I don't know... my money's on Bunjitsu Bunny.

This, and the other 3 in the series are 
Junior Library Guild Selections!

Book 4 in the series! 4 books; 48 tales of fighty little rabbits. Can be read in any order. You can get them online, or better yet, ask for them at your friendly neighborhood bookstore or library.
The whole noisy gang!
Some other titles:

Pipaluk & the Whales (National Geographic)
Mort the Sport (Orchard) (On the list of top 10 Children's Sport's Books '00)
The Animal Rescue Club (Harper Collins)
Mort the Sport (Orchard)
Ibis, A True Whale Story (Scholastic) (ABC Award)
Buzby (Harper Collins)
Buzby To The Rescue (Harper Collins)
The Ups & Downs of Simpson Snail (E.P. Dutton)
Ellen & the Goldfish (formerly Dutton, now an E-book)
Talester the Lizard (formerly Dial, now an E-book)
Montigue on the High Seas (formerly Viking, now an E-book)

Check your local bookstores or have a look at the ordering options below
From the Nature Upclose series (Children's Press):

Have you ever wondered how some of nature's smallest creatures spend their days and nights?  Here's your chance to take a scientifically accurate peek at the world from their point of view.  In each book, the striking watercolor illustrations and lively storyline follow a small plant or animal as it hunts for food, faces its enemies & interacts with humans.
Nature Upclose Titles:
A Monarch Butterfly's Life (sample pictures)
A Pillbug's Life  
A Luna Moth's Life (sample pictures)
A Woodfrog's Life (sample pictures)
A Ladybug's Life
A Dandelion's Life
A Salamander's Life 
A Slug's Life
A House Spider's Life
A Hummingbird's Life 
An Earthworm's Life
A Mouse's Life 
A Mealworm's Life
Last updated 11/17

Pipaluk had never seen so many whales.  There were thousands of them - all trapped in a narrow opening in the ice.  For centuries the whales had provided food for the people of her villiage.  Now the whales needed their help.

Based on a true story, Pipaluk and the Whales shows the great lengths to which people will go to save the lives of their wild neighbors.
About me:
I am a children's book/natural history author and illustrator, and have written & illustrated about 90 books since 1981.  I'm also a "freelance" naturalist who leads trips and lectures and I co-founded a martial arts school - Green Hill Martial Arts.   I live in the rural town of Killingworth in Connecticut.  My wife Betsy is a potter and High School Art Teacher.  My son, Jeff, is an artist and graduated from my alma mater - the School of Visual Arts.  My daughter Liz is a photographer.  For more information, and pictures, go to "JH's BIO".
Discovering Moths, 
published by Downeast Books

This one's for adults and is filled with photos, stories and drawings of 
some of my favorite bugs.  

Click on cover for more info and sample pages.
Based on a real life groups of kids who rescued orphaned and injured wildlife.
2003 CT BOOK AWARD Finalist 
in Best Children's Book Author Category
2003 CT BOOK AWARD Finalist 
in Best Non Fiction Category
Spring 2004
Frog in a Bog
Charlesbridge Press

Peek into a unique environment packed with frogs, bugs, birds, and more.  From crickets to muskrats, pitcher plants to moss, take an up-close look at life in a typical North American bog.
Read School Library Journal & Booklist reviews
Science Books 
& Film
Some more available Children's Books:
Spring 2006
Discovering Amphibians
Frogs and Salamanders of the Northeast
Downeast Books

Stories, photos, and drawings covering the 'phibs in this area, and some of my adventures in seeking them out.

Author stalking his quarry for the book.

Fall '06
 Chickens to the Rescue
  Henry Holt Publishers

Also out Spring 2006

Tudley Didn't Know
  Sylvan Dell Publishing

Tudley does some unbelievable things because he doesn't know he can't.

Read these reviews: Booklist, School Library Journal, Front Street Books, Children's Book Reviews

Visit SDP's website here for more information
 ABA's "Book Sense 2006 Autumn Children's Picks" List

Number 4 on their Top Ten list!
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School Library Journal's...
"The Best Books of 2006" List!

American Booksellers Association 
"Book Sense Winter Children's Picks
"There are several examples in the book which stand alone as essays to be read and re-read, but the book itself is a treasure which won't stay on the shelf very long." -- The Courier-Gazette, Rockland, Maine

A Fall Junior Library Guild Selection!
Eight years in the making...  I teamed up with wildlife artist, and friend, Michael DiGiorgio for this project.  The book covers 72 species of crickets and katydids found in eastern North America from Canada to Delaware (most are also found south to Florida).  DiGiorgio created the plates; I provided the words, and we both captured the recordings of their calls for the accompanying CD (narrated by Kate Davis).
Starred Review in Publishers Weekly! *click to read*
School Library Journal's Review!
 *click to read*
Wall Street Journal Review!
 *click to read*
"Where the ocean laps up against 
   the beach, there is a community 
   of diverse sea creatures that live together, 
   from the sea star hunting for clams to the 
   moon snail laying its eggs in the sand.

