Featured books by Wendell Minor

If You Were a Panda Bear

By: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Meet a panda, moon bear, sloth bear, sun bear, and other kinds (plus a teddy bear) in simple rhyming text and gentle illustrations. Bear facts and where to find additional information conclude this easy informational picture book.

My Farm Friends

By: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
Genre: Poetry

Meet the many animals that live on a farm in gentle rhymes and soft, highly realistic illustrations. Questions posed are likely to engage young listeners while adults will appreciate the additional information presented at the end.

Books illustrated by Wendell Minor

Abe Lincoln Remembers

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

Before leaving for Ford's Theater, Abraham Lincoln reflects on his life — his accomplishments and disappointments. Realistic illustrations reflect the serious tone of this unusual glimpse of the 16th President.

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.

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.

Everglades

By: Jean Craighead George
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

As an Indian storyteller guides a boat of children down the sea of grass, he reveals the story of the landscape's formation of what was to become a subtropical national park home to many unique animals. This carefully crafted and handsomely illustrated cautionary tale urges conservation, as the future of the Everglades depends on it.

Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot

By: Anita Silvey
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Knox was a Boston bookseller in Colonial America who would go on to join the Continental Army and later the young country's first Secretary of War. Silvey presents the "dramatic story of his achievements [which is a…] little-known episode in the history of the American Revolution. Source notes, time line, bibliography, [and] map" are included. (Quoted from the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt site)

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 to the Stars

By: Buzz Aldrin
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin takes the reader on a journey through centuries of air and space aviation, from Isaac Newton to exploring Mars to futuristic space tours. Fascinating details and a timeline are embedded throughout.

Reaching for the Moon

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

Aldrin relates how he, the second man to walk on the Moon, became interested in aeronautics and flying. The result is a fascinating look at his personal history as well as the history of flight accompanied by precise but equally engaging illustrations.

The Last Train

By: Gordon Titcomb
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

The train's illustrious past combines with realistic illustrations to successfully present a reverent homage and history. The rhyming text is from an original song. Additional resources to learn more about trains and their history concludes this handsome book.

The Magic of Letters

By: Tony Johnston
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

“Letters hold magic…they open worlds.” Playful and rich, powerful, giggling, bewitching words are all presented in different typefaces, playfully illustrated to evoke their command and enchantment. Sure to intrigue, try reading this aloud for full, dynamic effect. You’ll never look at the alphabet in quite the same way!

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