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
BIOGRAPHY
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
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

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 >

ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"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
POETRY
Released: March 4, 2008

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 >

BIOGRAPHY
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 >

NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

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 >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

Krull takes her remarkable gift for witty, brief, and incisive biography to new heights in this compendium. Read full book review >

POETRY
Released: April 1, 2003

A powerful selection of 25 poems by American women ranges from Anne Bradstreet to Naomi Shihab Nye. Read full book review >

BROKEN FEATHER by Verla Kay
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

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
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Hopkins and Alcorn (Hoofbeats, Claws, and Rippled Fins, p. 46, etc.) repeat their successful collaboration with a new themed collection. Read full book review >

HOOFBEATS, CLAWS & RIPPLED FINS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2002

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 >

NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

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 >

NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

This exciting collective biography features ten important women in the historic struggle to win freedom and civil rights. Read full book review >

POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

A splendid, rattling good collection of African-American poetry. Read full book review >

LINCOLN by Milton Meltzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

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
FICTION
Released: May 22, 1991

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 >