David Martin

My Works

SHH! BEARS SLEEPING
(illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher)
(Viking)

Late breaking news! Bears don’t hibernate! They sleep and sleep and sleep.
Comes winter, comes snow
Bears are ready, bears go
In their den, warm and deep
Winter is time, for bears to sleep.

PEEP and DUCKY RAINY DAY
(illustrated by David Walker)
(Candlewick Press)

Peep and Ducky are back again. This time it’s raining, it’s pouring, but they’re not snoring. They‘re splashing in their boots, riding an airborn umbrella that turns into a boat and escaping – WHEW! – a thunderstorm. Lucky, lucky, lucky as always.

PEEP and DUCKY
(illustrated by David Walker)
(Candlewick Press)

Two good friends, on a warm sunny day, meet in the park, and then they play. Ducky runs to Peep. Peep runs to Ducky. Such good friends. Lucky, lucky, lucky. And then they’re off: down the slide, in the mud, oops, a little tussle over a sandbox toy, but quickly resolved, and they dig, dig, diggety, dig, until they gotta, gotta, gotta go home.

LET’S HAVE A TREE PARTY
(illustrated by John Manders)
(Candlewick Press)

What could be better than friends together at a party in a tree? Especially when it’s hosted by Grandpa Crow and all the forest critters will be there: the squirrel, raccoons, possums, frogs, birds, mice and more. Even the slimy slugs are sure to slither in for food, games, music and dancing. And don’t forget Baby Bear. That little clown will be there for sure! The fun starts right now, and you’re invited!


LITTLE BUNNY AND THE MAGIC CHRISTMAS TREE
(illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev)
(Candlewick Press)
 
It’s not fair! Little Bunny doesn’t like being the smallest one in the family. Now it’s Christmas Eve, and his favorite shiny red fire-engine ornament is way up high in the tree. Little Bunny is too small to reach it, but too big to climb the tree. And he so loves that fire engine. He wishes he could ride in it for real! With Christmas Eve magic and help from some new friends, Little Bunny has the adventure of his life on a night when anything is possible. Now available in larger paperback edition with stickers.



HANUKKAH LIGHTS - board book
(illustrated by Melissa Sweet)
(Candlewick Press)

Candles on the menorah, ready to light! At Hanukkah, there are many much-anticipated rituals -- latkes to eat, dreidels to spin, presents to give and receive, and shiny gold treats. Add some free-form fun, from shadow puppetry to singing and dancing, and you have a warm, truly child-friendly celebration. Now available in larger paperback edition with stickers.

CHRISTMAS TREE - board book
(illustrated by Melissa Sweet)
(Candlewick Press)
 
 At Christmastime, a tree from the outside comes inside, just waiting to be decorated.. And did you know that some of the tree’s ornaments are inspired by outdoor things, too -- like a snowflake, a ball, a bird, and a star? Spare language and luminous collage paintings offer a fresh, inviting look at well-loved traditions.



ALL FOR PIE. PIE FOR ALL
(illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev)
(Candlewick Press)

Why is it that when there is one piece left in the pie plate, no one ever takes it? But it keeps getting smaller and smaller. True to life, in this story, after Grandma Cat bakes an apple pie for her family, one piece is left. Who eats it, and what happens after? Publishers Weekly, in its starred review, enjoyed the “text with its alluring repetition” and the “illustrations that brim with joy.” A sweet story. Delicious and nonfattening.

(ages 3-5)



WE'VE ALL GOT BELLYBUTTONS
(illustrated by Randy Cecil)
(Candlewick Press)

We’ve got hands for clapping, feet for kicking, and lots more too. But best of all we’ve got bellybuttons for tickle-tickle-tickling. In this rollicking romp, playfully illustrated by Randy Cecil, little ones can follow the actions of adorable animal babies and their families and discover all of the wonderful ways their bodies can move.

6 months to 3 years -- Available Feb. 2005


PIGGY AND DAD GO FISHING
(illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz)
(Candlewick Press)

Piggy is going fishing with Dad for the very first time, and he couldn’t be more excited. But, when he comes face to face with the bait – an irresistibly cute worm – tender-hearted Piggy starts thinking about the sport in a whole new way. In this warm, funny father-son tale, the popular Piggy and Dad move on from a Brand New Reader format to their first full-length picture book, one that’s sure to have loyal fans hooked and that will reel in new friends too.

Preschool to 1st grade -- Available May, 2005



FIVE LITTLE PIGGIES
(illustrated by Susan Meddaugh)
(Candlewick Press)

This Parent’s Choice Award winning book tells the silly stories behind why one little piggy went to market, one stayed home, one had roast beef, one had none, and one piggy, the littlest, little piggy, cried wee, wee, wee, all the way home.




MONKEY TROUBLE
(illustrated by Scott Nash)
(Candlewick Press)

Monkey Trouble, like all Brand New Readers published by Candlewick Press, includes four little books: POP, POP, POP, POP, POP, Monkey Flies Away, Monkey Eats Worms, and Monkey, Watch Out! These, and all Brand New Reader stories, are written and illustrated especially for children who are just ready to begin reading on their own. And they are full of jokes and surprises that make the very youngest readers want to them read over and over. In this collection, Monkey pops balloons, flies off with a kite, pretends to eat worms, and lands in a puddle.





