Picture book biographies coming in 2015

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Illustration by Adam Gustavson from Fab Four Friends

Illustration by Adam Gustavson
from Fab Four Friends

Inspired by Greg Leitich Smith’s annual list of books from our Austin writing community, I thought I’d start compiling the picture book biographies scheduled for publication in 2015 (including a pair of mine).

I know there are lots more picture book biographies on their way from publishers recognized by SCBWI, so if you’re interested in helping keep this list reasonably complete and up to date, please let me know in the comments which ones ought to be added.

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Eerdmans), written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate

Earmuffs for Everyone!: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books), written and illustrated by Meghan McCarthy

Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King (Henry Holt), written and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen

Emmanuel’s Dream (Schwartz & Wade), written by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls

Fab Four Friends: The Boys Who Became the Beatles (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt), written by Susanna Reich and illustrated by Adam Gustavson

The Hole Story of the Doughnut (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), written by Pat Miller

The House that Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams (Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books), written by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Kathryn Brown

In Mary’s Garden (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), written and illustrated by Tina and Carson Kugler

One Plastic Bag (Millbrook), written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Pioneers & Pirouettes: The Story of the First American Nutcracker (Millbrook), written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Cathy Gendron

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Peachtree), written and illustrated by Don Tate

Step Right Up: The Story of Beautiful Jim Key (Lee & Low), written by Donna Bowman Bratton and illustrated by Daniel Minter

Vivien Thomas – The Man Who Saved the Blue Babies (Lee & Low), written by Gwendolyn Hooks

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7 Responses to “Picture book biographies coming in 2015”

  1. Miranda Paul says:

    My debut picture book, ONE PLASTIC BAG (current title, may change!) is forthcoming from Lerner Publications / Millbrook Press in Spring 2015. It’s the story of Isatou Ceesay and five Gambian women who started one of their country’s first creative recycling projects, despite hardship and ridicule. PB/Biography – Thanks for sharing!

  2. Chris Barton says:

    Thanks, Miranda — I’m looking forward to seeing your book. And I hope your experience with Millbrook has been a great one!

  3. Pat Miller says:

    Thanks, Chris, for including THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT, the story of a Maine Master Mariner named Hanson Gregory. It wasn’t his seafaring prowess or his royal medal for bravery that made his name. That happened the day he punched a hole in doughy “sinkers” as a teen assistant to the ship’s cook. Several legends sprang up about Gregory’s invention—-but my book is the true hole story!

  4. Chris Barton says:

    You’re welcome, Pat! Who’s doing the illustrations for THE HOLE STORY?

  5. Pat Miller says:

    He/She hasn’t been announced yet. Fingers crossed!

  6. Tina Kugler says:

    Hi Chris!
    IN MARY’S GARDEN (Houghton Mifflin) comes out May 2015. It is a picture book about Wisconsin artist Mary Nohl, who created amazing sculptures from the humblest of materials, written and illustrated by Tina and Carson Kugler.
    Thanks!
    Tina Kugler
    http://tinakugler.squarespace.com/books/

  7. Chris Barton says:

    Thanks, Tina — and congrats! I’m looking forward to reading it.

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