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Patricia MacLachlan Books In Order

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Publication Order of Barkus Books

Publication Order of Boxcar Children Mysteries Books

The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sarah, Plain and Tall Books

Sarah, Plain and Tall (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skylark (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caleb's Story (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Perfect Than The Moon (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grandfather's Dance (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Cassie Binegar (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arthur, for the Very First Time (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomorrow's Wizard (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Kisses in a Row (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unclaimed Treasures (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Facts And Fictions Of Minna Pratt (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journey (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Edward's Eyes (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The True Gift (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Word After Word After Word (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Waiting for the Magic (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kindred Souls (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
White Fur Flying (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prairie Days (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Truth of Me (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fly Away (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poet's Dog (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just Dance (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Father’s Words (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dream Within a Dream (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Secret Shared (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Life Begins! (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Sick Day (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moon, Stars, Frogs, and Friends (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mama One, Mama Two (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Names (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Places to Love (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Painting the Wind (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bittle (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Loves Me? (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once I Ate a Pie (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fiona Loves the Night (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Didn't Do It (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Before You Came (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Your Moon, My Moon (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lala Salama (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nora's Chicks (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snowflakes Fall (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Talk (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Were the First (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Iridescence of Birds (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Moon's Almost Here (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Someone Like Me (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barkus (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Robot Alone (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barkus Dog Dreams (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chicken Talk (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hundred-Year Barn (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Friend Earth (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Grandfather Flew (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Poet (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Trophy Picture Books Books

The Story Of Valentine's Day (By: Clyde Robert Bulla) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Folks in the Valley (By: Stefano Vitale,Jim Aylesworth) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
What You Know First (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Little Porcupine Played Christmas (By: Felicia Bond,Joseph Slate) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gunnywolf (By: A. Delaney) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cats Sleep Anywhere (By: Eleanor Farjeon) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Books, Good Times! (By: Lee Bennett Hopkins) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sierra (By: Diane Siebert) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa (By: William Steig) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sing to the Sun (By: Ashley Bryan) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Radio Man/Don Radio (By: Arthur Dorros) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Korean Cinderella (By: Ruth Heller,Shirley Climo) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Visit to the Aquarium (By: Aliki) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea (By: Floyd Cooper,Joyce Carol Thomas) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus (By: Aliki) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Rhymes, Good Times (By: Lee Bennett Hopkins) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story of Christmas (By: Barbara Cooney,Loretta Krupinski) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buz (By: Richard Egielski) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just My Dad and Me (By: Jeffrey Greene,Leah Komaiko) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Now I Will Never Leave the Dinner Table (By: Patricia Marx,Jane Read Martin) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild and Woolly Mammoths (By: Aliki) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Market Day (By: Eve Bunting) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Going Home (By: Eve Bunting) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story of Kwanzaa (By: Donna L. Washington) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story of Passover (By: Norma Simon) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
For the Love of the Game (By: Eloise Greenfield) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase (By: Bruce Whatley,Rosie Smith) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moonstick (By: Eve Bunting) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Show & Tell Day (By: Anne Rockwell) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inch by Inch (By: Ora Eitan,David Mallett) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story of Easter (By: Andrew Langley) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Have Heard of a Land (By: Floyd Cooper,Joyce Carol Thomas) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Muscles (By: Seymour Simon) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
William Shakespeare And The Globe (By: Aliki) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story of Valentine's Day (By: Clyde Robert Bulla,Susan Estelle Kwas) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grandpa's Teeth (By: Rod Clement) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Visit To The Zoo (By: Aliki) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thanksgiving Day (By: Anne Rockwell,Lizzy Rockwell) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Irish Cinderlad (By: Loretta Krupinski,Shirley Climo) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Art Dog (By: Thacher Hurd) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Toy Brother (By: William Steig) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seashore Book (By: Wendell Minor,Charlotte Zolotow) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
You're Just What I Need (By: Julia Noonan,Ruth Krauss) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Reading Rainbow Books

Over the River and Through the Wood (By: Lydia Maria Francis Child,Kevin O'Malley,Iris Van Rynbach) (1844)Description / Buy at Amazon
Through Grandpa's Eyes (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Puppy Is Born (By: Joanna Cole,Margaret Miller,Jerome Wexler) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Have a Sister--My Sister Is Deaf (By: Deborah Kogan Ray,Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems (By: Leo Dillon,Diane Dillon,Eloise Greenfield) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eats (By: Arnold Adoff) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mummies Made in Egypt (By: Aliki) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Could Be Worse!" (By: James Stevenson) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hot-Air Henry (By: Mary Calhoun,Erick Ingraham) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just Us Women (By: Pat Cummings,Jeannette Franklin Caines) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (By: Karla Kuskin) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Medieval Feast (By: Aliki) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Truck Song (By: Diane Siebert) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dabble Duck (By: Anne Leo Ellis) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
George Shrinks (By: William Joyce) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Three Hat Day (By: Arnold Lobel,Laura Geringer) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maps and Globes (By: Harriet Barton,Jack Knowlton) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Paper Crane (By: Molly Bang) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lights! Camera! Action!: How a Movie Is Made (By: Gail Gibbons) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
How a Book Is Made (By: Aliki) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Like the Music (By: Leah Komaiko,Barbara Westman) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale (By: John Steptoe) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bugs (By: Nancy Winslow Parker,Joan Richards Wright) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Enchanted Hair Tale (By: Alexis De Veaux) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunken Treasure (By: Gail Gibbons) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Storms (By: Seymour Simon) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galimoto (By: Karen Lynn Williams,Catherine Stock) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Many Stars in the Sky? (By: James E. Ransome,Lenny Hort) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Water, Water Everywhere (By: Cynthia Overbeck Bix,Mark Rauzon) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Dragons & Dreams(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's Fine to Be Nine(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's Heaven to Be Seven(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's Great to Be Eight(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Acting Out(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Author Patricia MacLachlan was born March 3, 1938, in Cheyenne Wyoming. She lives in the western part of Massachusetts. She has written many well-loved picture books and novels. She writes children’s fiction.