John Himmelman's beautiful watercolor 
   paintings illustrate the delicate balance that 
   exists at the seashore." (from the jacket)

More here.
A Daddy Longlegs Isn't a Spider
    Written by Melissa Stewart
    Illustrated by John Himmelman
    Windward Publishing

    Autumn 2009
Farmer Greenstalk and his family have the darnedest luck.  Broken-down tractors, kites stuck in trees--they're always having problems!  It's a good thing they have such helpful farm animals on hand.

This time around, the pigs want to pitch in, and, boy, do they ever!  The Greenstalks soon find, though, that life might just be a little easier without their help.

A Junior Library Guild Selection!

Published by Henry Holt
“Written with a minimum of fuss and illustrated with comic delight, this picture book from the To the Rescue series offers plenty of laughs for the read-aloud crowd.”Booklist

“Himmelman’s expressively comedic illustrations keep it as funny as ever.” 
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Okay, let's start with this nitty gritty stuff:
And now lots of things with pictures...
Autumn 2010

One little hot dog sitting on a chair..."I want a friend to sit with me!" Two little hot dogs sitting on a chair...

10 Little Hot Dogs

One by one, more little hot dogs join the group until there are ten little hot dogs on the chair. They play and play until...they all fall asleep. But then, one little hot dog wakes up, and one by one, guess what the other hot dogs do? Humorous illustrations rendered in watercolor and pencil and a playful narrative make it easy for young readers to count these hopping hot dogs from one to ten and down again from ten to one.
"This book will work well as a read-aloud with small groups, though the engaging puppies will encourage closer examination." - School Library Journal
Here's a clip from Weston Woods studio's animated adaptation of Katie Loves the Kittens (published by Henry Holt)! I'm thrilled with the job they did with it. Please bear in mind that the video quality takes a beating when reformatted for You Tube. It is narrated and voiced by my daughter Elizabeth (Lizzie) Himmelman, who is studying theater at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Katie, a little dog, is so excited when Sara Ann brings home three little kittens that she can't stop herself from howling and trying to run after them. But her enthusiasm frightens the kitties, and she's sad when they run away from her. Don't they know that she just wants to play? Music by Robert Kessler. Directed by Karen Villarreal. Includes bonus interview with John Himmelman. 

Order here.
March 2011
   Tuning In the Nightsinging Insects
    Harvard University Press
My first book on crickets and katydids (Guide to Night-Singing Insects of the Northeast) is a field guide - the "how" with regard to getting to know these insects.  This book is the "why", as in "why should we?", and explores why these insects sing, and how their songs enrich our lives.

Cricket Radio is accompanied by recordings I made of crickets and katydids in their natural setting.  They are available at this website.

Harvard also put together a fun "teaser" site here.

This book is filled with color photos covering most of the families of the Ensifera (crickets and katydids) and is sprinkled with my line drawings.  

Visit "Cricket Radio Broadcast" for more of a description of this book, and info on ordering it.
Okay, now this is cool... A friend pointed me this YouTube video of a boy named Grant Kraus doing 10 Little Hot Dogs in ASL (sign language)! 
Okay, you knew this one was coming, right...?
"It's the day of the county fair!

Three-legged races, a “Smartest Pig” contest, the Ferris wheel—what could be more fun? But the Greenstalks’ car won’t start, so they’ll need some help getting there. . . .

Cows to the Rescue is the fabulous new book in John Himmelman’s hilarious barnyard saga. It follows Chickens to the Rescue and Pigs to the Rescue, bringing back the fun with brand new mishaps and brand moo—er, new—problem-solvers."

Hits the shelves September 2011
Interior art previews & purchase info: Henry Holt & Co.

“Himmelman’s illustrations are such an artful eyeful—snappily colored and gloriously comic —that it is easy to overlook the pleasure of the simple text, a little motor that in many ways drives the whole production forward.” --Kirkus Reviews
"The pencil and watercolor illustrations are packed with plenty of personality and have enough detail to keep kids turning the pages to learn the outcome. Children will, of course, pipe up with the refrain 'Cows to the Rescue!' in group readings and during lapsits, and the mad antics of these friendly and very game rescuers will delight them.” --School Library Journal
Spring 2013
Dawn Publications

"There’s a lot going on out there, and this book is a wonderful bridge to a whole noisy, busy world of insects. Learn who is making what sound, and why. In this book the reader is treated to scientifically accurate, up-close depictions of some very cool bugs. It explains why the bugs make the sounds they do, and how they do it—and it’s not with their voices!"

