Books by Stephen Alcorn

MARY'S SONG by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A lyrical, unusual viewpoint for the Nativity story, seamlessly matched with gorgeous illustrations that are unlike other interpretations of the Christ Child's birth. (Picture book/religion. 5 & up)"
Hopkins, the noted poet and anthologizer of children's poetry, offers an original free-verse poem, a Christmas Eve musing about her newborn son in Mary's first-person voice. Read full book review >
ODETTA by Stephen Alcorn
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

Alcorn's friendship with legendary folksinger Odetta (1930-2008) underpins his admiring, free-form narrative and stylized, heroic casein paintings. Read full book review >
A GIFT OF DAYS by Stephen Alcorn
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"While there is an index and a brief biographical listing for each, there are no citations for the quotations, which is a lamentable omission. (Reference. 8-14)"
Beautifully designed and imaginatively conceptualized, this volume presents 366 days and 366 quotations from famous people, tagged to the days they were born. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Handsome. (author's note, timeline, resources) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
"Matt was born in 1866, just after the Civil War, at a time when poor black boys like him had few chances to roam the next county, to say nothing of another country, the seven seas, or the top of the world." Read full book review >
AMERICA AT WAR by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: March 4, 2008

"A worthy but flawed effort. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Some 55 poems memorialize America's wars from the Revolutionary War through the Iraq War, touching on both bravery and sacrifice, emphasizing, according to anthologist Hopkins's introduction, "the emotional impact." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

The author of an adult study of the history of lynching addresses a younger audience in this stirring tribute to an African-American journalist who, more than any other single figure, is associated with bringing the despicable practice to an end. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"There is much to share in this splendid volume—a must-have for every collection. (Poetry/nonfiction. 7-12)"
The latest offering from distinguished poet and anthologist Hopkins celebrates each day of the year in a glorious mélange of facts, quotes, and poetry from the best poets, new and old. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Readers will be sobered to see just how many of the dead rock stars died because of drug use, but Krull never equates their creativity with their excesses. (Biography. 9+)"
Krull takes her remarkable gift for witty, brief, and incisive biography to new heights in this compendium. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2003

"There's a long introduction by the editor and half-page biographies of each poet. (author, illustrator notes) (Poetry. 10+)"
A powerful selection of 25 poems by American women ranges from Anne Bradstreet to Naomi Shihab Nye. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The art will attract many, but the major appeal will be for those with a firm grasp of the history of the Nez Percé. (author and illustrator notes) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Although a beautiful combination of history and poetry, Kay's (Tattered Sails, 2001, etc.) tale of displaced Native Americans will be difficult, for the traditional picture book audience to comprehend without knowledge of the Nez Percé Native tribe's history. Read full book review >
HOME TO ME by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A lovely work. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Hopkins and Alcorn (Hoofbeats, Claws, and Rippled Fins, p. 46, etc.) repeat their successful collaboration with a new themed collection. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2002

"However, teachers will appreciate this fine work for its wide variety of poetic formats and the thought-provoking nature of the poems themselves, and with a helpful introduction by an adult, both art and poetry will find success with kids. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Hopkins, the preeminent and prolific anthologist of children's poetry, teams up again with Alcorn for their second thematic collection (My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States, 2000). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Most students study the 50 states in the upper elementary grades (with many teachers integrating poetry across the curriculum), so this volume will be a logical and welcome choice for larger school and public library collections. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Hopkins (Lives: Poems About Famous Americans, 1999, etc.) is one of the foremost anthologists of children's poetry, with thematic collections on an amazing variety of topics, including school-related subjects such as math, science, American history, even school supplies and books themselves. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A truly inspiring collection for personal as well as institutional libraries. (Biography. 8-12)"
This exciting collective biography features ten important women in the historic struggle to win freedom and civil rights. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Acorn's elegant illustrations have an expressiveness that honors the words. (Poetry. 10+)"
A splendid, rattling good collection of African-American poetry. Read full book review >
LINCOLN by Milton Meltzer
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A splendid book, for every library. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Describing Lincoln as "one of the greatest masters of the English language," Meltzer lets him speak eloquently for himself, skillfully selecting passages from Lincoln's speeches, letters, and other writings to characterize the man, follow the development of his ideas, and exemplify his achievements. Read full book review >
REMBRANDT'S BERET by Johnny Alcorn
Released: May 22, 1991

"A fine collaboration from these two brothers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Tiberius, a Florentine painter, tells his granddaughter the story of the remarkable portrait that has a place of honor in his studio: As a boy, he once spent siesta time accidentally locked in the Uffizi. Read full book review >