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Fantastic news!

Tap Tap Boom Boom has received four honors that thrill me to the core:

(1) A Charlotte Zolotow Honor for outstanding picture book text

(2) ALA Notable designation from the American Library Association

(3) Tap Tap Boom Boom was chosen to be in the New York Public Library's 100 Best Children's Books of 2014. Click on the image to see all 100 amazing books. I am particularly honored to be among such a richly diverse, rare and wonderful collection of titles for young people.

(4) The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Children's Literature Assembly named Tap Tap Boom Boom one of its 2015 Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts!

Thank you to all of the committee members who have read and appreciated TAP TAP BOOM BOOM!


Psst! Is it thunderstorm season where you are? If so, it's a great time to pull out TAP TAP BOOM BOOM for a read-aloud!

Welcome to my website. I'm a children's book author with four picture books published by Candlewick Press, am co-wner of The Flying Pig Bookstore in Vermont, and in my palmy past have also been a book editor, teacher, and school librarian in San Francisco and New York City, as well as an assistant to a writer-producer in Hollywood. I earned my Master's degree in Education at Bank Street College in NYC and a Master's in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College. It's safe to say that most of what I love to do in life and work swirls around writing, books, and kids.

I blog for Publishers Weekly about children's bookselling, and maintain a database of diverse books for kids featuring main characters of color (where race is NOT the issue or driving force of the story). Links to these are over there <-------- and links to my books and a little more about me are over here ---------->.

I love doing school visits and talking to groups of kids, parents and teachers about a whole host of topics, from my own writing process (including the tortures and treasures of revision), to recommending the best of the new books being released this season, to helping teachers —and parents — bring fantastic, diverse books into their classrooms and their children's lives.

That's enough about me. Who are you? And what are you reading right now?


A lot of people have been asking for the link to my database of children's books (baby to YA) featuring main characters of color where race is not the driving force of the story. In other words, while race is of course an important part of a character's identity, in these books, the plot does not revolve around race, racism, intolerance, or political/​historical events based in racial issues. The issues-based books are easy to locate; it’s harder to find lists mysteries, adventure stories, fantasies, picture books, etc., that happen to feature a nonwhite main character. So I made this one.

I have identified more than 1,000 books that meet the criteria. Feel free to share and enjoy, and let me know about titles (currently in print) that fit the bill!


© 2013 Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, art by G. Brian Karas, published by Candlewick Press

© 2009 How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle, art by Randy Cecil, published by Candlewick Press

© 2008 Dogs on the Bed by Elizabeth Bluemle, art by Anne Wilsdorf, published by Candlewick Press

© 2006 My Father the Dog by Elizabeth Bluemle, art by Randy Cecil, published by Candlewick Press

My Books

Picture Books
a city thunderstorm makes friends of strangers
A young boy gathers his neighbors together for a surprise celebration.
Family dogs create chaos once bedtime rolls around.
A young girl is convinced that her well-loved father is not so much man as man's (or in this case, kid's) best friend.


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