MARTY'S BOOKS

COMING SEPTEMBER 5!












PICTURE BOOK
Illustrated by Marty Kelley
Sleeping Bear Press, 2016
Ages 5-8

Kids will love this adorably funny Christmas story for all its kooky details and for its underlying message of love.  The illustrations add all the joy that can be imagined to this funny holiday tale.  MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW


On their own, Santa and underwear are generally picture book winners; together, they’ll keep kids plenty amused—and hoping their own Christmas gifts don’t include much underwear. PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY


A troupe of entertaining elves, a jolly Santa, and lots of underwear jokes add up to Christmas chuckles in this engaging story.  KIRKUS REVIEWS


Emily and Carlo                        
Illustrated by Catherine Stock
Charlesbridge, 2012
Ages 5-8

The story of poet Emily Dickinson and her beloved Newfoundland, Carlo.


Emily Dickinson did have a love interest. His name was Carlo.
He was a dog, a Newfoundland, a great, slobbering, shaggy mess of a creature, which undercuts any notions of primness modern readers may harbor of Miss Dickinson. As Figley draws forth their gathering affection, she reveals important aspects of Dickinson's relationship to the world, her deep-running shyness that led to a reclusive life. But her time with Carlo, some 16 years, was full of beauty and meaning, as expertly coaxed from her poems and letters. The path to her brother's house, "just wide enough for two who love"; "I started early, took my dog, / And visited the sea." They were a couple, surely-they shared sweeps of time, they endured separations, they went calling-and when the end came for Carlo, Dickinson did not dodge the sting: " 'Twas my one glory- / Let it be / Remembered / I was owned of thee." And if a moodiness still pervades the proceedings, something blue, the tone is lifted by Stock's watercolors, which are as drenched in color as a sun room painted by Childe Hassam.  KIRKUS REVIEWS

ON MY OWN HISTORY

Illustrated by Shelly O. Hause
Carolrhoda/Lerner, 2004
Ages  7-10
               
The story of the horrific 1888 blizzard that swept across the Midwest, and the heroic actions of schoolteacher Minnie Freeman as she leads her students to safety.

This fast-paced, high-interest tale set in Nebraska is based on the true story of Minnie Freeman, a teacher who led her students to safety through the deadly blizzard of January 12, 1888. Well-painted, realistic watercolors depict their struggle to find a safe haven and blend well with the exciting text. A good choice for newly independent readers, this story can be used in conjunction with the study of 19th-century prairie life.  SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Illustrated by Kevin Lepp
Lerner 2004
Ages 7-10

The story of how eleven-year-old Johnny Mickley and his father save the Liberty Bell when the British invade Philadelphia.  

The easy-reader format will bring history alive for young readers, and the dramatic paintings, some full page, reflect the action and the characters' emotions.  SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL




Salvar a la Campana de la Libertad
Illustrated by Kevin Lepp
Lerner 2006
Ages 7-10




Spanish version of Saving the Liberty Bell.






WashingtonBurning
Illustrated by Craig Orback
Millbrook/Lerner Press 2006
Ages 7-10

The story of how slave Paul Jennings helps Dolly Madison save a famous painting when the British burn the white House.

Notable for telling  a historical event from the viewpoint of a slave.  SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Illustrated by Craig Orback
Lerner 
Ages 7-10

The story of African-American Paul Jenning's bravery as a prisoner of war during the Revolutionary War.

In dramatic words and vivid paintings, this entry in the On My Own History series celebrates the heroism of an African American teen in the Revolutionary War. Born free,15-year-old James Forten joined the crew of the Royal Louis as a sailor. When the British captured the ship, he refused the chance to escape to help a sickly white friend. An impressive bibliography suggests that the narrative’s dramatized passages have been thoughtfully reconstructed, and a foreword and afterword frame the incident. This inspiring, personal story will help draw early readers into U.S. history. BOOKLIST



Illustrated by Felicia Marshall
Millbrook/Lerner Press 2009
Ages 7-10

The story of the great New Madrid earthquake.

This beginner's chapter book is based on actual events and will certainly intrigue young readers.  CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

HISTORY SPEAKS (includes Reader's Theatre)
Illustrated by David Riley
Lerner Classroom 2010
Ages 8 and up

The story of how Willie Kettles, the youngest telegrapher in the War Department, takes an important message for President Lincoln and the country during the Civil War.
Fun for classroom reading and discussion.  BOOKLIST




Illustrated by Craig Orback
Lerner Classroom 2011
Ages 8 and up

Eleven-year-old Clara Morgans adventures on the Oregon Trail (based on the memoir of Philura Vanderburgh).

Fun for classroom reading and discussion.  BOOKLIST
Illustrated by Craig Orback
Lerner Classroom 2010
Ages 8 and up

The true story of John Greenwood, a fifer in the Revolutionary War. 

The idea behind this book is a good one, since presenting the story, and then having students act it out, is likely to make it both fun and enjoyable.  CHILDREN'S LITERATURE



HISTORY'S KIDS HEROES


The Prison-Ship Adventure of James Forten, Revolutionary War Captive
                                   Illustrated by Zachary Trover  
     Graphic Universe/Lerner 2010
    Ages 8-112

The graphic version of Prisoner for Liberty.



School Library Journal:  Beyond Black and White: 25 Graphic Novels for African American History Month.  January, 2012.
                                      Illustrated y Ted Hammond, Richard Pimentel Carbajal
Graphic Universe/Lerner 2011
Ages 8-11

The graphic version of The Schoolchildren's Blizzard.






                   




SIX QUESTIONS OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Lerner Publishing Group 2012
Ages 9-12


A biography of William Penn.