amy young children's book author & illustrator


Written and illustrated by Amy Young  
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A picture book starring Sparkle and Lucy about what happens when your best friend makes a new pal.

In A Unicorn Named Sparkle, Lucy found out that the unicorn she thought she didn't want was the exact right unicorn for her. In this new story, Lucy makes a new friend and Sparkle is worried that means she doesn't care about him anymore. What happens when two's company but three's a crowd? See More...



When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty-five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she'll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny — and oh, he has fleas. Lucy isn't pleased, but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realizes that even though he wasn't exactly the unicorn she wanted, he might be just the one she needs.See More...


DON'T EAT THE BABY! (Viking, May 2013)
New baby brothers are, loud, stinky and totally boring.
But are they tasty, too?

All the grown-ups in Tom’s life seem to think Baby Nathaniel looks cute enough to eat.

Would they really eat a baby for dinner? See More...


Is it strawberry ice cream with chocolate sprinkles, or climbing tall trees? Do you love to daydream, or listen to the world when you are underwater?

This exploration of every day joy was commissioned by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital to honor Helen DeVos for the vision, kindness and generosity that made the hospital a reality. See More...

mud fairy by amy young

THE MUD FAIRY (Bloomsbury, March 2010)
Wearing pink and tiptoing through the dewdrops is for wimps! Emmelina would rather play with her friends, the frogs. But can a fairy with an independent streak earn her wings if she goes against the fairy code? Warm, humorous, and with just the right amount of pink (and mud), here's a book that will capture the hearts of girly-girls and tomboys alike. See More...

belinda begins ballet by amy young

Before Belinda was a ballerina, she was just a tiny girl… with two very big feet! Little Belinda does just fine with her extra-large tootsies until the drama teacher casts her as the clown in her school’s talent show. But Belinda’s big feet have a mind — and talent — all their own, and when she gets in front of the audience, they’ve got their own ideas about what kind of show to put on! See More...

Belinda and the glass slipper by amy young

Belinda is auditioning for the Grand Metropolitan Ballet’s production of Cinderella. With her perfect feet, which happen to be huge, Belinda is a shoe-in for the lead. But a tiny-footed rival presents a big problem. Miss Lola Mudge is the ballet’s newest dancer, and she always gets what she wants, even if it means stealing the show from Belinda! Can Belinda save the ballet from the jealous Lola? See More...

Belinda in Paris by amy young

BELINDA IN PARIS (Viking, 2005)
All of Paris was abuzz with the news — Belinda the ballerina was coming to town! But when Belinda's extra-large ballet shoes wind up in Pago Pago by mistake, she and a young ballerina must hit the streets to look for a new pair. Along the way, Belinda befriends a trio of Parisians, each with his or her own problem. Can Belinda save the day and still find ballet shoes before her performance that night? See More...

Belinda by amy young

Once there was a ballerina named Belinda. Belinda loved to dance, but she had two big problems: her left foot and her right foot. When people made fun of her, Belinda decided to give up dance forever. But what will she do without it? With her determination and spirit, she finds a way to continue doing what she loves best. Belinda takes center stage in this charming story in which the size of her feet is rivaled only by the size of her heart. See More...

Illustrated by Amy young  

Moi and marie antoineette illustrated by amy young

MOI AND MARIE ANTOINETTE (Bloomsbury, September 2006), by Lynn Cullen.
Marie Antoinette was one of the most celebrated queens in history… but she was once a little girl, too. As told by her vain but devoted dog, Sebastian, here is the story of the young princess’s life — from her childhood in Austria, to the elaborate preparations leading to her marriage to Louis XVI; from her unhappy rise to power in turbulent times, to the birth of her own children. Lynn Cullen’s spirited text sheds light on a side of Marie Antoinette few have seen — that of a vulnerable young girl thrust into a role much bigger than she could have imagined. See More...

spike and cubby illustrated by amy young

SPIKE AND CUBBY’S ICE CREAM ISLAND ADVENTURE (Henry Holt, 2004) by Heather Sellers. A dogs-at-sea adventure filled with turbulence, friendship, and plenty of ice cream! Spike and Cubby are the best of friends. They are also a working dog team: Cubby is a writer with no time for interruptions, and Spike’s an illustrator with a knack for distracting. But when the distraction is the amazing Ice Cream Island — specializing in Spumoni Baloney Grande — what dog can resist? This playful adventure proves that friendship can weather more than a bit of rough-and-tumble, and especially that a little distraction (and a yummy treat) can lead to inspiration. See more....


MY PONY JACK (Viking Easy-to-Read, 2005) by Cari Meister.
Meet Jack! Taking care of a pony is fun, but it’s a lot of work, too. Readers can follow along as Lacy grooms her pony, Jack—from brushing his coat and tail to cleaning his hooves. This simple story with irresistible illustrations showing lots of visual clues is perfect for children just learning to read on their own. A picture glossary of terms is included.

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MY PONY JACK AT RIDING LESSONS (Viking Easy-to-Read, 2005)
by Cari Meister.
It’s lesson-time for Lacy and her lovable pony, Jack. They practice their posting trot, the bumpy sitting trot, and Lacy’s favorite — the canter. This series features simple stories with playful illustrations, which capture the charming connection between a girl and her pony.

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MY PONY JACK AT THE HORSE SHOW (Viking Easy-to-Read, 2006)
by Cari Meister.
Lacy and her pony, Jack, are competing in a horse show. Lacy gets Jack ready by braiding his mane, combing his tail, and more.When they arrive at the show, Lacy is initially overwhelmed. It’s so big! But once she and Jack get onto the course, they do just fine. They even win a second-place ribbon.

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