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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert Burleigh  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1936 in Chicago, Illinois

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Burleigh was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from DePauw University and received his MA from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert Burleigh is an author and a painter. He paints under the name, Burleigh Kronquist. He has also published poems, reviews, essays, many filmstrips and videos, and more than 45 children’s picture books since the early 1980s. His books' subjects run a broad gamut, from stories geared for pre-schoolers to survival stories, sports stories, and biographies for younger readers. He currently resides in Michigan.


'Body of Work '

Prairie State Author of the Year, Illinois Reading Council, 2011

'Edward Hopper Paints His World '

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A man named Thoreau /
ISBN: 0021795010. OCLC Number: 32359876

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Pub. Co.,. .

Presents the life and ideas of the renowned nineteenth-century American author.

Abraham Lincoln comes home /
ISBN: 0805075291. OCLC Number: 175289878

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Told through the eyes of a young boy, the sober mood of the country after the Lincoln assassination is presented as he and many other mourners wait to pay their respects to their fallen president as Lincoln's funeral train travels from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois, in 1865.

Amelia Earhart free in the skies /
ISBN: 0152168109. OCLC Number: 48817932

Silver Whistle Harcourt,. .

An illustrated biography of the world-famous woman pilot known for her long and daring flights.

American moments :
ISBN: 0805070826. OCLC Number: 52108580

Henry Holt and Co.,. .

A look at a cross-section of people and events in American history from 1621 to 2001 representing the many facets of American life.

Black whiteness :
ISBN: 1442453346. OCLC Number: 34912621

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

An account of Admiral Richard Byrd's stay alone in a small shack during an antarctic winter.

Breaking waves :
ISBN: 0823447022. OCLC Number: 1159621201

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"A picture book about painter Winslow Homer's fascination with waves and the ocean"--

By my brother's side /
ISBN: 0689865597. OCLC Number: 52644547

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Introduces twin brothers Tiki and Ronde Barber, who worked hard to overcome obstacles and became National Football League stars, one as runningback for the New York Giants, the other as cornerback for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Chocolate /
ISBN: 0810957345. OCLC Number: 47254125

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Traces the history of chocolate from a drink of the Olmec and Maya and later in Europe to its popularity around the world today.

Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! :
ISBN: 1416940529. OCLC Number: 190760585

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

From morning until night, a city is filled with such sounds as the roars and snores of a subway ride, the flutters and coos of pigeons, and the shouts and beeps of drivers in traffic.

Earth from above for young readers /
ISBN: 0810934868. OCLC Number: 49531245

Harry N. Abrams,. .

Presents aerial photographs of various scenes from around the world including fishermen in Morrocco, a farm on the island of Crete, and a mangrove forest in New Caledonia.

Edna /
ISBN: 0531302466. OCLC Number: 42389523

Orchard Books,. .

Uses the imagined viewpoint of Edna St. Vincent Millay to recreate her early years as a poet in New York City. Includes her poem "Recuerdo" and a brief profile of her life.

Edward Hopper paints his world /
ISBN: 0805087524. OCLC Number: 858730913

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"As a boy, Edward Hopper knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: on the cover of his pencil box, he wrote the words EDWARD HOPPER, WOULD-BE ARTIST. He traveled to New York and to Paris to hone his craft. And even though no one wanted to buy his paintings for a long time, he never stopped believing in his dream to be an artist. He was fascinated with painting light and shadow and his works explore this challenge. Edward Hopper's story is one of courage, resilience, and determination. In this striking picture book biography, Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor invite young readers into the world of a truly special American painter (most celebrated for his paintings "Nighthawks" and "Gas")"--

Flight :
ISBN: 0399222723. OCLC Number: 21562856

Philomel Books,. .

Describes how Charles Lindbergh achieved the remarkable feat of flying nonstop and solo from New York to Paris in 1927.

Flight of the last dragon /
ISBN: 0399252002. OCLC Number: 769289512

Philomel Books,. .

Ultimon, once king of the dragons and now the last survivor, climbs out of the sewers in which he has been hiding and takes one last flight. Includes notes about the constellation Draco.

Fly, Cher Ami, fly! :
ISBN: 081097097X. OCLC Number: 180573303

Abrams Books for Young Readers,. .

Cher Ami was one of six hundred carrier pigeons used by the American Army during World War I. Cher Ami was a hero who, against all odds, helped rescue a lost battalion of soldiers.

Game day /
ISBN: 1416900934. OCLC Number: 56482212

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

Twin brothers Tiki and Ronde Barber share a story of perseverance and teamwork from when they were growing up and playing for the Cave Springs Vikings before they became NFL superstars. Ronde and Tiki are a team. They are twins, they are each other's best friends and biggest fans, and they play on the same football team, the Cave Spring Vikings. Ronde is #21 and Tiki is #22, always side by side. Tiki has had seven long touch-down runs this season, and Ronde is proud of his brother, but he can't help feeling a little down when Tiki gets all the glory. If Ronde hadn't been leading the way with his blocks, Tiki wouldn't have been clear to score. Ronde thinks nobody notices the guy who blocks; they only notice the guy who scores. Will the day ever come when Ronde will get his chance? Written by two NFL superstars, this story of perseverance and teamwork will inspire. Barry Root's glowing illustrations bring to life all the excitement and energy of a great game and a team working together.

