"Maier’s girl-power-meets-classicfolktalestory line is engaging

and entertaining."

​          The Horn Book

RUBY RETURNS IN THIS MODERN RETELLING OF THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF.  WHEN HER BROTHERS TELL HER SHE'S TOO LITTLE TO CROSS THE CREEK, RUBY IS DETERMINED TO GO ANYWAY. UNFORTUNATELY, THE BRIDGE IS BLOCKED BY A BULLY DEMANDING TREATS. ILLUSTRATED BY SONIA SANCHEZ.

(SCHOLASTIC PRESS)

"...makers of all genders will be inspired by Ruby."

             - *Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. 

"...a farmyard story laden with egg-cellent puns"

          Kirkus 


"...a buoyant spring story"

         Publisher's Weekly





"A lively picture book that's fun to read aloud." 

             - Booklist

Brenda Maier, Children's Author


*Selected as a Bank Street College of Education Best  Book of the Year 2022

*2022 Oklahoma Redbud Read-Aloud Masterlist

*2022 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist

*2022 Leaping Lizards Reading List, Cypress-     Fairbanks ISD, Houston, TX

"Readers will happily discover that trip-trapping to friendship and cooperation is indeed a pie-worthy prize." 

                -Kirkus   


"...a worthwile refresh of a classic with a slight Latinx twist." 

                 -Booklist



the first two chicks have hatched, but the third egg is in no hurry to get cracking. the impatient chicks resort to some creative problem solving to get their sibling to come out, but nothing works. Then they discover something that can not only coax the chick out, but bring the whole family together.

illustrated by Zoe Waring


RELEASE DATE: February 5, 2019   


*2020 Oklahoma Redbud Read-Aloud Masterlist

 ​In this retelling of the little red hen, ruby wants to build a fort, but her brothers refuse to help her. When the boys see the finished product, they really want to play in it, but it's too late to do anything about it. Or is it?  



*Sunshine State Young Readers Award Junior List '19-'20

*2019 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist

*2019 Redbud Read-Aloud Masterlist

*2019 TX 2x2 Recommended Reading List

*2019-2020 TN State Book Award Nominee 

*A Chicago Public Library Best Picture Book of the Year