Books by Robert Byrd

AFRICA IS MY HOME by Monica Edinger
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Nevertheless, this book gives middle-grade readers a starting point for understanding this landmark episode in American history, in which slaves fought through the court system and won. (author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In this text-heavy picture book, Edinger fictionalizes the story of Margru, a child whom slave traders transported in 1839 from Mendeland, West Africa, to Cuba and then to the United States on the Spanish slave ship the Amistad. Read full book review >
ELECTRIC BEN by Robert Byrd
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"A work of breadth and energy, just like its subject; engaging and brimming with appeal for a wide audience. (Biography. 8-14)"
A beautifully realized labor of love and affection brings to life one of our brightest founding fathers. Read full book review >
KUBLA KHAN by Kathleen Krull
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"This account is like Kubla Khan himself—amazing. (author's and illustrator's notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-12)"
The Emperor of Everything, indeed! Read full book review >
BARBARIANS!  by Steven Kroll
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2009

"Rousing reading for all armchair sword-wielders and plunder-seekers. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Sure, Vikings get all the good press—but as Kroll points out, they weren't the only warlike people to raid, invade and topple established empires between 100 CE and the death of Tamerlane in 1405. Read full book review >
GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! by Laura Amy Schlitz
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Brilliant in every way. (foreword, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Schlitz takes the breath away with unabashed excellence in every direction. Read full book review >
THE HERO SCHLIEMANN by Laura Amy Schlitz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"While many readers will have little familiarity with The Iliad, they will nevertheless enjoy this portrait of a determined, if flawed, genius. (Biography. 9-13)"
The charismatic millionaire who uncovered the fabled city of Troy receives here an admiring and affectionate, if not completely heroic treatment. Read full book review >
THE HERO AND THE MINOTAUR by Robert Byrd
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2005

Paired with stylized, full-bleed views of strong-featured figures in classical Greek dress, and generally posed in profile, Byrd retells a melded tale that includes not only Theseus's birth, early feats and battle with the Minotaur, but also the imprisonment and flight of Daedalus and Icarus. Read full book review >
LEONARDO, BEAUTIFUL DREAMER by Robert Byrd
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2003

"His twin regards for subject and reader make this offering a winner. (author's note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
As thorough an exploration of Leonardo's achievements as can be wrought in picture-book format, this offering takes every opportunity to give the original Renaissance Man his own voice. Read full book review >
SAINT FRANCIS AND THE CHRISTMAS DONKEY by Robert Byrd
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Lovely. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Inspired by the story of St. Read full book review >
FINN MACCOUL AND HIS FEARLESS WIFE by Robert Byrd
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A synopsis of the MacCoul legend, source notes, and a pronunciation guide appear at the end of the book. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
This visually attractive treatment of the early Celtic folktale, in which Finn and his crafty wife foil the menacing giant, Cucullin, is musical in its wording and graced with a fine sprinkling of old Irish artifacts. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SWINEHERD AND OTHER TALES by Paula Fox
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The whimsical, childish quality of the pictures nicely matches the text; the humor is dry and the poignancy understated. (Folklore. 8-12)"
 Fables, first published in 1978, appear in a newly illustrated edition. Read full book review >
THE BEAR AND THE BIRD KING by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

 A grumpy bear insults the ordinary-looking nestlings of the Bird King, occasioning a war between the beasts of the land and those of the air. Read full book review >