Mike Venezia

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General Information

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Name: Mike Venezia

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction

Born: in New York City, New York


Website: www.mikevenezia.com

Email: Can be sent to the author via the "Contact Mike" page on his website.


Illinois Connection

Mike was born in New York and his family moved back and forth between there and Chicago until he was 10 years old when they permanently settled in Chicago. He also graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mike is retired from the Leo Burnett Advertising agency in Chicago. He has produced over 120 books under the following series titles:

  • Getting to know the World's Greatest Composers
  • Getting to know the World's Greatest Artists
  • Getting to know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists
  • Scientists Getting to know the US Presidents

His recent retirement will allow him to write full time!

Published Works

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Children's Press, 1995
  • Aaron Copland, Children's Press, 1995
  • George Handel, Children's Press, 1995
  • Peter Tchaikovsky, Children's Press, 1995
  • George Gershwin, Children's Press, 1995
  • Duke Ellington, Children's Press, 1996
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Children's Press, 1996
  • Igor Stravinsky, Children's Press, 1997
  • The Beatles, Children's Press, 1997
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Children's Press, 1998
  • Leonard Bernstein, Children's Press, 1998
  • John Philip Sousa, Children's Press, 1999
  • Johannes Brahms, Children's Press, 1999
  • Frederic Chopin, Children's Press, 2000

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists

  • Rembrandt, Children's Press, 1988
  • Picasso, Children's Press, 1988
  • Van Gogh, Children's Press, 1989
  • Da Vinci, Children's Press, 1989
  • Monet, Children's Press, 1990
  • Edward Hopper, Children's Press, 1990
  • Paul Klee, Children's Press, 1991
  • Francisco Goya, Children's Press, 1991
  • Michelangelo, Children's Press, 1991
  • Mary Cassatt, Children's Press, 1991
  • Botticelli, Children's Press, 1991
  • Paul Gauguin, Children's Press, 1992
  • Salvador Dali, Children's Press, 1993
  • Pieter Bruegel, Children's Press, 1993
  • Georgia O'Keefe, Children's Press, 1994
  • Jackson Pollock, Children's Press, 1994
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Children's Press, 1995
  • Pierre Auguste Renoir, Children's Press, 1996
  • Grant Wood, Children's Press, 1996
  • Henri Matisse, Children's Press, 1997
  • El Greco, Children's Press, 1997
  • Andy Warhol, Children's Press, 1997
  • Paul Cezanne, Children's Press, 1998
  • Frida Kahlo, Children's Press, 1999
  • Alexander Calder, Children's Press, 1999
  • Marc Chagall, Children's Press, 2000
  • Jacob Lawrence, Children's Press, 2000
  • Giotto, Children's Press, 2000
  • Norman Rockwell, Children's Press, 2001
  • Raphael, Children's Press, 2001
  • Dorothea Lange, Children's Press, 2001
  • Edgar Degas, Children's Press, 2001
  • Johannes Vermeer, Children's Press, 2001
  • Roy Lichtenstein, Children's Press, 2002
  • Henri Rousseau, Children's Press, 2002
  • Rene Margritte, Children's Press, 2003
  • George Seurat, Children's Press, 2003
  • James McNeill Whistler, Children's Press, 2003
  • Titian, Children's Press, 2003
  • Frederic Remington, Children's Press, 2003
  • Eugene Delacroix, Children's Press, 2003
  • Grandma Moses, Children's Press, 2004
  • Winslow Homer, Children's Press, 2004
  • Camille Pissarro, Children's Press, 2004
  • Diego Velazquez, Children's Press, 2004
  • Faith Ringgold, Children's Press, 2008
  • Horace Pippin, Children's Press, 2008
  • Diego Rivera, Children's Press, 2009

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists

  • Marie Curie: Scientist Who Made Glowing Discoveries, Children's Press, 2009
  • Stephen Hawking: Cosmologist Who Gets a Big Bang Out of the Universe, Children's Press, 2009
  • Albert Einstein: Universal Genius, Children's Press, 2009
  • Thomas Edison: Inventor with a Lot of Bright Ideas, Children's Press, 2009
  • Henry Ford: Big Wheel in the Auto Industry, Children's Press, 2009
  • Alexander Graham Bell: Setting the Tone for Communication, Children's Press, 2009
  • Mary Leakey: Archaeologist Who Really Dug her Work, Children's Press, 2009
  • Benjamin Franklin: Electrified the World with New Ideas, Children's Press, 2009
  • Charles Drew: Doctor Who got the World Pumped Up to Donate Blood, Children's Press, 2009
  • The Wright Brothers: Inventors Whose Ideas Really Took Flight, Children's Press, 2010
  • Jane Goodall: Researcher Who Champions Chimps, Children's Press, 2010
  • Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak: Geek Heroes Who Put the Personal in Computers, Children's Press, 2010
  • Lise Meitner: Had the Right Vision about Nuclear Fission, Children's Press, 2010
  • Rachel Carson: Clearing the Way for Environmental Protection, Children's Press, 2010
  • Daniel Hale Williams: Surgeon Who Opened Hearts and Minds, Children's Press, 2010
  • Luis Alvarez: Wild Idea Man, Children's Press, 2010

