Books by Alan Schroeder

WASHINGTON, D.C. by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"Quibbles aside, this will find a receptive audience with trivia buffs, tourists, and residents of all ages. (Informational picture book. 6-12)"
As with Ben Franklin (2011) and Abe Lincoln (2015), Schroeder and O'Brien employ the alphabet to pair lesser-known tidbits with humorous ink-and-watercolor caricatures to, in this case, present some of the people, places, and politics associated with the nation's capital. Read full book review >
ABE LINCOLN by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"The book quotes Lincoln as saying, 'Whatever you are, be a good one.' This team goes beyond good; they excel at making history real, enjoyable and memorable. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
From Ben Franklin: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z (2011), the dynamic duo of Schroeder and O'Brien here turn their talents to Abe Lincoln. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Kudos for the effort, but a more illuminating text and more suitable illustrations would have made this a much better title. (author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 3-7)"
Florence Mills, dancer and singer, was the sweetheart of the Harlem Renaissance. Read full book review >
BEN FRANKLIN by Alan Schroeder
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Outstanding. (Alphabet biography. 6-10)"
Two words in the subtitle totally encompass the approach of this highly creative alphabet biography—wit and wisdom. Read full book review >
IN HER HANDS by Alan Schroeder
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The acrylic paintings from debut artist Bereal are warm and inviting. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Schroeder, who has previously penned similar biographies of Harriet Tubman, Josephine Baker and Louis Armstrong, turns here to the life of a Florida girl who loved to work in clay. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"No serious political science here, but these tales of the aristocracy of politics and showbiz joined at the hip offer enjoyable entertainment and star-studded pop culture."
An Emmy-winning producer clearly demonstrates, in case you didn't know, that politicians and performers share identical genetic codes. Read full book review >
SMOKY MOUNTAIN ROSE by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"A particularly nice touch is that pretty Rose has ordinary brown hair, while her stepsisters, homely though they are, are the more traditionally glamorous blonde and brunette. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
Schroeder's version of this tale is based directly on the familiar 17th-century Perrault tale, but written in an Appalachian dialect and placed ``smack in the heart o' the Smoky Mountains.'' Cinderella—Rose in this tale—is the gentle daughter of a father who dies not long after he remarries. Read full book review >
SATCHMO'S BLUES by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Satchmo'' is never explained and is not used in the story, appearing only in the author's note. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Like Schroeder's first book, Ragtime Tumpie (1989), and his recent Minty (p. 537), this is a fictionalized account of the childhood of a great American. Read full book review >
CAROLINA SHOUT! by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"In his second collaboration with Schroeder (Ragtime Tumpie, 1989) Fuchs creates powerful oil paintings that beautifully celebrate the vitality of Charleston, and masterfully chronicle this vanished piece of African-American life. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An interesting cultural history of African-American street vendors in the preWW II South. Read full book review >
LILY AND THE WOODEN BOWL by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"It's hard to believe that a story of a girl with a bowl on her head could have the credibility, and power, shown here. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
On her deathbed, Lily's grandmother extracts from her a pretty wild vow: to wear a lacquered bowl upon her head to protect her innocence from all men. Read full book review >
THE STONE LION by Alan Schroeder
adapted by Alan Schroeder, illustrated by Todd L.W. Doney
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"All in all, a bit more accessible but with less narrative energy than Smedley's version, while the lavish art is sure to appeal. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
An unsourced retelling of a Tibetan tale with the familiar theme of a good-hearted and a greedy brother who each receives his just deserts. Read full book review >
JOSEPHINE BAKER by Alan Schroeder
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 29, 1991

"Useful for assignments, but not as memorable as his earlier book. (Biography. 10+)"
A workmanlike entry in the ``Black Americans of Achievement'' series. Read full book review >