Menu

Featured books by David Adler

Who likes math and mysteries, biographies and baseball? Who can write about these subjects and more — all in a crisp, clear and child-friendly fashion? David Adler, of course! Here's a short sampling of his books.

A Picture Book Biography of Benjamin Franklin

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: John Wallner
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This introduction to the life and work of inventor, statesman and printer Benjamin Franklin is presented in straightforward text and detailed illustrations

A Picture Book Biography of George Washington

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Alexandra Wallner
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The life of the first President of the United States, George Washington, is presented in uncomplicated language and meticulous illustrations.

A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez

By: David Adler, Michael Adler
Illustrated by: Marie Olofsdotter
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

"The selfless struggles of labor leader Chavez are given a tempered and lucid treatment in this educational overview… The characters are drawn in an intentionally stiff style that fits with the depth-challenged folk art backgrounds, most of which are dominated by the color of sand. The text, meanwhile, is peppered with quotes from Chavez, all of which are backed up with source notes. An elegant introduction to a man who inspired thousands."
Daniel Kraus, Booklist

A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson

By: David Adler, Robert Casilla
Illustrated by: Robert Casilla
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A portrait of a true American sports hero, Jackie Robinson, who was the first African American to play on a major league baseball team.

A Picture Book of Jesse Owens

By: David Adler, Robert Casilla
Illustrated by: Robert Casilla
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Jesse Owens was a breakthrough athlete – an African American who captured the world stage (and four gold medals!) at the 11th Olympiad in Nazi Germany. In this book, readers will learn about his life through brief text and watercolor illustrations. Younger readers may enjoy Patricia and Fredrick McKissack’s picture book, Jesse Owens: Olympic Star.

A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams

By: David Adler, Michael Adler
Illustrated by: Ronald Himler
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When John and Abigail first met, they didn't really like each other but came to appreciate the other's strengths: Abigail had her own opinions; John was honest and witty. After their marriage, Abigail expertly handled home, family, and more during her husband's frequent travel and was the earliest First Lady to live in the Executive Mansion. This is a graceful introduction to an early first family.

A Picture Book of Louis Braille

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: John Wallner
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The story of Louis Braille, the Frenchman who invented the raised-dot alphabet/code now used around the world by blind and visually impaired readers. The text traces Braille's life from the childhood accident that caused him to lose his sight through his career at the National Institute for Blind Children in Paris. Readers can feel the alphabet and numbers from 1-10 at the back of the book.

America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

By: David Adler, Terry Widener
Illustrated by: Terry Widener
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Trudy Ederle loved to swim and was determined to be the best. Through hard work and determination she became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

Bones and the Birthday Mystery

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Barbara Newman
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Jeffrey Bones narrates this easy-to-read mystery that begins with his preparation for his grandfather's birthday celebration, introduces a lost present, and ultimately moves to a satisfying resolution. New readers will appreciate the textual and visual clues which allow them to solve the mystery along with young Bones.

Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery

By: David Adler
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Cam Jansen's photographic memory once again foils the bad guy as she helps catch the thief who snitches her grandparents' luggage — along with birthday gifts for Cam's parents — at the airport. There is a lot to celebrate in this well-paced and engagingly narrated mystery.

Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Joy Allen
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Cam (short for "Camera") uses her photographic memory to help solve the theft of the cans and bottles to be recycled to earn money for her school. This installment in the gentle mystery series features a particularly timely topic.

Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Susanna Natti
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A theft occurs when the governor – a Presidential candidate escorted by the Secret Service – visits Cam's school to dedicate the new library. Cam and her friend Eric set out to solve the mystery of the missing pearls, recognizing those who help along the way.

Fraction Fun

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Nancy Tobin
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Lighthearted illustrations help the straightforward text clarify a tough concept: fractions. Using things familiar to children, the hands-on activities illuminate the ideas while kids are having fun doing "pizza math" and weighing tissues and coins.