Getting to Know the US Presidents

  • James Madison: Fourth President 1809 - 1817, Children's Press, 2004
  • George Washington: First President 1789 - 1797, Children's Press, 2005
  • John Adams: Second President 1797 - 1801, Children's Press, 2005
  • Thomas Jefferson: Third President 1801 - 1809, Children's Press, 2005
  • James Monroe: Fifth President 1817 - 1825, Children's Press, 2005
  • John Quincy Adams: Sixth President 1825 - 1829, Children's Press, 2005
  • Andrew Jackson: Seventh President, Children's Press, 2005
  • Martin Van Buren: Eighth President 1837 - 1841, Children's Press, 2005
  • William Henry Harrison: Ninth President 1841, Children's Press, 2005
  • John Tyler: Tenth President 1841 - 1845, Children's Press, 2005
  • James K. Polk: Eleventh President 1845 - 1849, Children's Press, 2005
  • Zachary Taylor: Twelfth President 1849 - 1850, Children's Press, 2005
  • Millard Fillmore: Thirteenth President, Children's Press, 2005
  • Franklin Pierce: Fourteenth President, Children's Press, 2005
  • James Buchanan: Fifteenth President, Children's Press, 2005
  • Abraham Lincoln: Sixteenth President 1861 - 1865, Children's Press, 2005
  • Andrew Johnson: Seventeenth President, Children's Press, 2005
  • Ulysses S. Grant: Eighteenth President 1869 - 1877, Children's Press, 2006
  • Rutherford B. Hayes: Nineteenth President 1877 - 1881, Children's Press, 2006
  • James Garfield: Twentieth President, Children's Press, 2006
  • Chester A. Arthur: Twenty-First President 1881 - 1885, Children's Press, 2006
  • Grover Cleveland: Twenty-Second and Twenty-Fourth President 1885 - 1889 1893 - 1897, Children's Press, 2006
  • Benjamin Harrison: Twenty-Third President, Children's Press, 2006
  • William McKinley: Twenty-Fifth President 1897 - 1901, Children's Press, 2006
  • Theodore Roosevelt: Twenty-Sixth President 1901 - 1909, Children's Press, 2006
  • William Howard Taft: Twenty-Seventh President 1909 - 1913, Children's Press, 2006
  • Woodrow Wilson: Twenty-Eighth President1913 - 1921, Children's Press, 2006
  • Warren G. Harding: Twenty-Ninth President 1921 - 1923, Children's Press, 2006
  • Calvin Coolidge: Thirtieth President 1923 - 1929, Children's Press, 2006
  • Herbert Hoover: Thirty-First President 1929 - 1933, Children's Press, 2006
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: Thirty-Second President 1933 - 1945, Children's Press, 2007
  • Harry S. Truman: Thirty-Third President 1945 - 1953, Children's Press, 2007
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower: Thirty-Fourth President 1953 - 1961, Children's Press, 2007
  • John F. Kennedy: Thirty-Fifth President 1961 - 1963, Children's Press, 2007
  • Lyndon B. Johnson: Thirty-Sixth President 1963 - 1969, Children's Press, 2007
  • Richard M. Nixon: Thirty-Seventh President 1969 - 1974, Children's Press, 2007
  • Bill Clinton: Forty-Second President 1993 - 2001, Children's Press, 2007
  • Gerald R. Ford: Thirty-Eighth President 1974 - 1977, Children's Press, 2008
  • Jimmy Carter: Thirty-Ninth President 1977 - 1981, Children's Press, 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: Fortieth President 1981 - 1989, Children's Press, 2008
  • George Bush: Forty-First President 1989 - 1993, Children's Press, 2008
  • George W. Bush: Forty-Third President 2001 - Present, Children's Press, 2007

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Salvador Dali (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

ISBN: 0516422960
Release Date: 1993-09

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The Beatles (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers)

ISBN: 0516261479
Release Date: 1997-09

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Norman Rockwell (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

ISBN: 9780516271736
Release Date: 2001-03

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Frederic Chopin (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers)

ISBN: 0516265342
Release Date: 2000-03-01

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Andrew Jackson: Seventh President, 1829-1837 (Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents)

ISBN: 0516274813
Release Date: 2005-09-01

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Marie Curie: Scientist Who Made Glowing Discoveries (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists)

ISBN: 053122208X
Release Date: 2009-03-01

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Diego Rivera (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

ISBN: 0516422995
Release Date: 1995-03

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The Wright Brothers: Inventors Whose Ideas Really Took Flight (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors and Scientists)

ISBN: 0531223531
Release Date: 2010-09

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Jane Goodall: Researcher Who Champions Chimps (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors and Scientists)

ISBN: 0531223523
Release Date: 2010-09

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Literary Awards

Abraham Lincoln: 16th President, 1861-1865, 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

Mike Venezia on WorldCat

Mike Venezia on Amazon

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