Blow Out the Moon (LIttle, Brown, 2004).
"The word 'delightful' is over-used in reviews, but it's difficult to find one that's more appropriate..." Booklist (starred review)
"Koponen is a gifted writer whose distinctive style has a conversational rhythm." School Library Journal
New York Public Library Top Title for Reading and Sharing
Massachusetts Honor Book
“I have read your book Blow Out the Moon so many times, and loved it every single time! You once came to my school... I was in 4th grade at the time and now I'm going into 7th grade and still reading over and over your book!” -- a reader
Blow Out the Moon was written in the early days of the Web and Libby first published it there, along with photographs of the boarding school, how to do many of the things the characters did (cat's cradle, songs, games), and stories they read and wrote. Children read it and emailed Libby; a school district put the book and Web site on all the computers in their system; Yahooligans and others recommended it.
Libby didn't approach editors until she had a packet of emails from children and recommendations from schools and reviewers. Children's Literature called the novel "entirely refreshing" and the companion Web site "a delightful compilation."
The House Baba Built, by Ed Young with Libby Koponen (Little, Brown, 2011).
Favorably reviewed in the New York Times.
3 starred reviews.
Parents Choice Award, Gold.
Libby has also ghostwritten the text for several well-known picture books published by Little, Brown (without credit, though "text by Libby Koponen" appeared in small print on the first Birdie copyright page!), and done work for hire for various publishers.