
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The Night Worker

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Square Fish
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 who works at night. "Take me...

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Max's Words
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Max's Words

Max's Words

Kate Banks; Pictures by Boris Kulikov
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 their little brother. So Max decides to...

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And If the Moon Could Talk
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And If the Moon Could Talk

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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, Mama comes in to say good night, dreams...

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The Cat Who Walked Across France
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The Cat Who Walked Across France

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 dies, the cat is packed up with her...

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