George Bellows :
ISBN: 1419701665. OCLC Number: 747331973

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No punches are pulled in this fascinating biography that covers the life and work of the prolific artist George Bellows. Having spent most of his adult life in New York City, Bellows left behind an extraordinary body of work that captures life in this dynamic city: bustling street scenes, ringside views of boxing matches, and boys diving and swimming in the East River. Art reproductions and photographs from his youth round out the book.

Goal /
ISBN: 0152017895. OCLC Number: 40452943

Harcourt Brace,. .

Illustrations and poetic text describe the movement and feel of a fast-paced game of soccer.

Good-bye, Sheepie /
ISBN: 0761455981. OCLC Number: 311309975

Marshall Cavendish Children,. .

A father teaches his young son about death and remembrance as he buries their beloved dog.

Hercules /
ISBN: 0152016678. OCLC Number: 38289165

Silver Whistle,. .

Retells the story of the final, and most difficult, labor of Hercules, known as Heracles in Greek mythology, in which he must go to Underworld and bring back the three-headed dog, Cerberus.

Hit the road, Jack /
ISBN: 1419703994. OCLC Number: 781677460

Abrams Books for Young Readers,. .

A rabbit named Jack travels across the United States in a story based on the life of author Jack Kerouac.

Home Run
ISBN: 0613598997. OCLC Number: 43415234

Voyager Books. .

Hoops /
ISBN: 0152014500. OCLC Number: 34669311

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Illustrations and poetic text describe the movement and feel of the game of basketball.

I love going through this book /
ISBN: 006028806X. OCLC Number: 43063209

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For one reader, going through a book is an incredible adventure.

Into the air :
ISBN: 0152024921. OCLC Number: 44914118

Silver Whistle,. .

Describes how the Wright Brothers came to build and fly the first powered aircraft.

Into the woods :
ISBN: 1442453370. OCLC Number: 941033691

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It's funny where Ben's train takes him /
ISBN: 0531301060. OCLC Number: 38355443

Orchard Books,. .

Ben draws a train that takes him to all sorts of wonderful places before returning him to his own bed.

Langston's train ride /
ISBN: 0439352398. OCLC Number: 52520229

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Describes how the twentieth-century African American poet Langston Hughes affirms his vocation as a writer through the composition of his famous 1921 poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."

Look Up! :
ISBN: 1416958193. OCLC Number: 233798854

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

An illustrated portrait of astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt traces the years she spent measuring stars from her position at the Harvard College Observatory and her important discoveries that enabled the scientific community to gain a fuller understanding of the universe's vast size.

Lookin' for Bird in the big city /
ISBN: 0152020314. OCLC Number: 39202206

Harcourt,. .

A fictionalized account of the time when, as a teen-age music student, trumpeter Miles Davis spent many hours trying to find Charlie Parker in New York City.

Messenger, messenger /
ISBN: 0689821034. OCLC Number: 39116626

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Calvin Curbhopper, a bicycle messenger, makes his way through the city in all kinds of conditions to make sure that his messages get delivered on time.

Napoleon :
ISBN: 081091378x. OCLC Number: 70668805

Abrams Books for Young Readers, published in association with the American Federation of Arts,. .

A brief introductory biography of Napoleon.

Night flight :
ISBN: 9781416967330. OCLC Number: 289067817

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An account of Amelia Earhart's dangerous 1932 flight across the Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland to Ireland, in which she survived bad weather and a malfunctioning airplane. Includes a brief biography of the aviator.

O captain, my captain :
ISBN: 1419733583. OCLC Number: 1030447313

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Nonfiction picture book recounts how President Abraham Lincoln inspired the poet Walt Whitman during the Civil War.

One giant leap /
ISBN: 9780147511652. OCLC Number: 881522287

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A historical account of man's first walk on the moon, this book is a tribute that transports readers to the stars, where they will experience the moon landing just as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did.

Pandora /
ISBN: 0152021787. OCLC Number: 49499199

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Although Pandora has a house, gardens, and numerous gifts, she is drawn to the room that holds a forbidden jar. Is her curiosity a gift or a curse?

Paul Cézanne :
ISBN: 0810957841. OCLC Number: 59879438

H.N. Abrams ;. .

