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ROBERT BURLEIGH

Over the past 30 years, Robert Burleigh has published many educational filmstrips and videos, and over 40 children’s picture books, collaborating with such prominent illustrators as Wendell Minor, Ed Young, Mike Wimmer, Barry Blitt, and Stephen Johnson.

 

Major titles on Burleigh’s backlist include FLIGHT: THE JOURNEY OF CHARLES LINDBERGH; HOOPS; HOME RUN: THE STORY OF BABE RUTH; THE SECRET OF THE GREAT HOUDINI; ONE GIANT LEAP; ABRAHAM LINCOLN COMES HOME and, published in 2011, NIGHT FLIGHT: AMELIA EARHART CROSSES THE ATLANTIC; and THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN, AS TOLD BY HUCKLEBERRY FINN.

 

His books have won numerous awards.  Burleigh recently received the Prairie State Award from the Illinois Reading Council, naming him the Illinois Children’s Book Writer of the Year for 2011.

 

Born and raised in Chicago, Robert Burleigh graduated from DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) and later received an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago. He has published books for children since the early 1990s.

 

While the subjects of his books vary, they are linked philosophically, stylistically and structurally by a wish to capture — where possible — the essential elements along with the emotional intensity of whatever the subject is.  The hard facts (historical and biographical) of his subjects always remain important, and are woven into the narrative. But beyond that, the books convey the feeling of immediacy, of being there — whether there is flying an airplane, hitting a baseball, or painting a picture.

 

In addition to writing, Robert Burleigh paints regularly under the art name Burleigh Kronquist (www.Burleighkronquist.com) and has shown work in one-person and group shows in Chicago, New York, and elsewhere around the country.

 

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"An ideal introduction to a lesser-known scientist and an important understanding about how the Earth works."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea)

 

"A finely told, beautifully illustrated biography that saves a world class scientist from obscurity."

-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea)

 

 

 

PRAISE FOR TINY BIRD

"Wu turns a text about books and writers into a veritable party on the page. . . ."

-Kirkus Reviews (Sylvia's Bookshop)

 

". . . bold and aspirational, . . . A worthy supporting player in a curriculum. . . ."

-Kirkus Reviews (O Captain, My Captain)

 

"Carefully researched and beautifully rendered."

-Booklist (O Captain, My Captain)

 

"This book is a substantive contribution to the recognition of Walt Whitman and his place in American literary history for young readers."

-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (O Captain, My Captain)

 

"Kids will be mesmerized by this dynamic portrait of one of nature’s winged wonders."

-Booklist (Starred Review)