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On March 25, Candlewick Press is publishing my fourth book, TAP TAP BOOM BOOM, a beat-rich poem about a thunderstorm in the city for kids to read and perform.

We'll be having a launch party at ArtsRiot, 400 Pine Street in Burlington, Vermont, on Tuesday, March 25, from 4:30-7:30 pm. Grab the kids and come on down for a party with live music, food, and the big reveal of the new book!

RSVP to or to 802-985-3999.

To read more about the book, and see what the critics are saying, click on the link in the right sidebar.



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; itís 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 close to 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.