Books by Daniel Minter

SO TALL WITHIN by Gary D. Schmidt
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Powerful, moving, necessary. (biographical note, artist's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
The life and work of Sojourner Truth are detailed in this lyrical picture book by Schmidt (Martín de Porres, illustrated by David Diaz, 2012). Read full book review >
STEP RIGHT UP by Donna Janell Bowman
Released: Oct. 15, 2016

"An incredible story that ought to be widely known—a must-read. (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Minter's acrylic-painted linoleum-block prints combine with Bowman's story of a former slave who trained a brilliant horse for a memorable book. Read full book review >
ELLEN'S BROOM by Daniel Minter
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"A spirited story filled with the warmth of a close family celebrating a marriage before God and the law. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ellen cheerfully watches as her parents, former slaves, legally register their wedding at a Freedman's Bureau during Reconstruction. Read full book review >
THE FIRST MARATHON by Susan Reynolds
Released: March 1, 2006

"Reynolds closes with a detailed source note and a brief history of the modern marathon—not enough to carry this, or readers, much past the starting line. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Reynolds, a distance walker herself, spins detail around skimpy Classical sources to create a tale in tribute to every marathoner's hero. Read full book review >
NEW YEAR BE COMING! by Katharine Boling
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"As a special homage to nature and the Gullah tradition, storytellers will find this an excellent addition to their repertoire. (Poetry. 5-8)"
Written in the Gullah dialect, this is a handsomely illustrated collection of poems for each month of the year. Read full book review >
SEVEN SPOOLS OF THREAD by Angela Shelf Medearis
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A fine choice for a Kwanzaa gift, and a first choice for most school and public-library collections. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Any family with seven sons must hear plenty of bickering, but the seven Ashanti brothers in this family quarrel from dawn to dusk and into the night. Read full book review >
THE RICHES OF OSEOLA McCARTY by evelyn coleman
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A small, fine book. (Biography. 7-10)"
Coleman (To Be a Drum, p. 264, etc.) writes with feeling of an African-American woman whose work ethic proved inspiring. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

From Bontemps (with Langston Hughes, The Pasteboard Bandit, 1997, etc.), a previously unpublished story with the sound and sense of a 1930s folktale. Read full book review >