Exciting News!

Available on Amazon in English, French, Ukrainian,

Bilingual English-French and Ukrainian-English.


2nd edition with lotsa new drawings!

HUG ME FULL COLOR 2nd edition audio by Patti Stren

elliot the little porcupine speaks

HUG ME FULL COLOR 2nd edition audio read in a proper British accent by Rosemary Allison

Coming Soon

In English, French, Ukrainian, Bilingual English-French and Ukrainian-English and in Braille with raised line tactile art from Tactile Vision Graphics in Windsor, New Brunswick, Canada


HUG ME MORE audio by Blythe Danner

Coming Soon

HUG ME first edition audio by Blythe Danner

Coming back by popular demand

Patti’s beloved illustrated Chapter Book “there’s a rainbow in my closet” will soon be available on Amazon!

“there’s a rainbow in my closet” reviews from Goodreads and Amazon

I have read this book probably 50 times in the last 28 years. It was one of my favorites! I was so excited to find my copy when my daughter turned 10, the age I read it first. I read it to her just so I could re-live it.
Wonderful childhood book about being creative outside the box.

Catherine, Goodreads (January 4, 2008) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


A personal classic

This was my favorite book when I was in the fourth grade. As a mother of a precocious four-year-old, I’ve struggled to find a book that was age-appropriate in content and also a terrific read-aloud chapter book–something that would occupy us for a long stretch. This book is perfect. My daughter loves this book and I’ve loved reading it again. We read a chapter together each night. I wish it were still in print. My library requested it as an inter-library loan to get a hold of a copy.

Cakebaker, Amazon Reviews (June 5, 2007) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


When I told a co-worker that I was ransacking my parents’ house so I could find my childhood copy of this, he laughed. In today’s parlance, it sounds like a very different story than it is. But it was published in 1979, when rainbows were also the property of preteen girls. This is a story of an awkward girl who liked to read and draw and how, with the help of a Grandma she’s only just met, she finds some bright spots in a life that is, while fine, still very confusing. If you read current teen novels, you can tell it’s dated–there’s no actual trauma to overcome. But even a fairly even-keeled life can be overwhelming and confusing to the kid living with parents’ and teachers’ decisions, however kindly those decisions are intended. When I read this book when I was young, I thought someone had written down my dreams. And not just ’cause the girl’s named Emma, either. If you have a young reader in your life who’d you like to find a funny and moving book for, especially if you wish you could find her–or him–another Harriet the Spy, and if you can track down a copy, I highly recommend it.

Emma, Goodreads (February 25, 2009) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Child Artist Nurtured

I read this as a child poet; I’m so sad to find it out of print. Emma is a child painter, …nightly mixing paint to try to capture the color of the night sky. While her mother is on a trip, Emma’s grandmother comes to take care of her, and the two begin a beautiful friendship, which fosters Emma’s identity as an artist. In league with Harriet the Spy, I, Trissy, and the Anastasia books. Pray it comes back into print. Kids & adults will love this book.

Celia M. White, Amazon Reviews (January 30, 1999) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