Here you’ll find info on Aaron Shepard’s picture books and early readers, featuring folktales, world classics, and original fables. For email notice of new books, subscribe to Aaron’s Update.
Special online features are available for each book. These can include reader’s theater scripts, printable color posters, photo features, audio recordings, extended author notes, and fun writing exercises. To find these features, click on links to Aaron’s Extras.
A poor musician is invited to play in the Sea King’s palace, where he’s offered more than riches. An A.L.A. Notable and N.Y. Times Best Illustrated. Ages 7 and up.
Van Amsterdam, the baker, is as honest as he can be—but he may have something left to learn. A Christmas classic back in print! Ages 4–13.
Mouse Deer is small, and many animals want to eat him—but first they have to catch him! Ages 4–9.
A cowboy with a huge smile, a gun that shoots bolts of light, and a hankering for lemonade takes on Evil-Eye McNeevil’s outlaw gang. Aaron’s best-loved story. Ages 4–12.
When a thousand-year–old snake takes human form and marries for love, she must fight for both her marriage and her freedom. Ages 7 and up.
Two-Eyes is different from her sisters and others, because she has just two eyes. A New York Public Library selection for “Children’s Books 2007: One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing.” Ages 7–12.
When a young man seeks a wife by way of family tradition, he finds himself engaged to a mouse. A New York Public Library selection for “Children’s Books 2003: One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing.” Ages 4–12.
To save his mother’s life, a young man must retrieve her weaving from the fairies of Sun Palace. Ages 4 and up.
The princess Savitri must use all her wit and will to save her husband from the god of death. A California Collection selection. Ages 7 and up.
Peter is notorious for telling wild stories—so who will believe him now, with his crazy claims about cats? A Junior Library Guild Selection. Ages 4–12.
Shadusa thinks he’s the strongest man in the world—till he meets the real Master Man. Caldecott Award-winning illustrator! Ages 5 and up.
Two epic heroes vie with magic for the hand of a sorceress’s daughter. An Aesop Accolade winner. Ages 9 and up.
Wali Dad, a humble grass-cutter, never asked for wealth—so why can’t he give it away? An Aesop Accolade winner. Ages 4 and up.
The mandarin’s daughter did not really see the boatman who sang from the river, but she’s sure he’s her destined love. A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book. Ages 7 and up.
When a young man’s wife makes him pose as a fortuneteller, his success is unpredictable. Ages 7 and up.
Slappy is the world’s biggest, fastest, bestest sign painter, but he’s too good—his pictures keep coming to life. Ages 5–12.
When Leif goes to work for the troll, only the advice of a remarkable young woman can save him from his foolishness—if only he’ll listen! Ages 4 and up.
The Calif and his Vizier try a spell that changes them into storks, then find they can’t change back. Ages 7 and up.