Her first novel, called “Cassie Binegar”, was released in the year 1980. she writes the “Sarah, Plain and Tall” series and has released other stand alone works, one which she wrote with Emily, her daughter.

MacLachlan is a member of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance’s board. It is a non-profit that advocates actively for literature, literacy, and libraries.

“Sarah, Plain and Tall” won a Newbery Medal for Best Novel. It was also adapted into a television movie that starred Christopher Walken and Glenn Close. The sequel, “Skylark”, was also adapted into a movie that had the same name.

“Sarah, Plain and Tall” is the first novel in the “Sarah, Plain and Tall” series, which was released in the year 1985. During the late nineteenth century a widowed farmer from the Midwest with two kids, Caleb and Anna puts an ad out for a wife. When Sarah shows up, she is homesick for Maine, especially the ocean that she misses greatly.

The kids fear that she is not going to stay long, and she goes to town one day by herself, young Caleb (whose mom died during childbirth) is hit with the fear she has left for good. She comes back, however, with colored pencils to draw for the kids the beauty of Maine. Sarah wants to explain that even though she misses her home state, she would miss the kids even more.

Despite the short length of this book, it is deeply moving and talks about some existential problems of life in a straightforward manner. Sarah is an interesting character who is a lot of fun to get to know. The simple writing, intended for kids is combined with the central mystery of just who Sarah makes it interesting for adults as well.

“Skylark” is the second novel in the “Sarah, Plain and Tall” series, which was released in the year 1992. Sarah fell in love with both Anna and Caleb and their dad, Jacob when she came to stay with them on the prairie. They became a family together. Jacob is a man of the land, but for Sarah, the prairie is still not her home quite yet.

A drought threatens to devastate their way of living, Jacob has to save the farm for them. The children go back to the home that Sarah knew first. The state of Maine, where there is both an ocean and family. But are they ever going to be a family again on the prairie?

Some were able to read this one quick, and they enjoyed each and every word of what they read. MacLachlan has a way of writing books that leaves you feeling like you could start crying as a result of the tender style and the beauty of the story.

“Caleb’s Story” is the third novel in the “Sarah, Plain and Tall” series, which was released in the year 2001. Caleb is given journals to write in. It is hard for him to find things to write about. But that is his new job, as given to him by Anna. She asks him to continue writing down the family’s story.

Sarah, Anna, Jacob, Caleb, and Cassie (their new little sister) have already put together their new family, and Caleb is afraid there may be nothing left to write about. That is before Cassie finds a mysterious old guy in their barn and it all changes. Everybody is excited about the coming of a new family member. Except for Jacob, that is, who holds a bitter grudge. Only Caleb’s special love, and the gift he is offering, could help mend the pain from the past.

Each of these books does a great job of warming the heart, and this one is not an exception at all. This book does a great job of exploring each of the characters from the way they react to a brand new challenge.

“More Perfect Than the Moon” is the fourth novel in the “Sarah, Plain and Tall” series, which was released in the year 2004. Cassie spends days watching Caleb and Grandfather in the barn, looking out at her Papa as he works the fields, spying on what her mom, Sarah, feeding the goslings. She is a writer, storyteller, and an observer. Everything is the way it should be.

Change is inevitable, however, even on the prairie. Something new is expected to come, and Sarah believes it is going to be the perfect gift. But Cassie is not as sure. Just like life changes, people do too. Cassie learns that unexpected surprises are able to bring a great amount of joy with them.

Some readers enjoy reading from Cassie’s point of view, as she has a writing voice much different from her siblings. MacLachlan does an amazing job of telling a riveting story with so few words. Despite being a kid’s book series, these are great reads for adults, too.

“Grandfather’s Dance” is the fifth novel in the “Sarah, Plain and Tall” series, which was released in the year 2006. Aunt Mattie’s knitting needles click in the dark. Jack leans back on Grandfather’s shoulder. The moon rises up. The candle is flickering in a gentle prairie wind.

Cassie closes her eyes to keep it all there.

Is there anything more perfect than a wedding on the prairie? Cassie Witting does not believe so. Her sister Anna’s wedding brings together two lovebirds, a long white dress with a veil, aunts from distant Maine, dancing underneath a clear blue sky, and a world that smells like roses.

While the Witting family gets together on this special day, Cassie sees life bringing on the changing of seasons, brother Jack on Grandfather’s lap, joy, sorrow and a special dance that only Grandfather does.

This is a satisfying conclusion to the series, and shows us that even while time marches on, the memories we are making get us through each of our tomorrows. This book ends the series in the best way possible.

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2 Responses to “Patricia MacLachlan”

  1. Cathy: 3 years ago

    Love the lists in order

    • Graeme: 3 years ago

      Thanks 🙂


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