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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.

Published Works

    Adventure / Biography
  • Trapped: A Whale's Rescue
  • The Adventures of Mark Twain, by Huckleberry Finn
  • Night Flight (Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic)
  • One Giant Leap
  • Abraham Lincoln Comes Home
  • Fly, Cher Ami, Fly!
  • Napoleon: The Story of the Little Corporal
  • Tiger of the Snows
  • Tenzing Norgay: The Boy Whose Dream Was Everest
  • American Moments
  • Amelia Earhart: Free in the Skies
  • Into the air: The Story of the Wright Brothers' First Flight
  • The Secret of the Great Houdini
  • Pandora
  • Hercules
  • Black Whiteness
  • Who Said that? Famous Americans Speak
  • Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh


  • Pick-Up (A Full Day of Full Court)
  • Stealing Home
  • Jackie Robinson: Against All Odds
  • Play Ball
  • Game Day
  • Goal
  • Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth
  • Hoops

    Art, Poetry, Music

  • Edward Hopper Paints His World
  • George Bellows: Painter with a Punch
  • Paul Cezanne: A Painter's Journey
  • Toulouse-Lautrec: The Moulin Rouge and the City of Light
  • Langston's Train Ride
  • Seurat and the Grande Jatte: Connecting the Dots
  • Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream
  • Looking for Bird in the Big City
  • Edna
  • A Man Named Thoreau


  • Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea
  • Look Up!
  • Volcanoes: Journey to the Crater's Edge
  • The Sea: Exploring Life on an Ocean Planet
  • The Future of the Earth
  • Earth from above for Young Readers
  • Chocolate: Riches from the Rainforest

    For Younger Children

  • If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond
  • Flight of the Last Dragon
  • Hit the Road, Jack
  • Goodbye, Sheepie
  • Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! Listen to the City
  • I Love Going Through This Book
  • Messenger, Messenger
  • It's Funny Where Ben's Train Takes Him

    For Adults

  • The Crossing
  • The Triumph of Mittens

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Pub. Co.,. New York :. 1994.

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

Flight :
ISBN: 0399222723. OCLC Number:

Philomel Books,. New York :. ©1991.

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

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

Henry Holt,. New York :. 1997.

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

Black whiteness :
ISBN: 0439135613. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 1999, ©1998.

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

Hercules /
ISBN: 0152016678. OCLC Number:

Silver Whistle,. San Diego :. c1999.

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.

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

Orchard Books,. New York :. 1999.

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

Messenger, messenger /
ISBN: 0689821034. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2000.

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.

Edna /
ISBN: 0531302466. OCLC Number:

Orchard Books,. New York :. 2000.

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.

Goal /
ISBN: 0152017895. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. San Diego, Ca. :. 2001.

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

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

Harcourt,. San Diego, Calif. :. 2001.

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.

Into the air :
ISBN: 0152024921. OCLC Number:

Silver Whistle,. San Diego :. ©2002.

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

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

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2002.

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.

Solving the puzzle under the sea :
ISBN: 1481416006. OCLC Number:

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"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"--

Pandora /
ISBN: 0152021787. OCLC Number:

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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?

Into the woods :
ISBN: 0689830408. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. c2003.

Uses quotes from his journals to help explore Audubon's decision to follow his dream to paint every bird species in North America.

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

Harry N. Abrams,. New York :. 2002.

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.

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

Silver Whistle Harcourt,. Orlando, Fla. :. ©2003.

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

The sea :
ISBN: 0810945916. OCLC Number:

H.N. Abrams,. New York :. 2003.

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.

Volcanoes :
ISBN: 0810945908. OCLC Number:

H.N. Abrams,. New York :. 2003.

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

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

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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."

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

H.N. Abrams in association with the Art Institute of Chicago,. New York :. 2004.

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.

American moments :
ISBN: 0805070826. OCLC Number:

Henry Holt and Co.,. New York :. 2004.

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

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

Harry N. Abrams,. New York, NY :. ©2004.

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!

Toulouse-Lautrec :
ISBN: 0810958678. OCLC Number:

H.N. Abrams in association with the Art Institute of Chicago,. New York :. 2005.

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.

Game day /
ISBN: 1416900934. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2005.

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.

Paul Cézanne :
ISBN: 0810957841. OCLC Number:

H.N. Abrams ;. New York :. 2006.

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.

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

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2006

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

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

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Reader,. New York :. 2010.

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.

Napoleon :
ISBN: 081091378x. OCLC Number:

Abrams Books for Young Readers, published in association with the American Federation of Arts,. New York :. 2007.

A brief introductory biography of Napoleon.

Stealing home :
ISBN: 0689862768. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2007.

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.

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

Henry Holt and Co.,. New York :. 2008.

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.

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

Abrams Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2008.

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.

One giant leap /
ISBN: 0399238832. OCLC Number:

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Commemorating the 40th anniversary 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.

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

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2009.

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.

The crossing /
ISBN: 1442104481. OCLC Number:

AntiPress,. Chicago :. ©2009.

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

Marshall Cavendish Children,. Tarrytown, N.Y. :. ©2010.

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

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

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2011.

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.

Night flight :
ISBN: 1416967338. OCLC Number:

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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.

Black whiteness :
ISBN: 1442453346. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©1998.

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

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

Abrams Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2012.

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

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

Philomel Books,. New York :. ©2012.

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.

Look Up! :
ISBN: 1416958193. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2013.

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.

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

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2014.

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.

One giant leap /
ISBN: 0147511658. OCLC Number:

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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.

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

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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")"--


Body of Work

  • Prairie State Illinois Author of the Year

    , Illinois Reading Council, 2011

    Edward Hopper Paints His World

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015
  • Home Run

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Presentations include

  • Informal discussion of his own writing career
  • Informal discussion on the creative writing process, from getting ideas, through beginning to write, to completing a project
  • Step-by-step overview of the publication process
  • Student writing workshop
  • Feedback and critique of student writing

    Special Writing Workshop The Idea Book Project

    For the past 15 years, Robert Burleigh has visited schools and engaged students on a wide range of writing topics. His presentations have thrilled students and teachers alike and generated excitement about books and writing. Now Robert Burleigh, along with his wife, writer and artist Jenny Roberts, is drawing on these experiences to offer hands-on presentations,

    Write On!

    which takes the writing process a step further. The presenters use guided writing exercises to help students generate their own personal

    Idea Books



  • $1400 per day for school visits, a maximum of four presentations.