Featured books by Robert Burleigh

Abraham Lincoln Comes Home

By: Robert Burleigh
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Luke and his father travel by buggy to pay respects to the train carrying the assassinated Abraham Lincoln from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois. Evocative text and illustration are well-researched to capture the period from a child's point of view.

Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! Listen to the City

By: Robert Burleigh
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Rhyming couplets describe city sounds with illustrations embedding the onomatopoeic sounds.

Edward Hopper Paints His World

By: Robert Burleigh
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

In an afterword, the author asks if an artist can be a hero or an explorer. The answer is sure to be a resounding 'yes' after examining this thoughtful, attractive and informative overview of artist Edward Hopper and his work. Several Hopper paintings, selected quotes, additional resources and a note from the illustrator are included.

Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh

By: Robert Burleigh
Illustrated by: Mike Wimmer
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Charles Lindbergh was only 25 years old when he made his historic non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Through Burleigh's vivid retelling and Wimmer's bold paintings, the reader soars with Lindbergh as he follows his dream.

Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth

By: Robert Burleigh
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A poetic account of the legendary Babe Ruth as he prepares to make a home run.

If You Spent the Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond

By: Robert Burleigh
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Who is Henry David Thoreau? What would it be like to spend a day with him? A contemporary boy depicted in blue jeans and a t-shirt knocks at his door and meets the 19th century Thoreau, as the imaginative text fills in what it might have been like. Expressive illustrations, quotes, and gentle interpretations bring Thoreau and his world to light for younger readers.

Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer

By: Robert Burleigh
Illustrated by: Raul Colon
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Meet Henrietta Leavitt, a 19th century pioneer for women in science. From careful observations, Leavitt discovered that the brightness of a star determines its distance from Earth and her work helped us better understand the vastness of the universe. Warm colored pencil and watercolor illustrations by Colon create a contemplative mood. Back matter includes quotes about stars, a glossary, information about other female astronomers, and more.

One Giant Leap

By: Robert Burleigh
Illustrated by: Mike Wimmer
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Poetic language and striking illustrations evoke the drama of the first lunar landing. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's first impressions are captured with awe and may well inspire young scientists.

Pandora

By: Robert Burleigh
Illustrated by: Raul Colon
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Myths and Legends

Elegant illustrations decorate this free verse retelling of the young woman whose curiosity about the contents of a forbidden jar brought trouble into the world. A large format and limited text make this sophisticated telling more accessible.

Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson Against the Odds

By: Robert Burleigh
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Lush, realistic illustrations combine with a simple text to suggest what it must have been like when the pioneering Jackie Robinson played ball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Additional factual information is included in what is made to look like baseball cards on each page. The result is a handsome book that can be appreciated by different ages.

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