Books by Ian Lendler

* "Lovely art comes with unusual perspectives on familiar tales about lions, mice, and trickster foxes." —Kirkus, STARRED review

"Many children are familiar with Aesop’s fables, but it is a fair bet that few know much about the storyteller himself.... Pamela Zagarenski’s luminous, slightly distempered artwork brings richness and delicacy to this beautiful volume."—Wall Street Journal

"Zagarenski’s fantastical illustrations, rendered in blues and golden tones, are full of charming incongruities finely detailed." —Publishers Weekly

Pub Date: 
March 10, 2020

The Tortoise and the Hare.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
The Fox and the Crow.

Each of Aesop’s stories has a lesson to tell, but Aesop’s life story is perhaps the most inspiring tale of them all.

How Science Solved the Greatest Mystery on Earth

"An outstanding case study in how science is actually done: funny, nuanced, and perceptive.", Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Pub Date: 
October 8, 2019

–Kirkus Best of 2019
–Junior Library Guild Selection
–NSTA Best of 2019
–Cybil Award for Best Middle-Grade Non-Fiction
–SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Award
–ALA Orbus Pictus Recommende Title

Pub Date: 
September 3, 2018

"A laugh-out-loud tale of a most unlikely friendship, delivered in a fresh and clever format. Witty, endearing, and absolutely, positively charming."
Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan

The Story of You, The Universe, and Everything

"In a style evocative of a documentary film, Paroline and Lamb’s silkscreenlike artwork in quiet earth tones portrays the progression of creatures from simple to complex...Spirited debates are sure to follow."Publishers Weekly starred review

"It’s rare (if not unique) to see subject matter like this offered to this age group, but One Day a Dot is a gentle invitation into a much wider and deeper universe that will prove wonderfully satisfying even as it sparks an infinite array of questions about the nature of humanity itself. "Booklist starred review

Pub Date: 
April 17, 2018

One Day a Dot explores the age-old question: Where did we come from? Where did everything come from?

The Tiny Prince Who Became Buddha
Pub Date: 
January 23, 2018

Siddhartha is a spoiled young prince that gets everything he ever asks for, until he asks for what can’t be given– happiness. Join him as he sets off on a journey of discovery and encounters mysterious wise-folk, terrifying tigers, and one very annoying mouse.

Pub Date: 
September 19, 2016

From Ian Lendler (that's me!) and the international best-selling, award-winning, totally awesome illustrator, Serge Bloch, comes...


The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet

“Splendidly approachable—and adeptly not watered-down—for younger readers…Bravo! Where so many earnest Shakespeare adaptations flop, this series bids fair to light genuine enthusiasm in young readers.”
–Kirkus Review

"If you want Shakespeare introduced in an engaging way, this is your dude."
–Gene Luen Yang (author of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints; National Ambassador for Young People's Literature)

Pub Date: 
September 29, 2015

• Texas Librarian's Little Mavericks Award
• Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2016
• Maine Librarian Book Award

The Stratford Zoo: Macbeth
Illustrated by Zack Giallongo

“There was blood and dead bodies everywhere. Delicious!”
–Roger the Vulture

“I’d give it two thumbs up, but my mom told me the other kids are getting jealous of my opposable thumbs.”
–Agnes the Monkey

“I was promised heroes and swordfights and all I got was an examination of the tragic flaws of human nature. Boooo!”
–Dylan the Monkey

Pub Date: 
September 30, 2014

• New York Public Library Top 100 Children’s Books 2014
• Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee, Maryland Public Library
• Top 50 Elementary Books 2015, Utah Librarian Association
• Maine Librarian Book Award

Illustrated by Whitney Martin
Pub Date: 
October 1, 2005

Top 10 Picture Books of 2005, US News and World Report

Now, Ned and I admire how well you read. But the story will be ruined if you turn the page right now.

So please don't.

A Collection of Useful and Useless Information As It Relates to the History and Consumption of All Manner of Booze
Pub Date: 
September 27, 2005

Finally, there’s a book that’s almost as much fun as having a couple of drinks. Alcoholica Esoterica presents the history and culture of booze as told by a writer with a knack for distilling all the boring bits into the most interesting facts and hilarious tales.