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Stephanie Calmenson

Author of The Principal's New Clothes

141+ Works 11,378 Members 144 Reviews

About the Author

Stephanie Calmenson, a former early childhood teacher, children's book editor, and Editorial Director of Parents Magazine's Read-Aloud Book Club, is the award-winning author of over 100 children's books. Her work has been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical" (School Library Journal), show more "hilarious" (School Library Journal), "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (Booklist) and includes such favorite books as Dinner at The Panda Palace, A PBS Storytime Book; The Principal's New Clothes and The Frog Principal (winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal); Late for School!; and Ollie's School Day (a Children's Book-of-The- Month-Club selection). About dogs, she has written May I Pet Your Dog? The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids), (a Horn Book Fanfare Book and ALA Children's Video Award Winner); Rosie a Visiting Dog's Story (featured in The New York Times) and, with long-time collaborator Joanna Cole (Creator of The Magic School Bus series) the Ready, Set, Dogs! series, starting with No Dogs Allowed!, Teacher's Pets and Hot Diggity Dogs! (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Stephanie Calmenson

The Principal's New Clothes (1989) 783 copies, 10 reviews
It Begins with an A (1993) 635 copies, 3 reviews
Roller Skates! (1992) 583 copies, 1 review
Engine, Engine, Number Nine (1997) 508 copies, 3 reviews
Six Sick Sheep: 101 Tongue Twisters (1993) 444 copies, 3 reviews
My Dog's the Best! (1997) 413 copies
The Teeny Tiny Teacher (1998) 392 copies, 13 reviews
Ready, Set, Read!: The Beginning Reader's Treasury (1990) — Editor — 309 copies, 3 reviews
Bunny's New Shoes (1987) 219 copies, 1 review
101 Silly Summertime Jokes (1989) 202 copies, 1 review
The Frog Principal (2001) 200 copies, 4 reviews
Rosie: A Visiting Dog's Story (1993) 157 copies, 4 reviews
The Gator Girls (1995) 152 copies, 2 reviews
Where Will the Animals Stay? (1983) 136 copies, 1 review
My Book of the Seasons (1982) 127 copies
101 Funny Bunny Jokes (1990) 94 copies, 1 review
The Read-Aloud Treasury (1988) 82 copies, 3 reviews
Kinderkittens Show-and-Tell (1994) 75 copies
Hotter Than a Hot Dog! (1994) 71 copies, 2 reviews
No Dogs Allowed (Ready, Set, Dogs!) (2013) 68 copies, 2 reviews
Tigers Bedtime Super Shape Bk (Look-Look) (1987) 67 copies, 1 review
The Little Witch Sisters (1989) 66 copies, 1 review
My Summer Vacation Book (1997) 60 copies, 1 review
Shaggy, Waggy Dogs (And Others) (1998) 58 copies, 1 review
Late for School! (2008) 57 copies, 4 reviews
The Laugh Book: A New Treasury of Humor for Children (1986) — Editor — 56 copies, 1 review
Jazzmatazz! (2008) 47 copies, 5 reviews
Waggleby of Fraggle Rock (1985) 37 copies
The Addams Family (Digest) (1991) 37 copies
Our Principal Is a Frog! (QUIX) (2018) 36 copies, 2 reviews
Ollie's School Day: A Yes-and-no Story (2012) 35 copies, 4 reviews
Oopsy, Teacher! (Carolrhoda Picture Books) (2012) 30 copies, 3 reviews
The Toy Book (Golden Super Shape Book) (1987) 29 copies, 1 review
Perfect Puppy (2001) 28 copies, 6 reviews
Teacher's Pets (Ready, Set, Dogs!) (2014) 27 copies, 1 review
Fido (Hello Reader) (1987) 25 copies
Look! Flowers! (2016) 24 copies
Welcome, Baby!: Baby Rhymes for Baby Times (2002) 23 copies, 4 reviews
Get Well, Gators! (Gator Girls) (1998) 22 copies, 1 review
My Summer Camp Diary (1995) 21 copies
Hot Diggity Dogs (Ready, Set, Dogs!) (2015) 18 copies, 1 review
Race to Danger (1993) 18 copies
Rolling Along (1995) 17 copies
Look! Birds! (2016) 16 copies, 1 review
Zip, Whiz, Zoom! (1992) 16 copies
Where Is Grandma Rabbit? (1800) 15 copies, 1 review
No Honking Allowed (2017) 14 copies, 1 review
Sesame Street ABC (1986) 13 copies
Birthday at the Panda Palace (2007) 12 copies, 1 review
Tons of Fun (1996) 10 copies
Look! Fish! (2016) 9 copies
The Kindergarten Book (1983) 8 copies
Mouse House (1983) 7 copies
Tom and Jerry the Movie (1993) 7 copies
Look! Bugs! (2018) 6 copies
Engine Engine No 9 1 copy, 1 review
Kijk! Vogels! (2019) 1 copy
Tigre va a dormir (1990) 1 copy
Tigre se'n va a dormir (1990) 1 copy

