Books by Larry Dane Brimner

Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A chilling look at a time when the government waged war on civil liberties, with the public a complicit ally. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Brimner brings to life a shameful episode in American history when citizens working in the film industry were accused of disloyalty and subversion and persecuted for defending their First Amendment rights. Read full book review >
TWELVE DAYS IN MAY by Larry Dane Brimner
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Richly illustrated with period photographs and strikingly designed, this is a clear, accessible depiction of a major story in the civil rights movement. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Even after some Jim Crow laws were declared unconstitutional, many states continued to refuse to adhere to the changes. Sibert Honor-winning author Brimner (Black and White, 2011) explores the first "Freedom Ride" in May 1961, as seven black and six white activists ranging in age from 18 to 61 set out to bring attention to this resistance. Read full book review >
THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL  by Larry Dane Brimner
Released: July 18, 2017

"Fits the bill for readers whose own best buds have been lost to school. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Exuberant Puppy and bored Bear meet one day under the gnarled oak, and from then on, they are the best of friends. But will school put an end to their friendship? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An engaging, intriguing story of a fascinating man. (author's note, bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 9-12)"
In December 1915, San Diego's reservoirs were nearly empty, so the city turned to Charles Mallory Hatfield, whose skills at making rain were legendary. Read full book review >
STRIKE! by Larry Dane Brimner
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"With an appealing design and many black-and-white photographs, this paints a vivid, detailed picture of an important labor movement and its controversial yet inspiring leader. (author's note, further reading, websites, places to visit, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
A skillful, compelling account of the complicated history of César Chávez and the farm workers movement, set in the context of the social and political tensions of the times. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A clean, graphically interesting design abets a well-researched, engaging narrative that contributes a more nuanced view of the period than is often seen. (author's note, further reading, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)

A fascinating look at one of the most crucial places and periods in the civil rights movement through two polar opposites. Read full book review >
BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY by Larry Dane Brimner
Released: Feb. 20, 2010

"A standout book for its thorough research and comprehensive look at the incident that led to the 1964 passage of civil-rights legislation. (further reading, author's note, source notes, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Brimner focuses on the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and successfully illuminates in chronological order the events, social tensions and political reverberations of that terror-filled time. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The bibliography is skimpy, with little to guide young readers to the many other fine books on the subject, but this is an excellent addition to that growing body of literature about the Civil Rights movement. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Bayard Rustin was an important figure in the Civil Rights movement, yet he remains almost unknown to young readers. Read full book review >
SUBWAY by Larry Dane Brimner
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Still, the author not only identifies a stimulating array of historical highlights and major figures, he discusses, however briefly, the impact that subways have had on many of the cities that have invested in them. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Brimner gives the early history of public transportation a quick once-over, focusing particularly on the building of subway systems in London and New York, but adding side glances toward such related topics as the evolution of the steam engine and the digging of the Channel Tunnel. Read full book review >
THE LITTLEST WOLF by Larry Dane Brimner
Released: April 1, 2002

"Move over, Leo the Late Bloomer, it's Little One's turn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like eating at a restaurant called "Mom's," there are those who avoid any children's title with the word "Littlest" in it. Read full book review >
ELLIOT FRY'S GOOD-BYE by Larry Dane Brimner
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Fernandes's happy-go-lucky illustrations are right in the spirit of the wholesome story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Elliot decides to leave home rather than clean up his room to make space for his visiting uncle, his parents simply remind him to take his sweater and not to cross the street, thus limiting his trip to circling his own pleasant suburban block. Read full book review >
MAX AND FELIX by Larry Dane Brimner
Released: Feb. 9, 1993

"As a theme, photos misfiring wears a little thin by the fourth brief chapter; still, the perky, natural-sounding dialogue and funny, lively illustrations are sure to appeal to young readers. (Picture book/Easy reader. 3-7)"
In the best easy-reader tradition, Max and Felix are friends who engage in mildly witty dialogue while negotiating the unexpected results of their various efforts. Read full book review >