Books by Mara Rockliff

BORN TO SWING by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Unfortunately, this ode to an undeservedly overlooked legend does not hit all the right notes. (biographical note, discography, timeline, bibliography, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A biography of Lil Hardin Armstrong, who "was just born to swing," one of the first female musicians to make it in the world of jazz. Read full book review >
AROUND AMERICA TO WIN THE VOTE by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A lively look at the ingenuity of women suffragists near the end of their long road to the vote. (historical note, source note, bibliography of children's titles) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Rockliff introduces Nell Richardson and Alice Burke, whose five-month, 10,000-mile crusade for women's voting rights drew crowds and made colorful newspaper copy in 1916. Read full book review >
ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY ADDIE by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

" An out-of-the-ordinary biography. (biographical research notes) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Artwork and layout reminiscent of 19th-century posters and paper dolls tell the true tale of magician Adelaide Herrmann, once known as the Queen of Magic. Read full book review >
MESMERIZED by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Rockliff and Bruno's playful approach buoys solid science and history. (author's note, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Ben Franklin's several years in France during the American Revolution included an occasion on which he consulted on a scientific matter for the French king. Read full book review >
GINGERBREAD FOR LIBERTY! by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This appealing concoction is a powerful reminder of the good one person can do. (sources, recipe) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Rockliff and Kirsch introduce a lesser-known figure who demonstrated patriotic fire by baking bread for the Continental Army. Read full book review >
CHIK CHAK SHABBAT by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A warm, cozy and loving depiction of shared culinary traditions around an inviting table. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Neighbors join together to celebrate a holiday. Read full book review >
THE GRUDGE KEEPER by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Wordplay and humor provide an effective vehicle for a valuable moral. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper." So begins this original fairy tale that provides a literal illustration of the idiom "holding a grudge." Read full book review >
ME AND MOMMA AND BIG JOHN by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"An intriguing examination of the inside story of one of New York City's most important and beloved monuments. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A son tells of his mother's new job cutting stone for "Big John," New York City's yet-unfinished Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Read full book review >
MY HEART WILL NOT SIT DOWN by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"The human capacity to reach out to those who suffer is lovingly and inspiringly rendered. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A moment of communal compassion is remembered in this fictionalized retelling of a too-little-known tale. Read full book review >
THE BUSIEST STREET IN TOWN by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"This civil-disobedience fable may cause streetwise readers both young and older to scratch their heads: Can two old ladies in heels really turn their street into a pedestrian mall? (Picture book. 5-8)"
The end papers indicate that the now-gray-haired Agatha May Walker and Eulalie Scruggs have been best friends from childhood, living across the street from each other on heavily trafficked Rushmore Boulevard. Read full book review >