Introduces the life and work of the French painter, discussing the struggles of his early life, his friendships with other artists, and his lifelong commitment to developing his own unique style. Filled with Cezanne's paintings, period photographs, and the works of his contemporaries, this picture book biography illuminates the life and art of Cezanne for youngsters everywhere. A great and difficult artist, Cezanne's life and work are easily laid out for children in this important addition to the Abrams collection of picture book biographies. Burleigh tells how Cezanne overcame his father's rejection, critics' scorn, and public indifference to create his art and follow his own inner voice. Children will find inspiration in his story to follow their own dreams and to believe in themselves-as well as learning about Cezanne's major contributions to the history of art.

Play ball! /
ISBN: 141699825X. OCLC Number: 424555582

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Reader,. .

Presents a story of right-handed Jorge Posada being coached by his father to bat left-handed, and how it leads right to the major leagues.

Seurat and La Grande Jatte :
ISBN: 0810948117. OCLC Number: 52775123

H.N. Abrams in association with the Art Institute of Chicago,. .

An analysis of Georges Seurat's famous painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, including where and when it was made, interesting details, and the techniques used to create a sense of stillness.

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
ISBN: 1481416006. OCLC Number: 890011300

Simon & Schuster. .

"This illustrated biography shares the story of female scientist, Marie Tharp, a pioneering woman scientist and the first person to ever successfully map the ocean floor"--

Stealing home :
ISBN: 0689862768. OCLC Number: 63122746

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

A look at the the personal life and baseball career of the legendary player, Jackie Robinson who was the first African American to play in the majors.

Sylvia's Bookshop :
ISBN: 1481472453. OCLC Number: 1048020498

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"The story of the legendary Shakespeare & Company bookstore and its owner Sylvia Beach and the many great writers who came to meet, read and share ideas"--

Teammates /
ISBN: 1442412623. OCLC Number: 62172782

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"A story of teamwork and perseverance based on the childhood of National Football League stars and twin brothers Tiki and Ronde Barber"--Provided by publisher.

The adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn /
ISBN: 0689830416. OCLC Number: 464593086

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

An introduction to the life and career of American author Mark Twain told in the voice of Huckleberry Finn, one of his most enduring characters.

The crossing /
ISBN: 1442104481. OCLC Number: 662600964

AntiPress,. .

The future of the earth :
ISBN: 0810950189. OCLC Number: 54479249

Harry N. Abrams,. .

An attention-grabbing primer on mankind's direct and indirect effects on the natural world. This important book explains how such topics as global trends, economic disparity, and invasive species, among others, have changed the world in which we live. World-renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's spectacular photographs feature fragile environments that are at risk of being lost as well as places that have already seen the devastating effects of human behavior. A poignant overview of the state of the globe, this book encourages readers to understand what is happening in the environment and to take action. From the best-selling author and photographer of Earth from Above for Kids comes a great introduction to various developments affecting the earth on a global level-perfect for the classroom!

The sea :
ISBN: 0810945916. OCLC Number: 51613797

H.N. Abrams,. .

Text and photographs of storms, ports, pollution, diving, rescues, surfing, lighthouses, tides, and many kinds of boats, plants, and animals reveal the world's oceans and the people who live on or near them.

The secret of the great Houdini /
ISBN: 0689832672. OCLC Number: 44174125

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

As Sam and Uncle Ezra watch, the Great Houdini escapes from a trunk at the bottom of the river. Includes factual information about Houdini and his career as a magician and escape artist.

The Triumph of Mittens
ISBN: B00227LJUO. OCLC Number:

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Tiger of the snows :
ISBN: 1442421924. OCLC Number: 57422622

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Describes the first successful climb to the top of Mount Everest by the Sherpa Tenzing Norkey and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953.

Tiny bird :
ISBN: 1627793690. OCLC Number: 1089265429

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As autumn nears, flowers fade and insects become quiet, and Tiny Bird leaves his northern home for the long and perilous journey to lush southern forests. Includes facts about hummingbirds.

Toulouse-Lautrec :
ISBN: 0810958678. OCLC Number: 56658148

H.N. Abrams in association with the Art Institute of Chicago,. .

A short biography of the artist and a look at the city he loved. Presents the life of the French artist, discussing how he overcame childhood injuries and went on to become one of the acknowledged masters of French painting of the nineteenth century.

Trapped! A Whale's Rescue
ISBN: B01K17BLMC. OCLC Number:

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Volcanoes :
ISBN: 0810945908. OCLC Number: 51615197

H.N. Abrams,. .

Over thirty photographs and accompanying text reveal the facts about the world's volcanoes.

Who said that? :
ISBN: 0805043942. OCLC Number: 34824041

Henry Holt,. .

A collection of quotations along with the story behind the words and the people who voiced them.

Wilbur Wright meets Lady Liberty /
ISBN: 1627793682. OCLC Number: 1141988259

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"Two American icons meet in this nonfiction picture book that tells the dramatic true tale of Wilbur Wright's flight circling the Statue of Liberty"--

Zoom! Zoom! :
ISBN: 1442483156. OCLC Number: 815043649

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

From morning's joggers until night's last train, a boy notices and enjoys the many sounds made by people and things in a big city.