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Featured books by Kathleen Krull

Katherine Krull's lively style of writing brings to life a range of people and a wide variety of interests. From writers to musicians, from music to magic, Krull's books inform and inspire readers of all ages.

A Pot o' Gold: A Treasury of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, & (of course) Blarney

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: David McPhail
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A wide selection of Irish poems, music, stories and folktales are presented along with delicate, evocative line and wash illustrations. Sure to please a range of listeners, this collection is ideal for sharing aloud.

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Yuyi Morales
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

As a young boy, Cesar Chavez grew up on an 80-acre ranch in Arizona in the midst of joyous family reunions. When his family had to leave Arizona, however, to work as migrant laborers in California, their lives were turned upside down. During these excrutiating days and nights, Cesar struggled — but then found the resolve to one day help his fellow workers. Yuyi Morales brings Cesar's childhood and early days as an organizer to life with stunning illustrations.

Houdini: World's Greatest Mystery Man & Escape King

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Realistic illustrations and appealing text introduce the life and magical feats of one of the world's greatest showmen and best known magician, Harry Houdini.

I Hear America Singing! Folksongs for American Families

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Allen Garns
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The words for over 60 well known traditional American folksongs (e.g., "Home on the Range," "Michael Row the Boat Ashore") and easy-to-follow music are presented in an illustrated, oversized format. Notes about each song's origin and a music CD are included.

Isaac Newton: Giants of Science

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Boris Kulikov
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Perhaps his difficult childhood helped create the brilliant scientist (but rude man) he became. A complete portrait of Newton and his contributions to science are presented in a conversational text punctuated with droll illustrations.

Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Steve Johnson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Perhaps it was growing up in a time before television that fueled Jim Henson's creativity, fondness for puppets, and love of invention that resulted in his lasting contributions. Henson's life (including the Muppets) is presented in clear text and spirited illustrations.

Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought)

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Kathryn Hewitt
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Short, clever, sometimes irreverent snapshots introduce a range of artists and their peculiarities. From Michelangelo to Georgia O'Keefe, the artists are presented in brief essays accompanied by lighthearted illustrations.

Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Kathryn Hewitt
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Short, fresh and fun essays present a broad array of musicians and their music - from Bach to Guthrie to Joplin with lots in between. Unexpected information can be found in each informal entry along with caricatured portraits.

M is for Music

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Stacey Innerst
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The alphabet is used as a device to introduce the vocabulary for a range of musical styles as well as the names of famous musicians. Jaunty illustrations combine with energetic language for an intriguing glimpse into music and musicians.

Maria Molina and the Days of the Dead

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Enrique O. Sanchez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Maria's story begins as she honors her baby brother on the first Day of the Dead. Maria is sad about the deaths in her family, but she feels a little bit better while she spends time with her family. When her parents go North to the United States, however, Maria has to confront a new kinds of sadness — until the family is again reunited and Maria helps them maintain their important traditions in a new place. Young children who have experienced loss or separation may feel a particular connection with Maria and her story.

The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)

By: Kathleen Krull, Paul Brewer
Illustrated by: Stacey Innerst
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A group of young men from Liverpool changed the world of music and they enjoyed a good laugh — often on themselves. The Fab Four and their humor are presented in appealing stylized illustrations and a lighthearted narrative well suited to the material presented.

The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss

By: Kathleen Krull
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

How Theodore Geisel, a dreamer and doodler from Springfield, Massachusetts, came to be Dr. Seuss, is reveled through a concise text and selected early work by the artist. This book provides a rare glimpse into the personal life of the innovative children's book author and illustrator.

The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Greg Couch
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Two machines captivated young Philo Farnsworth: a telephone and a phonograph. Both had cranks and both connected people with others (one in real time, the other through music). These and other inspirations motivated young Philo to invent what was to become known as the television. His early story is fascinatingly told and well illustrated.

What Really Happened in Roswell? Just the Facts (Plus the Rumors) About UFOs and Aliens

By: Kathleen Krull
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Something stunning happened in an isolated desert town in 1947 that made Roswell, New Mexico, famous. Fact and fiction about the space ship and alien sightings in Roswell are presented and put into a broader historical context. Sketches and open format help create a not-too-serious tone for this appealing book.

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman

By: Kathleen Krull, David Diaz
Illustrated by: David Diaz
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Wilma Rudolph not only overcame polio, she went on to become the first woman to win three Olympic gold medals in Rome in 1960. Semiabstract paintings convey her power and personality in this accessible picture book biography.

Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Jane Dyer
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Overcoming a difficult childhood, Victoria took control of her own destiny in sometimes unorthodox ways and became the first woman to run for U.S. President in 1872 before women even had the right to vote (Frederick Douglass was nominated to run as Vice President). Photorealistic illustrations add to this remarkable tale of a woman who was truly ahead of her time.

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