Reviews and Awards (I+B)

ib_reviewsAwards for Ivy + Bean

An ALA Notable Children’s Book

A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year

A Common Sense Media “50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12”

Book Links, Best New Books for the Classroom, 2006

New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2006

New York Times best-selling series

Reviews of Ivy + Bean

“Only a stooge couldn’t love Ivy and Bean.”

Kirkus Reviews

“One of the funniest young chapter book series around.”

The Horn Book

“Annie Barrows accomplishes the almost impossible task of reflecting the world of second grader, creating the tension and drama of family and friendships in language that can be read easily by child who recently graduated from easy readers to early chapter books.”

Lisa Von Drasek,Children’s Librarian, Bank Street College of Education


“Portrayed with clear-eyed affection and humor, Ivy and Bean are irresistible. Readers will look forward to the next installment of this series that celebrates the joys and thrills of friendship, unrestricted play and unfettered imagination.”

Kirkus Reviews(starred review), August 2008


“ . . . defies expectations of what an early chapter book can be. . . . Barrows keeps the language simple and clear without sacrificing wit and subtlety.”

School Library Journal,February 2007


“Barrows’s debut children’s book energetically kicks off a series about two seemingly unlikely pals, just right for kids moving on from beginning readers. . . ”

Publishers Weekly,(starred review) May 2006