Many of Steven's 30 popular picture books published to date are available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon

Scroll down to view all of Steven Salerno’s picture books, listed in reverse chronological order.


^ The Crayon Man The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons (non-fiction) written by Natascha Biebow & illustrated by Steven Salerno. March 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Edwin Binney loved color, but his chemical company only produced black ink, black crayons, black powder, black dyes… until the day in 1903 when he finally came up with just the right recipe for making colored crayons for school children


^ Wild Horse Annie Friend of the Mustangs (non-fiction) written by Tracey Fern & illustrated by Steven Salerno. April 2019 by Farrar Straus Giroux. The true story of horse lover and activist Velma Bronn Johnston, nicknamed Wild Horse Annie, who was the driving force in the passing of Federal Laws in the 1970’s protecting the lives of wild horses on public lands.


^ Tim's Goodbye -written & illustrated by Steven Salerno. April 2018 by Farrar Straus Giroux. Margot and her friends all gather together but the reason is unclear -until a visual twist in one of the illustrations reveals they have all come together to give their heartfelt final goodbye to Margot's beloved pet, Tim, that has died. They celebrate his beautiful, simple life... and they send him on his way to a special place above the mountains and beyond the clouds...


^ PASS GO And Collect $200 The Real Story of How MONOPOLY Was Invented (non-fiction) written by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Steven Salerno. July 2018 by Christy Ottaviano Books. In 1903 Lizzie Magie patented her board game The Land Lord's Game which was the original concept for what later, after a man named Charles Darrow in 1933 streamlined the game rules and changed the graphics, was renamed MONOPLY and went on to become one of the most popular American board games in history.


^ PRIDE The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag (non-fiction) written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steven Salerno. April 2018 by Random House. This story follows the history of the gay rights Rainbow flag, from its creation in San Francisco by designer Gilbert Baker, and gay rights activist/politician Harvey Milk -whose life was tragically cut short in 1978... to the iconic flag spanning the globe serving as a symbol of hope for LGBTQIA people everywhere.


^ Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates -written by April Jones Prince, illustrated by Steven Salerno. October 2017 Farrar Straus Giroux (Margaret Ferguson Books) This swashbuckling pirate-themed spin on the classic tale has the golden haired heroine Goldenlocks coming face to face with a rowdy pirate family who are ready to make her walk the plank for invading their ship... but luckily Goldenlocks' skill for fixing things make the pirates look at her in a different light!

Puppy Princess / Little Golden Books 2016

Puppy Princess/ Little Golden Books 2016

^ Puppy Princess -written by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Steven Salerno July 2016 Little Golden Books (Random House) This pampered pup lives a life of luxury… relaxing in the swimming pool, a butler serving lunch, shopping sprees, spa treatments, but will she win the prestigious Dog Show?

The Kid from Diamond Street / 2016 Clarion Books

The Kid from Diamond Street/ 2016 Clarion Books

^ The Kid from Diamond Street (non-fiction) written by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Steven Salerno April 2016 Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) The true story of Philadelphia girl Edith Houghton who became a professional baseball player at age ten, and in 1925 at age thirteen she was a star player on the all-female American team that toured Japan competing against their all-male teams. (This is the second picture book by Audrey Vernick and Steven Salerno.)

Wild Child /2015 Abrams Books

Wild Child/2015 Abrams Books

^ Wild Child -written & illustrated by Steven Salerno August 2015 Abrams Books for Young Readers. Suddenly one day a new kind of creature wanders into the jungle, a small thing with soft smooth skin and just two tiny teeth... but it is a terror, pestering all the other jungle animals relentlessly. So, the jungle animals must figure out a way to tame this wild thing, or there will never be any peace and quiet in the jungle ever again.

The Fantastic Ferris Wheel /2015 Christy Ottaviano Books

The Fantastic Ferris Wheel/2015 Christy Ottaviano Books

^ The Fantastic Ferris Wheel (non-fiction) written by Betsy Harvey Kraft, illustrated by Steven Salerno October 2015 Christy Ottaviano Books. The construction of the very first giant observation wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, nicknamed The Ferris Wheel, was created by American engineer George Washington Ferris.

BOOM! /2013 Hyperion Books - Disney

BOOM!/2013 Hyperion Books - Disney

^ BOOM! -written by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Steven Salerno June 2013 Hyperion Books (Disney). About a brave little dog named Rosie who is not afraid of anything… well, except for thunder and lightning!

Brothers at Bat /2012 Clarion Books

Brothers at Bat/2012 Clarion Books

^ Brothers At Bat (non-fiction) written by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Steven Salerno April 2012 Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). The amazing true story of twelve brothers who formed a professional team and made baseball history.

Pantaloon /2010 Golden Books -Random House

Pantaloon/2010 Golden Books -Random House

^ Pantaloon -written by Kathryn Jackson, illustrated by Steven Salerno March 2010 Golden Books (Random House). The remake of the 1951 Golden Books classic, about a poodle obsessed with becoming a baker’s assistant.

Harry Hungry! /2009 Harcourt Children's Books

Harry Hungry!/2009 Harcourt Children's Books

^ Harry Hungry! -written & illustrated by Steven Salerno February 2009 Harcourt Children’s Books. Little Harry is hungry so Mom gives him a snack, but it's not enough. Suddenly he's on a rampage, devouring everything and anything in his path… and getting bigger and bigger as he takes huge bites out of bridges, mountains, even the sky. Nothing can stop him until...

