Books by Matt Tavares

BECOMING BABE RUTH by Matt Tavares
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Flamboyant and amazingly talented, the Sultan of Swat receives due appreciation here. (author's note, statistics chart, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
An homage to the Bambino introduces a new audience to this great legend of baseball. Read full book review >
HELEN'S BIG WORLD by Doreen Rappaport
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

Helen Keller's transcendent leap across the barriers of her blindness and deafness continues to inspire.

Rappaport recounts the well-known events of Helen's childhood—the illness that left her blind and deaf as a toddler, her wild willfulness and the advent of Annie Sullivan's companionship and tutelage with liberating results. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A baseball hero and an American hero, the last player to hit over .400 in a season; here, Ted Williams is introduced to a new generation of baseball fans. (author's note, statistics, bibliography) (Picture book/ biography. 6-10)"
Ted Williams' goal was, as the subtitle suggests, to be the greatest hitter who ever lived.  Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

Wintry new illustrations recall the forgotten landscape of Child's traditional Thanksgiving travel song.

A horse-drawn sleigh carries a boy, his parents and sister through his New England hometown. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

A striking cover close-up of Kennedy (with the title information on the back of the jacket, à la the author's Martin's Big Words, illustrated by Bryan Collier, 2001) introduces the reader to this biography of the 35th president of the United States. Read full book review >
HENRY AARON’S DREAM by Matt Tavares
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

This book opens with a stark image: Readers look through a chain-link fence at white boys playing ball, a large WHITES ONLY sign dead center. Read full book review >

THE GINGERBREAD PIRATES by Kristin Kladstrup
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Captain Cookie is a gingerbread pirate, leader of a batch of buccaneer cookies baked by a boy named Jim and his mom. Read full book review >

LADY LIBERTY by Doreen Rappaport
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: May 13, 2008

"She will be massive but elegant, / as grand as any one of the / Seven Wonders of the Ancient World." Read full book review >

IRON HANS by The Brothers Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Tavares's tidy, literal, clean-lined illustrations give this retelling of a particularly surreal Brothers Grimm tale some welcome grounding in reality. Read full book review >

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Michael Hague
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Nesbit's wry 1908 telling casts Jack as a dreamy lad more adept at composing poems about "the Dignity of Labor" than engaging in it. Read full book review >

MUDBALL by Matt Tavares
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

Did Babe Ruth really point to the bleachers and then proceed to hit a home run to that spot? Read full book review >

OLIVER’S GAME by Matt Tavares
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2004

The author of Zachary's Ball (2000) offers another tale of baseball dreams passing from one generation to another, grafted to atmospheric pencil illustrations that recall Chris Van Allsburg's early work. Read full book review >

POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

In a full-page introductory note, Tavares (Zachary's Ball, 2000) details the origins of the famous poem (attributed to Clement C. Moore some years after its first publication in a NY newspaper in 1823), which spurred the tradition in the US of hanging up stockings to be filled by St. Read full book review >