Books by Jim Burke

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Somber and inspirational. (thumbnail sketches) (Poetry. 10-16)"
The Children's Poet Laureate salutes 15 men and women, including one child, who spoke out and acted for equality and liberty, several at the cost of their lives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2010

"An engaging artist's note describes his research, but there is no corresponding author's note to help young baseball enthusiasts parse legend from fact. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Honus Wagner's life is often summed up in the story of his very rare baseball card. Read full book review >
MISS LITTLE’S GIFT by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"An author's note explains his ADHD and provides insight for teachers and youngsters alike. (Picture book/memoir. 4-8)"
Second grader Douglas is not only the smallest person in his new Iowa classroom, he is the youngest. Read full book review >
JOHNNY APPLESEED by Jane Yolen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Chapman's life. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Yolen wants it both ways: Johnny Appleseed the legend and John Chapman the somewhat fruity ("There is no doubt Johnny is strange") Read full book review >
NAMING LIBERTY by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"The two Atlantic crossings come together in one New York Harbor view of the copper Statue, symbolizing the unifying themes of new ideas, freedom and the opportunity for a fresh start. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Gitl, the youngest in her Jewish family, looks forward to escaping the pogroms and persecution of Czarist Russia. Read full book review >
MAGGIE’S AMERIKAY by Barbara Timberlake Russell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2006

"With deft dialogue and well-chosen phrases, Russell enlivens the period, when the poor competed for jobs, death in childhood was more common than anomalous and a vibrant city gave birth to jazz. (historical note) (Picture book. 6-9)"
An Irish immigrant family scrimps to earn its place in New Orleans in 1898. Read full book review >
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME by Jack Norworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Put it next to the umpteen illustrated versions of 'Casey at the Bat.' (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Burke offers an atmospheric rendition of the old baseball chestnut. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MAMA by Lauren Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Probably best for family reading, since there are pages and pages of text without illustrations. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Thompson borrows the plot structure of O. Henry's Christmas classic, "The Gift of the Magi," for this sentimental story, set in the 1920s, about a little girl named Grace and her mother. Read full book review >
MY BROTHER’S FLYING MACHINE by Jane Yolen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2003

"For a better treatment of Katharine's story, see The Wright Sister, by Richard Maurer (above). (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Though the Wright brothers both credited their sister Katharine as a partner in their grand enterprise, she seldom emerges from the biographical shadows. Read full book review >