Elizabeth Winthrop Books In Order

Castle in the Attic Books In Order

  1. The Castle in the Attic (1985)
  2. The Battle for the Castle (1993)


  1. Walking Away (1973)
  2. A Little demonstration of Affection (1975)
  3. Knock, Knock, Who’s There (1978)
  4. Marathon Miranda (1979)
  5. Miranda in the Middle (1980)
  6. In My Mother’s House (1988)
  7. The Best Friends Club (1989)
  8. Luke’s Bully (1990)
  9. Island Justice (1998)
  10. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (2001)
  11. The Red-Hot Rattoons (2003)
  12. Counting on Grace (2006)

Picture Books

  1. Bunk Beds (1972)
  2. Potbellied Possums (1977)
  3. That’s Mine (1977)
  4. Are You Sad, Mama? (1979)
  5. Journey to the Bright Kingdom (1979)
  6. I Think He Likes Me (1980)
  7. Strawberry Shortcake and the Big Balloon Race (1983)
  8. A Child Is Born (1983)
  9. Sloppy Kisses (1984)
  10. The Shoelace Box (1984)
  11. Being Brave Is Best (1984)
  12. The Christmas Pageant (1984)
  13. Grover Sleeps Over (1984)
  14. He Is Risen (1985)
  15. Happy Easter Mother Duck (1985)
  16. My First Book of the Planets (1985)
  17. Lizzie and Harold (1986)
  18. Shoes (1986)
  19. The Story of the Nativity (1986)
  20. Maggie and the Monster (1987)
  21. Tough Eddie (1988)
  22. Bear and Mrs. Duck (1988)
  23. Sledding (1989)
  24. Katharine’s Doll (1991)
  25. Vasilissa the Beautiful (1991)
  26. A Very Noisy Girl (1991)
  27. Bear’s Christmas Surprise (1991)
  28. Asleep in a Heap (1993)
  29. I’m the Boss! (1994)
  30. Squashed in the Middle (1995)
  31. Bear and Roly-Poly (1996)
  32. Dumpy La Rue (2000)
  33. Promises (2000)
  34. The Little Humpbacked Horse (2001)
  35. As the Crow Flies (2001)
  36. Halloween Hats (2002)
  37. Dog Show (2004)
  38. The Biggest Parade (2006)
  39. The First Christmas Stocking (2006)
  40. Maia and the Monster Baby (2012)
  41. Lucy and Henry Are Twins (2015)

Chapter Books

  1. Belinda’s Hurricane (1984)

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Elizabeth Winthrop Books Overview

The Castle in the Attic

One of the classic fantastical adventures of all time!William has just received the best present of his life an old, real looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, a moat, and a fingerhigh knight to guard the gates. It’s the mysterious castle his housekeeper has told him about, and even though William is sad she s leaving, now the castle is his! William can t wait to play with the castle he s certain there s something magical about it. And sure enough, when he picks up the tiny silver knight, it comes alive in his hand! Sir Simon tells William a mighty story of wild sorcery, wizards, and magic. And suddenly William is off on a fantastic quest to another land and another time where a fiery dragon and an evil wizard are waiting to do battle…
. An IRA CBC Children s ChoiceA California Young Reader Medal WinnerA Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children s Book Award Winner

The Battle for the Castle

The adventure continues in this exciting companion to The Castle in the Attic. As William turns twelve, he wonders if Jason is still his best friend. In the past year, Jason has grown a foot taller, while William is still a shrimp. When Jason challenges William to jump the trains, William is terrified. How else can he prove himself to Jason? William gets his answer when his former housekeeper sends him a magic token that once again transports him to Sir Simon’s castle in the Middle Ages, this time with Jason. There the two friends face a dangerous army of rats and their gigantic leader. Once before, William was a hero in Sir Simon s day. Now it s up to William to destroy the rats and save the kingdom in the final battle for the castle. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Little demonstration of Affection

Jenny and her brother Charlie hardly ever spoke to each other until the summer they discovered that they could be friends.

Miranda in the Middle

Miranda finds herself on the spot with her best friend and also with a new friend she meets while running. Sequel to Marathon Miranda.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

In his first inaugural address, Franklin Delano Roosevelt tells the American people that the only thing they have to fear is fear itself. Emma Bortoletti, the 12 year old daughter of Italian immigrants, already knows a lot about fear. The Great Depression has hit her western Massachusetts mill town very hard, and the president’s bold new programs might be making things even worse. FDR addresses her worries and reveals many of his own in an ongoing correspondence that illuminates his and her abiding faith in America.