Lots more info at the publisher's website.

Spring 2013

  I got a call from Editor Jessica Haberman at Falcon Press and she asked me if I'd be interested in writing and illustrating a book about critters many would consider to possess a high gross-out factor. I jumped on the opportunity! A day spent painting maggots and dung beetles is a day like no other!
"A surefire hit with young backyard diggers and bug-watchers, Basic Illustrated Guide to Frogs, Snakes, Bugs, and Slugs combines detailed illustrations of bugs, slugs, snakes, toads, and other creepy crawlies with clear and kid-friendly information to help the young bug-lover identify what’s crawling up the tree, buzzing in his ear, or hiding under a log."

Katie's back....

Katie is surprised when Ruby, the new puppy next door, comes for a visit. Ruby runs right into Katie’s house and starts playing—with Katie’s favorite things! She even eats Katie’s food! Katie thinks this is terrible, and she he chases Ruby away. But Sara Ann is disappointed. She wants Katie to share. She says sharing is fun.  But Katie has her doubts about that!

Published by Henry Holt
Spring 2013
More info here
Recipient of the MOM'S CHOICE AWARD
Autumn 2013

Noisy Frog Sing-Along 
(Dawn Publications)

Frogs make all kinds of weird and wonderful sounds! Allow yourself, and your children, to be beguiled by these amazing amphibians - and be sure to sing along!

Pair it up with the multiple award-winning "Noisy Bug Sing-Along"!

  The Greenstalks have the cleverest animals around.

  When something goes wrong on the farm, someone is always ready to jump in, and this time Ernie the duck is determined to help out. But no matter how hard he tries, nothing goes quite right. It takes the clever trick of a kind little lamb for Ernie to finally get his chance to come to the rescue! to add text.
From Publishers Weekly: Given all the disasters that befall the Greenstalk farm, it’s a wonder that it’s still in business. In the fourth book in the series that began with Chickens to the Rescue, it’s Ernie the duck’s turn to “help out.” So when the pumpkins must get to market on Monday, duck leaps into the driver’s seat of the vintage pickup truck (“I guess we can turn them into pumpkin pie,” says Farmer Greenstalk of the aftermath). Duck’s attempts to retrieve a calf from the rafters of the barn, babysit chickens, and serve as a scarecrow are equally fraught with disaster—and just as certain to have kids laughing through a week’s worth of barnyard chaos. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)
From Kirkus Reviews: Now that the pigs, the chickens and the cows at Greenstalk’s farm have made merry mayhem (Cows to the Rescue, 2011, etc.), it’s the duck’s turn.

In this fourth episode of barnyard slapstick from Himmelman, Ernie the duck tries to solve various problems that beset the Greenstalk farm and in the process makes a delightful hash out of things. He crashes a truck full of pumpkins that are late for the market, has to be rescued himself from the rafters by the calf he has climbed up to save, gets tied up like Gulliver when he babysits the chicks and throws a great shadow-monster against the wall when he switches on the flashlight to comfort a frightened Emily. Ernie’s animal friends feel his pain, and a lamb finds a way to restore his confidence. Himmelman’s watercolors are sure, whether depicting the brewing crisis or Ernie’s inevitable mortification. The artwork also has a comedic clarity that lifts the simple text, enlivening its deadpan humor: “I guess we can turn them into pumpkin pie,” says the farmer, pumpkin shell on head and pumpkin guts oozing everywhere. As in the earlier books, there is a hooting refrain—“Duck to the rescue!”—which will make for a raucous read-aloud.

This well-intentioned duck has a heart of gold to go with his lead foot and ham fist—er, wing. (Picture book. 4-8)
October 2014 (Holt)

Introducing Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny! She is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school, and she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else! But she never hurts another creature . . . unless she has to.

This series of brief stories about Isabel's adventures are a beguiling combination of child-friendly scenarios and Eastern wisdom perfect for the youngest readers.