Associated Works

Here Come the Holidays! Stories and Poems (2005) — Contributor — 383 copies, 2 reviews
Spooky Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night (1945) — Contributor — 38 copies, 1 review


ABC (62) alphabet (132) animals (202) big book (33) children (119) children's (155) children's literature (37) Christmas (35) counting (79) Disney (42) dogs (76) fairy tales (41) family (34) fantasy (38) fiction (280) fingerplays (33) friendship (38) games (46) humor (73) jokes (60) kids (48) Little Golden Book (56) math (51) music (37) non-fiction (75) numbers (37) pets (63) picture book (275) poems (40) poetry (130) rabbits (37) restaurants (33) rhyme (65) rhymes (75) rhyming (121) riddles (114) school (190) tongue twisters (41) trains (89) transportation (98)

Common Knowledge



The Principal's New Clothes by Stephanie Calmenson is a whimsical and modern take on the classic tale of 'The Emperor's New Clothes.' In this humorous adaptation, the principal of Wagstaff Elementary finds himself in a comical predicament when he falls for a cunning tailor's scheme. Calmenson's witty storytelling and playful illustrations by Denise Brunkus make for an engaging read that will leave both children and adults chuckling. Beyond the laughs, the book cleverly imparts lessons about honesty, leadership, and the importance of questioning the status quo. It's a refreshing twist on a timeless story that will entertain and enlighten readers of all ages… (more)
alexablocker | 9 other reviews | Apr 12, 2024 |
Created especially for children who are learning to read, this anthology contains renowned works featuring some of the best-loved characters in children's literature, including Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak's Little Bear, Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad, and the madcap creations of Dr. Seuss. Also included is poetry by Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as stories, poems, riddles, and word games.
PlumfieldCH | 2 other reviews | Sep 22, 2023 |
This book is part of the Young Readers series about Allie and Amie, Best friends. To raise money for their playground, their neighborhood is having a street fair. Allie and Amie already have an idea for a booth: Instant Story Booth. They will be telling stories. But Allie is sick and needs to rest for a week. Unfortunately, she will have to miss the fair, and Amy is on her own. But there is a solution. It is a feel-good story to make any person who reads it smile. Short chapters and a few black-and-white illustrations showing the diversity in characters are still present. A large typeface makes this a great read for those who are ready to go beyond readers and start on chapter books. A list of characters before the content page will bring readers up to speed with the story. There is a word list and some questions in the back to extend the reading pleasure.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade
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paula-childrenslib | Sep 8, 2023 |
So incredibly cute! It takes a lot for a counting book to stand out to any parent after a few years of reading them, but this one has exceptional art and a very fun theme. My kid loved spotting details in the illustrations and debating which doggy looked most like the doggies he knows.
terriko | May 22, 2023 |


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