Books by Barbara Kerley

A HOME FOR MR. EMERSON by Barbara Kerley
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A small, inviting window into the life of Ralph Waldo Emerson and an inspiring tribute to a life's dream realized. (author's note, philosophical prompts, source notes, acknowledgments) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
The team behind creative picture-book biographies The Extraordinary Mark Twain (2010) and What To Do About Alice? (2008) turns its attention to 19th-century American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Read full book review >
THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU by Barbara Kerley
Released: March 12, 2013

"Vivid glimpses of what waits for anyone who is willing to stop just looking and go. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world's wonders and glories. Read full book review >
THOSE REBELS, JOHN AND TOM by Barbara Kerley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Humorous, respectful and affectionate: a solid invitation to learn more. (author's note, facsimile of Declaration, quotation source notes) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
A graceful and good-humored account introduces the very human sides of the disparate duo who came together in the Continental Congress to give birth to American independence in an extraordinary achievement in 1774-1776. Read full book review >
THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN by Barbara Kerley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A heartwarming tribute to both the writing life in general and the well-loved humorist—oops, sorry Susy… "Pholosopher!" (author's note, how to write a biography, time line, sources) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
From 1885 to '86, Mark Twain's 13-year-old daughter Susy Clemens wrote a 130-page biography of her father out of indignation: Her dear Papa was no mere humorist! Read full book review >
ONE WORLD, ONE DAY by Barbara Kerley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

"A fine concept as a book, but not as attractive as it could be. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Highlighting the universal, this photographic volume uses the scaffold of an ordinary day, from morning till night, to explore children's lives—their preparations for the day, breakfast, school, chores, play, dinner, time with family and, finally, bedtime, with its promise of new adventures in the morning. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2008

"It's a gleeful celebration of a fully, unapologetically led life. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Theodore Roosevelt's irrepressible oldest child receives an appropriately vivacious appreciation in this superb picture book. Read full book review >
A LITTLE PEACE by Barbara Kerley
NONFICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

"At 1,000 words per picture, it's a weighty little tome. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Kerley offers beautiful images of harmony and love from around the world. Read full book review >
GREETINGS FROM PLANET EARTH by Barbara Kerley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2007

"The space capsule assignment reveals much about earthlings, and Mr. Meyer's insightful questioning brings a depth and universality to what is essentially one family's struggle with the past. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The upcoming Voyager 2 space probe sparks 12-year-old Theo's discoveries about life on earth in 1977. Read full book review >
YOU AND ME TOGETHER by Barbara Kerley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2005

"An unalloyed pleasure from the author of Walt Whitman (2004). (lengthy note from Marian Wright Edelman) (Picture book. 3-8)"
The text is simple and comfortable: "Here we are, together. / Together, ME AND YOU . . . / Sharing. . . . Read full book review >
WALT WHITMAN by Barbara Kerley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A cultural force rendered with power and immediacy for a new generation. (notes, sources, poetry excerpts) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A visual and textual portrait of America's most revolutionary and celebrated poet. Read full book review >
THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS by Barbara Kerley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Stunning. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Who could resist? Read full book review >