Featured books by Matt Tavares

Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin

By: Matt Tavares
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Striking illustrations and short chapters capture the drama of the man who walked from the United States to Canada — on a tightrope — over Niagara Falls. This little known event took place in the mid-19th century. Additional information is included.

Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues

By: Matt Tavares
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Pedro Martinez grew up in the Dominican Republic but became a star in baseball’s major leagues. His life is presented in luminous illustrations and readable text all presented in a large and appealing format.

Henry Aaron's Dream

By: Matt Tavares
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

In spite of growing up in the 1940s before the United States was integrated, in a segregated Mobile, Alabama, Henry Aaron dreamed of playing baseball. His perseverance and courage paid off; he was to become one of the most talented and revered players, whose major league career spanned from 1954 through 1976. He was also a vocal spokesperson for equality between white and black players. Aaron's early life, his career, and his impact on the game are revealed in an honest, sometimes difficult text and richly colored paintings.

Books illustrated by Matt Tavares

Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot

By: Matthew Clark Smith
Illustrated by: Matt Tavares
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Sophie admired Jean-Pierre Blanchard, the first man to cross the English Channel in a hot air balloon. She would marry him and become the first woman to first fly solo in a balloon after her husband’s death. Colorful illustrations dramatically bring 18th century France to life; when coupled with an action-paced text Sophie and her bravery come into crisp focus.

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