From the author: I co-run a martial arts school - Green Hill Martial Arts and this was inspired by some of our students, including the key character, Isabel.
Praise for Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny:

"Spare ink illustrations appear on every page, skillfully balancing humor, bunjitsu action, and understated grace. Like Isabel herself, this one’s a winner in unexpected ways." - Publishers Weekly

"Himmelman simplifies his picture-book style with calligraphic black lines and delivers a series of Zen lessons touched with gentle humor." - Kirkus Reviews

"Himmelman tells delightful short stories about a little bunny named Isabel, who is mighty in spirit . . . makes for a good read-aloud." - School Library Journal

Winter 2014

Noisy Bird Sing-Along 
(Dawn Publications)

Every kind of bird has their very own kind of sound! Cheerful sounds, mournful sounds, sweet sounds, weird sounds. You can tell who they are without even opening your eyes. And what fun to sing along!

Pair it up with the multiple award-winning "Noisy Bug Sing-Along"and  "Noisy Sing-Along".
Click photo on left for 
Fox News piece on Bunjitsu Bunny 
and my 
martial arts school!
Fall 2015

Bunjitsu Bunny is BACK in Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move (Holt)!

She's being called "Everyone's favorite Zen bunny." Isabel is the best bunjitsu artist in her class. She can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anybunny else. But her strongest weapon is her mind.

12 more adventures await in this Junior Library Guild Selection...
Out in October 2016 at a bookstore 
and library near you! Henry Holt Publishers.
Tried my hand at making a short promo video.
Bunjitsu Bunny is back in a 3rd book - a collection of 12 tales of this wise, and formidable, little rabbit! Does she really jump TO THE MOON? (I wouldn't put it past her...)
Published by Dawn Publications.

Read it here.

​"This simple, interactive book about the appearances and movements of things that creep and crawl is elevated by its insistence that all creatures deserve to be respected and handled with care."
   Beetles fly, frogs hop, and slugs slide over the pages of this book, made to be read by a child while lying on the grass. Children interact with the book, with a tip, tap, and turn of the book, moving the critters along. The critters even interact with each other in surprising ways. John Himmelman brings together his expertise as both a naturalist and an artist to encourage children to explore nature in their own backyard.
A peek inside:
I did the illustrations for this one - it's really a fun book!

Wait Till it Gets Dark (Globe Pequot/Muddy Boots - October 2017)
Anita Sanchez & George Steele
Illustrated by John Himmelman

It’s night. It’s dark. It’s time to go indoors—or is it? The outdoors at night can be a scary place, but this book will help young readers investigate the mysterious nature of night. 
Floaty (Henry Holt & Co)

Blah! Mr. Raisin is a bit of a grump. He lives all alone in a little house, and he likes it that way just fine.

One day, a mysterious basket appears on Mr. Raisin’s doorstep. When he opens it up, it seems there’s nothing inside . . . until he notices a floating dog bobbing along his ceiling.

What follows is a heartwarming, hilarious tale about embracing the unexpected—and finding friendship that takes you to new heights.

Whoa! Nice review in Publishers Weekly!
Box Turtle (Muddy Boots)

A box turtle is born in 1892 amongst now-extinct Passenger Pigeons and horse and buggys. As the years go by, her woods, her home, shrinks smaller and smaller as she bears silent witness to the changes that come with time. Houses appear, she catches moths by a new streetlight in 1909, a bi-plane flies overhead in the 30's, she's someone's pet in the 40's - is released and years later sees the boy again as an old man... 

2018 - she's still with us. And things actually turned out okay.

The Giant from the Fire Sea (June 2019, Holt)

So, I wrote a middlegrade fantasy novel! My son Jeff Himmelman, an illustrator and art director did the art.

Here's the jacket blurb:

Jat is a boy who wants more from life than collecting coal from the Fire Sea.

Newton is a misfit giant, cast out of his homeland for his love of science and reading.

Brought together by chance, the two become the best of friends. But when enemy giants threaten to ruin everything, it's up to Jat and Newton to defend Jat’s village, leading to the journey of a lifetime.
It's a Junior Library Guild Selection!!!
Chapter title illustration by Jeff
Now in 
Here's a teaser book trailer for Albert Hopper, Science Hero: Worming to the Center of the Earth! 

Now on the shelves!
"A ribbet-tickling roundabout for armchair astronauts and Magic School Bus grads." ―Kirkus Reviews
In John Himmelman's early chapter book series, Albert Hopper is a frog―and a science hero! He seeks to explore the world and beyond, generating laughs and imparting STEM wisdom as he goes.

Science Hero Albert Hopper and trusty Junior Science Heroes Polly and Tad are ready for their next adventure. This time, they're blasting through the solar system!

As the heroes float through the sulphuric acid clouds of Venus, dodge the solar flares of the sun, and weather the space storms of Jupiter, their science smarts are put to the test. Anything can happen on this hilarious ride in Albert Hopper, Science Hero: Blasting Through the Solar System.
A Junior Library Guild Selection!
A Junior Library 
Guild Selection!
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