Frances Yansky author and illustrator


Books by Frances Hill Yansky & Brian Yansky:


The Bug Cemetery

The Bug Cemetery

by Frances Hill
Illustrated by Vera Rosenberry
Henry Holt & Co., 2002

“Children's fascination with
and fear of death gets a funny
and ultimately empathic treatment
from first-time author Hill.”

Publisher's Weekly

A reassuring look at the cycles of life.

"When I found a dead ladybug one day, my sister, Wilma, buried it for me. She painted a rock to use as a tombstone."

It doesn't take much to start a bug cemetery—a dead ladybug or inchworm, a pitcher of lemonade, and a few tears for a show of proper respect. But when a beloved pet suddenly dies, funerals are no longer any fun. A bug is one thing, but how do you mourn a special friend?


Honors include:

  • starred review in Publisher's Weekly
  • International Society of School Librarians Honor Book
  • Texas Institute of Letters
    Children's Book Award finalist
  • featured at the Texas Book Festival
  • showcased on Sparks: Mid-South Book Review
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Honors Circle
  • Missouri State Teachers Reading Circle


Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capitol of the WorldMy Road Trip to the
Pretty Girl Capital of the World

by Brian Yansky
Cricket Books, 2003

“Yanksy neatly shows the thrill
and allure of the ageless
answer to teen troubles: Road  Trip!”



The Wonders of the World

Wonders of the World
by Brian Yansky
Flux, 2007

“Brian Yansky expertly conjures a gritty
and original portrait of life at street level,
complete with cynical adults, doomed teens,
a villain who isn’t quite human,
and a brilliant but unlikely hero.”


Alien Invasions & Other Inconveniences
by Brian Yansky
Candlewick, Oct. 2010

"Brian Yansky offers a funny, grim novel packed
with everything boys and sci-fi fans love:
aliens, humor, action, and a healthy dose of triumph."




Homicidal Aliens & Other Disappointments
by Brian Yansky
Candlewick Press, Sept. 2013

"Fans of the first book will enjoy Jesse’s sense of humor
and the interplay between his normal problems (which girl
to date, for example) and the high-stakes pursuit of survival."
—School Library Journal