MONKEY BUSINESS
(illustrated by Scott Nash)
(Candlewick Press)

Monkey was David’s first Brand New Reader character, and these four stories: Monkey, Where Are You? Monkey The Mummy, Monkey’s Loose Tooth, and Happy Birthday are, as experts know, exactly the kinds of short, funny stories that children who are just starting to read need in order to succeed and have fun. So enjoy Monkey as he hides from Mom, loses his first tooth, and wraps himself in bandages until he looks like a mummy. And if these are fun, see what Monkey does with balloons, and kites, a worm and a pogo stick in the Monkey Trouble collection.


PIGGY AND DAD
(illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz)
(Candlewick Press)

This Brand New Reader collection: Piggy’s Bath, Piggy’s Bedtime, Piggy’s Pictures, and Piggy’s Sandwich are exactly the kinds of stories experts know children need when they are just starting to read. They are short and funny, with words and pictures that help children reading for the very first time succeed, and have fun. So see what happens when Piggy takes a bath with all the toys he can carry or what happens at bedtime after Dad reads to him and kisses him good night. And if you like these, try the four other Piggy and Dad stories in the Piggy And Dad Play, collection.





PIGGY AND DAD PLAY
(illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz)
(Candlewick Press)

With four more Piggy and Dad stories, Play Ball, Lemonade For Sale, Water Balloons and Sledding, father and son are at it again. Guess who kicks the ball through the window, drinks all the lemonade, has the last laugh in the water fight, and ends up buried in snow. But however things turn out, these two have a good time as usual, as will your brand new reader when he or she proudly reads them to you.




LUCY AND BOB
(written and illustrated by David Martin)
(Candlewick Press)

In these four Brand New Reader stories, Lucy and Bob do what frogs do: hop, swim, eat (flies of course) and attempt the impossible, flying. And they do it all in the Brand New Reader format that’s just right for beginning readers. For my first illustration project, I couldn’t have found two nicer frogs than Lucy and Bob. They were always there when I needed them, as were the people at Candlewick Press.






THREE LITTLE BEARS
(illustrated by Akemi Gutierrez)
(Candlewick Press)

This is David’s third Brand New Reader series. Like the others they include brief bits of information for parents on how to help their children become good readers. More information about the Brand New Reader series can be found at www.brandnewreaders.com.





THREE LITTLE BEARS PLAY ALL DAY
(illustrated by Akemi Gutierrez)
(Candlewick Press)

Whether jumping, juggling, munching, or building with blocks, Baby Bear finds a new way to make mischief while playing with his ever-patient big brother and sister. Three Little Bears Build. Three Little Bears Eat. Three Little Bears Juggle. Three Little Bears Jump.www.brandnewreaders.com.

Selected Works

Get some blankets and pillows, make a bear den and snuggle in with Momma and her two cubs. But don’t forget to run around first and eat a lot so you’re ready for a long winter’s sleep.
Lucky, lucky, lucky, these two are together again, first creating a bit of havoc inside and then out in the elements. And don’t they make the most of that?
When these two friends meet in the park, they play as only little ones can. If a child’s job is to play, these two are pros. Lucky, lucky, Peep and Ducky.
When Grandpa Crow throws a party in a tree with games, food, music and dancing, all the forest critters come. And you’re invited too!
We’ve got hands for clapping, feet for kicking, and lots more too. But best of all we’ve got bellybuttons for tickle-tickle-tickling.
Piggy is going fishing with Dad for the very first time, and he couldn’t be more excited. But, when he comes face to face with the bait – an irresistibly cute worm – tender-hearted Piggy starts thinking about the sport in a whole new way.
Five little stories, one for each little piggy at the end of your foot.
These two frogs hop, swim, play tag, and answer the question, “Can frogs fly?” And all in the Brand New Reader format that’s just right for beginning readers,
Picture books
Little Bunny is tired of being the smallest. But thanks to some Christmas magic and an enchanted tree, he gets teenier still-- and has a BIG adventure.
Sweet illustrations and simple language bring the holidays to life for the youngest of children.
Sweet illustrations and simple language bring the holidays to life for the youngest of children.
Grandma Cat bakes an apple pie. There’s plenty for everyone and even a piece left over. And what happens to that piece? There lies the - sweet from beginning to end - story.
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Four stories that are full of good natured monkey trouble like popping balloons and pretending to eat worms. These are fun to laugh at and written and illustrated so they’re easy for the youngest readers to read.
Piggy and his dad are back again with four more funny Brand New Reader stories. As always they are just right for children who like jokes and are ready to start reading on their own
Easy-to-read
Monkey, David's first Brand New Reader character stars in four funny stories for children just ready to read on their own.
Four short, funny stories with words and pictures that help children reading for the very first time succeed and have fun.
Four Brand New Reader stories featuring Sister, Brother and Baby Bear swimming, dancing and playing.
Baby Bear’s antics lead to unexpected results as he returns with Brother Bear and Sister Bear in four simple, funny stories