Books by William Miller

JOE LOUIS, MY CHAMPION by William Miller
Released: May 1, 2004

"Both text and oil-on-canvas-paper illustrations go for the obvious angle, making the effort as a whole worthy, but just a little too heavy-handed. (Picture book. 5-8)"
One of the watershed moments in African-American history—the defeat of James Braddock at the hands of Joe Louis—is here given an earnest picture-book treatment. Read full book review >
RENT PARTY JAZZ by William Miller
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Simply terrific. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Dignified and joyful illustrations underscore a story of a group of people who find themselves in dire economic straits yet rise above these limitations through their collective creative efforts. Read full book review >
TITUBA by William Miller
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"It is unfortunate that it accompanies a flawed text. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The intriguingly complicated story of Tituba and the Salem witch trials is presented for a young audience with some liberties taken with the facts that are actually known about her. Read full book review >
THE PIANO by William Miller
Released: June 1, 2000

"A lovely book with an understated message. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this gentle story set in the early 1900s, music brings a young African-American girl and an elderly white woman together. Read full book review >
THE BUS RIDE by William Miller
Released: July 15, 1998

"The approach is low-key, but readers will feel the winds of history rustle in these pages. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Miller (Richard Wright and the Library Card, 1997, etc.) reimagines the story of Rosa Parks's historic refusal to give up her bus seat as it might have happened to Sara, a young girl with an intuitive grasp of right and wrong. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A challenging endeavor, and an accomplished one. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An episode from the autobiography of Richard Wright is skillfully fictionalized, resulting in a suspenseful and gratifying story about the power of reading. Read full book review >
A HOUSE BY THE RIVER by William Miller
Released: May 1, 1997

"A quiet book—though not one to hand to children in the flood-wracked Midwest—with an unassuming, but sturdy, message. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Miller (The Knee-High Man, 1996) finds metaphors in the smooth shell of an egg, in a storm, and in the family bonds with those who have passed away to tell the story of the house that shelters Belinda and her mother from the forces outside their door. Read full book review >
THE KNEE-HIGH MAN by William Miller
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The illustrations have a mysterious glassy glow; the knee-high man, however, doesn't really come across as knee-high. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A traditional African-American folktale retold by the author of Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree (1994, not reviewed), about a little man who wants to become bigger, louder, and meaner than he is. Read full book review >