The Red-Hot Rattoons

A rollicking adventure about five tap dancing country rats who come to the Big City to seek fame, with drawings by Betsy LewinArmed with a boom box, a stage wardrobe, and a tube of city maps, five tap dancing country rats, who call themselves the Rattoons, set off to seek their fame in Rat Hollow the rat community that pulses with a life all its own beneath the streets of New York City. But when Rat Hollow turns its back on them, the Rattoons break the law and take their act aboveground to dance for humans in front of the Metropolitan Museum, only to find that danger assails them from every direction. So the Rattoons turn to Oliver String Bean Bailey, the legendary human impresario who knows rat speak. Will he help them achieve their dancing dream? A rollicking fun filled adventure, The Red Hot Rattoons tells the story of a band of lovable characters whose loyalty to one another proves more important than fame and glory.

Counting on Grace

BONUS FEATURE: Exclusive author interview and a profile of Lewis Hine!1910. Pownal, Vermont. At 12, Grace and her best friend Arthur must leave school and go to work as a doffers on their mothers looms in the mill. Grace’s mother is the best worker, fast and powerful, and Grace desperately wants to help her. But she s left handed and doffing is a right handed job. Grace s every mistake costs her mother, and the family. She only feels capable on Sundays, when she and Arthur receive special lessons from their teacher. Together they write a secret letter to the Child Labor Board about underage children working in Pownal. A few weeks later a man with a camera shows up. It is the famous reformer Lewis Hine, undercover, collecting evidence for the Child Labor Board. Grace s brief acquaintance with Hine and the photos he takes of her are a gift that changes her sense of herself, her future, and her family s future.

Bunk Beds

Bunk Beds become a ship, a house, and a car to a brother and sister playing at bedtime.

Strawberry Shortcake and the Big Balloon Race

While the kids from Strawberryland celebrate the first harvest of the summer with a hot air balloon rally, the Purple Pieman tries to steal their crops.

Being Brave Is Best

Afraid to go to the hospital to have her tonsils out, Jenny is helped get over her fear by Cheer Bear and his friend.

Grover Sleeps Over

Hardcover, Western Pub. Co. in conjunction with Children’s Television Workshop

He Is Risen

An adaptation of the Bible story of Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Happy Easter Mother Duck

When one of her eggs is taken to be used in the Easter egg hunt, Mother Duck waddles off to the rescue.


Here are Shoes to skate in, Shoes to skip in, Shoes to turn a double flip in…
all worn by four tousle headed active young children. Illustrations keep all the action with the skippers, divers, and doers. Story hour groups will be checking out each other’s footwear after hearing this rollicking rhyming paean to Shoes. SLJ.

A Reading Rainbow Selection
Children’s Books of 1986 Library of Congress

Maggie and the Monster

Every night a monster comes into Maggie’s room. The monster crashes into the furniture with her big hairy feet, knocks books off the shelf, and sits in the chair and grumbles to herself. Maggie doesn t know what to do until her mother suggests that maybe the monster is looking for something. So Maggie asks the monster, and it turns out she s looking for her mother. Together, they carry on the search until the monster finds her mother and Maggie finally gets a good night s sleep! With a lighthearted spirit and a clever mystery element, Maggie and the Monster is a wonderful collaboration between two award winning talents. Readers will be thrilled to see this charming bedtime tale back in print.

Tough Eddie

After proving to his classmates that he is tough, Eddie is no longer afraid to share his favorite toy a dollhouse with them. Illustrations.

Vasilissa the Beautiful

Mistreated by her cruel stepmother and jealous stepsisters, Vasilissa has only her little doll to comfort and protect her. But fierce powers await Vasilissa deep in the forest lives an old witch named Baba Yaga. ‘Winthrop’s supple, unobstrusive retelling is lively with entertaining incident.’ Kirkus Reviews, pointered review. Full color.

Bear’s Christmas Surprise

It’s one week before Christmas! When Nora leaves Bear home with Mrs. Duck so that she can do some last minute shopping, he promises not to hunt for presents. Bear tries to be good, but he happens upon his gifts during a game of hide and seek. All Bear wants is a train, but none of the boxes seems the right shape. Soon Bear begins shaking and snooping, poking and peeking at his presents. Now Bear is worried. Won’t Nora be sad that he broke his promise! What will happen on Christmas morning?