Stampede /2009 Clarion Books

Stampede/2009 Clarion Books

^ Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School -written by Laurie Purdie Salas, illustrated by Steven Salerno April 2009 Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). All the trials and tribulations of being in school, charmingly told in poem form. 

Bebe Goes to the Beach /2008 Harcourt Children's Books

Bebe Goes to the Beach/2008 Harcourt Children's Books

^ Bebe Goes to the Beach -written by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Steven Salerno June 2008 Harcourt Children’s Books. (sequel to Bebe Goes Shopping) English/Spanish: Bebe experiences all the beach has to offer, and Mama scrambles to keep up…

Mrs Wow Never Wanted  a Cow/2006 Random House

Mrs Wow Never Wanted a Cow/2006 Random House

^ Mrs Wow Never Wanted a Cow -written by Martha Freeman, illustrated by Steven Salerno June 2006 Random House Books for Young Readers. Mrs. Wow reluctantly keeps a cow, and in the bargain also gets her two lazy pets back in line.

19 Girls & Me /2006 Philomel Books

19 Girls & Me/2006 Philomel Books

^ 19 Girls and Me -written by Darcy Pattison, illustrated by Steven Salerno June 2006 Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers Group). Young John Hercules Po arrives for his first day of kindergarten and is surprised to see that the class consists of nineteen girls, and him!

Bebe Goes Shopping /2006 Harcourt Children's Books

Bebe Goes Shopping/2006 Harcourt Children's Books

^ Bebe Goes Shopping -written by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Steven Salerno April 2006 Harcourt Children’s Books English/Spanish: Bebe experiences the supermarket with Mama and can’t seem to stay out of mischief.  

Bedtime /2005 Philomel Books

Bedtime/2005 Philomel Books

^ Bedtime! -written by Christine Anderson, illustrated by Steven Salerno July 2005 Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers Group). A young girl refuses to go to bed because she's too busy playing, then gets jealous when Mom cleverly places all her attention on the family dog.

Coco the Carrot/2005 Marshall Cavendish Children's Books

Coco the Carrot/2005 Marshall Cavendish Children's Books

^ Coco The Carrot -written & illustrated by Steven Salerno March 2005 Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books. A remarkable, feisty carrot escapes from her cold, cramped vegetable bin, and explores the outside world. She befriends a monkey on a tropical island, makes her way to Paris, and eventually becomes a celebrated hat designer.

Funny Honey /2005 Simon & Schuster

Funny Honey/2005 Simon & Schuster

^ Funny Honey Valentine (mini-size board book) -illustrated by Steven Salerno January 2005 Little Simon (Simon & Schuster). Illustrated vignettes all about Valentine’s Day.

Go-Go Baby! /Marshall Cavendish Children's Books

Go-Go Baby!/Marshall Cavendish Children's Books

^ Go-Go Baby! -written by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Steven Salerno March 2004 Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books. This baby is on the move… via stroller, bus, train, ship, and seemingly never, ever gets sleepy.

Holly Jolly Christmas /2004 Simon & Schuster

Holly Jolly Christmas/2004 Simon & Schuster

^ Holly Jolly Christmas (mini-size board book) -illustrated by Steven Salerno October 2004 Little Simon (Simon & Schuster). Illustrated vignettes all about the Christmas holiday.

Counting Our Way to the 100th Day /2004 Margaret McElderry Books

Counting Our Way to the 100th Day/2004 Margaret McElderry Books

^ Counting Our Way to the 100th Day -written by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Steven Salerno June 2004 Margaret McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster). 100 poems and 100 illustrations celebrating the 100th day of the school year.

The Little Red Hen /2004 Scholastic

The Little Red Hen/2004 Scholastic

^ The Little Red Hen (paperback only) -written by Ellen Tarlow, illustrated by Steven Salerno 2004 Scholastic. Some animals miss out on a tasty cake, and get a lesson in the virtues of hard work.

Mathematickles! /2003 Margaret McElderry Books

Mathematickles!/2003 Margaret McElderry Books

^ Mathematickles -written by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Steven Salerno June 2003 Margaret McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster). Poems describing the four seasons cleverly set in math equation format, all seen through the eyes of a young girl.

Little Tumbo /2003 Marshall Cavendish Children's Books

Little Tumbo/2003 Marshall Cavendish Children's Books

^ Little Tumbo -written & illustrated by Steven Salerno March 2003 Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books. Curiosity gets the best of a young elephant who wanders too far from his family… gets captured by two shady marketeers and now he must learn how to trumpet to save his own life.

The Dirty Little Boy /2001 Winslow Press

The Dirty Little Boy/2001 Winslow Press

^ The Dirty Little Boy -written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Steven Salerno April 2001 Winslow Press. A boy learns how to bathe by watching the animals… but the less than clean results do not go over well with his stern, but loving mother.

Chicken Chuck /2000 Winslow Press

Chicken Chuck/2000 Winslow Press

^ Chicken Chuck -written by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Steven Salerno April 2000 Winslow Press. A rooster finds a magic seed and grows a blue feather atop his head, becomes bossy to the other animals, then learns a lesson in humility and friendship.