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man

By: David Adler, Terry Widener
Illustrated by: Terry Widener
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Lou Gehrig played 2130 consecutive games for the Yankees (a record that stood until Cal Ripkin many years later). His story as a baseball great is told simply and with humility, reflecting the man himself. As his health deteriorated, Gehrig gave his farewell to a filled Yankee Stadium, declaring he was indeed the "luckiest man on the face of the earth."

Mama Played Baseball

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Chris O'Leary
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

While her father is away, Amy's mother must get a job. But it's not the usual kind of employment; Amy's mom becomes a professional baseball player! Told from Amy's perspective, historical detail of the World War II period is conveyed through an engaging narrative and stylized paintings.

Millions, Billions and Trillions: Understanding Big Numbers

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Edward Miller
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A billion is a big number, bigger than a million. "It's written like this: 1,000,000,000 — one followed by nine zeroes." There aren't even that many hairs on your head! Colorful illustrations and child-friendly comparisons bring these huge numbers into clearer focus in both words and numerals enhanced by bright, cheery illustrations.

Mystery Math: A First Book of Algebra

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Edward Miller
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Mysterious, humorously spooky illustrations and easy, engaging text demystifies the mystery of basic algebra, further clarified by a suggested activity.

Perimeter, Area and Volume: A Monster Book of Dimensions

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Edward Miller
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A group of movie-making monsters introduce the concepts needed to make a 3-dimensional film: width, height, depth. Related ideas and vocabulary follow (e.g., circumference, area, etc.) also presented with the same light touch. Flat, silly-but-colorful monsters lead the exploration to its conclusion.

Satchel Paige: Don’t Look Back

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Terry Widener
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Baseball great Satchel Paige was a successful pitcher in the Negro Leagues and went on to play in the Major Leagues for several teams. Stylized illustrations increase the Paige legend using exaggerated poses and unique perspective.

Things that Float and Things that Don't

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Anna Raff
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Discover why boats — even filled with people — can float, but a small pebble sinks in water. Easy experiments and lucid explanations are presented with cartoon-like illustrations to bring concepts like density and displacement into focus for readers of all ages.

Time Zones

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Edward Miller
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Why is the time different in New York and in Tokyo at the same moment? How time zones were developed and standardized are clearly presented in this lighthearted but informative look at the science and history of time and travel.

Triangles

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Edward Miller
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Everything one needs to know about triangles and angles is presented in a brief but informative and upbeat manner, all colorfully illustrated. A few triangle experiments are clearly delineated and illustrated and sure to engage and may lead to other activities.

You Can, Toucan, Math: Word Problem-Solving Fun

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Edward Miller
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Various birds appear with riddles asking readers to use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to find the solutions. Rhymes engage readers while introducing word problems and are extended by the colorful illustrations.

Young Cam Jansen & the Double Beach Mystery

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Susanna Natti
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Cam Jansen, girl detective with a photographic memory, uses a beach umbrella to find her mother again. But something is different when she and her friend, Eric, return. Readers will join Cam as she closely looks for clues and uses reasoning for the inevitable and satisfying reunion.

Young Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth

By: David Adler, Susanna Natti
Illustrated by: Susanna Natti
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Is there really such a thing as a "photographic memory"? That's how Cam Jansen got her nickname — Cam is short for Camera. And she uses her amazing ability all the time to solve mysteries — this time, to find a lost tooth.

Young Cam Jansen and the Substitute Mystery

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Susanna Natti
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When their regular teacher is out, a seemingly forgetful substitute takes over for the day. But has Mr. Baker really lost the homework and his coat or is there a mystery afoot? Once again, Cam's amazing memory and detecting skills are used successfully to solve the matter – and engage young readers.

Interested in wonderful interviews with tween and teen authors? Hop on over to our sister site, AdLit.org, and browse the library.

Proceeds from the sale of books purchased at Amazon.com help support the Reading Rockets project. Thank you!

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." — Garrison Keillor