Squashed in the Middle

‘I’m going to spend the night at Rosa’s house,’ said Daisy. But nobody heard her. Being a middle child isn’t easyNobody ever listens to Daisy. Her father was chopping carrots. Her mother was talking on the phone. Her big sister was chasing her little brother around and around the kitchen table. So it was no surprise that no one heard where Daisy went, even though she told them. With humorous text and striking, bold illustrations, this book captures the frustration of a middle child trying to be heard over the noise of a well meaning family.

Bear and Roly-Poly

Bear is happily surprised to learn that Roly Poly, his baby sister, likes to have him give her attention and even sing her to sleep.

Dumpy La Rue

Everyone told Dumpy La Rue that pigs don’t dance. But Dumpy knew better. He closed his eyes and twirled to the tune inside his head. The whole barnyard gathered around, and soon hooves were stomping, wings were flapping, and feet were stamping out a beat.

Elizabeth Winthrop’s romping, rhyming story and Betsy Lewin’s exuberant illustrations will have readers tapping their toes, jumping for joy, and dancing a jig with this passionate pig.


At the opening of this moving and ultimately hopeful story, Sarah’s mother is ill. During her treatment she seems to get sicker and sicker. She’s often in the hospital, and at home she needs to rest. Sarah’s world is turned upside down. After a long time, her mother starts feeling better. But Sarah still has one more difficult discovery to make: Her mom can’t promise that she’ll never get sick again. She can make other Promises, though, and those special Promises are enough for now. Warm, graceful watercolors add a light touch to this life affirming picture book, perfect for any child whose family is touched by serious illness.

The Little Humpbacked Horse

A young peasant, with the help of his faithful and magical humpbacked horse, captures magical beasts, marries the beautiful Tsarevna and becomes the Tsar of Russia.

As the Crow Flies

In this reassuring father son story, Michael’s Dad lives seven states away from Michael As the Crow Flies. That seems far to Michael, even though his dad says it’s only two seconds as the heart beats. When Michael’s dad comes to visit, the two have a great time together and too soon the visit is over.

Halloween Hats

Its Halloween night and the street is filled with every sort of character imaginable. But where are they going?Come join the bats, witches, ghosts, and goblins as they march down the street to a great big Halloween party. Full of fun and surprises, the bouncy rhythm and exuberant pictures will make readers want to pick up a hat and try something new.

Dog Show

When Harvey heard about the Dog Show, he was very excited. Fred was not. Harvey planned for months. Fred hoped it would never come. This man’s best friend knows what’s best for his owner Harvey entered Fred in every class short dogs, dogs with spots, droopy eared dogs, and more. By the end of the show, Harvey was miserable, they didn’t even come close to winning in any of the categories, and Fred was so tired his tongue was hanging out. Still, Fred loved Harvey and wanted him to be happy, so he dragged him before the judges for the last event. Fred knew they would win this one…
The illustrations have an attitude all their own both playfully aloof and alive with color which perfectly complements the droll text to create a book that will have young readers laughing out loud with delight.

The Biggest Parade

A perfect book for any holiday with a parade Harvey was excited when the mayor appointed him parade chairman. He loved parades. Fred did not.
Fred doesn t want to be in the parade not in the beginning, not in the middle,and not in the end. Not on the baseball float, and certainly not dressed as thefounding dog of Bonesport. But Fred loves Harvey, so he wants to make himhappy. And even though Fred isn t in The Biggest Parade Bonesport has ever seen,he’s proud to play the most important role!

The First Christmas Stocking

‘Dream your dreams, my child, and knit them into the wool.’A long time ago a girl named Claire learned to knit by her mother’s side. As the mother knit mittens, scarves and all sorts of clothing for the wealthy people of the town, Claire set about knitting stockings to keep her toes warm. Claire, her mother and father, you see, were poor. They lived in a stone hut, with little wood to burn and meagre food to eat. So Claire knit stockings and with Christmas approaching heeded her mother’s words to knit her Christmas dreams into the wool. Soon Claire became known as the stocking girl with many orders for stockings to fill. One such order ensured her a handsome payment. Enough to fill her family’s hut with light and food. But as she trudged through the snow to deliver the stockings on Christmas Eve, Claire was stirred to share her knitted dreams with someone truly in need. From the Hardcover edition.

Belinda’s Hurricane

While waiting out a fierce hurricane in her grandmother’s house on Fox Island, Belinda has a chance to get to know her grandmother’s reclusive neighbor Mr. Fletcher.

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