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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barb Rosenstock  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction History Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

Rosenstock was born in Chicago and raised in Orland Park. She attended college at the University of Illinois, Loyola University in Chicago and National Louis University in Evanston. She currently resides in Chicago's northwest suburbs.

Biographical and Professional Information

Barb Rosenstock is an award-winning author who loves to write about true stories for children. Along with the books, she also provides downloadable Educator’s Guides with Common Core connections on her website. She enjoys making school visits and will work with teachers to develop a program specific to curriculum needs.

Published Works

  • Fearless: The Story of Racing Legend Louise Smith, Dutton, 2010
  • The LIttlest Mountain, KarBen, 2011
  • The Camping Trip that Changed America, Dial, 2012
  • Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, Calkins Creek, 2013
  • The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art, Knopf, 2014 - Spanish edition available
  • The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero, Calkins Creek, 2014
  • Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention, Calkins Creek, 2014
  • Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth, Calkins Creek, 2016
  • Vincent Can't Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky, Knopf, 2017
  • Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall's Life and Art, Knopf, 2018

Selected Titles At Your Library

Fearless :
ISBN: 0525421734. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©2010.

Introduces the life of stock car racer Louise Smith, from her first ride behind the wheel of her father's Ford to her thrilling stock car races across the country during the 1950s.

The littlest mountain /
ISBN: 0761344977. OCLC Number:

Kar-Ben Pub.,. Minneapolis :. ©2011.

Discusses how Mount Sinai was chosen as the site of the giving of the Ten Commandments.

The camping trip that changed America :
ISBN: 0803737106. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2012.

Offers insight into the camping trip that President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir took to the redwoods of Yosemite in 1903, during which the two men had experiences and conversations that eventually contributed to the establishment of national parks in the United States.

Thomas Jefferson builds a library /
ISBN: 1590789326. OCLC Number:

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Thomas Jefferson loved to read and collect books on almost every subject. He built his first library as a young man, and kept on building until his book collection helped to create the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the world's largest library.

The noisy paint box :
ISBN: 0307978486. OCLC Number:

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Describes how Vasya Kandinsky's creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experience colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

The streak :
ISBN: 159078992X. OCLC Number:

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Chronicles the story of the legendary baseball star, his favorite bat, Betsy Ann, and the longest hitting streak in baseball history, which united the country on the brink of World War II.

Ben Franklin's big splash :
ISBN: 1620914468. OCLC Number:

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"Ben Franklin loved to swim and, at the age of eleven, he was determined to swim like a fish--fins and all. This ... account of young Ben's earliest invention follows the budding scientist's journey as he tests and retests his swim fins. That first big splash led Ben to even more innovations and inventions. Includes Franklin quotes, a timeline, bibliography, and source notes"

Dorothea's eyes :
ISBN: 162979208X. OCLC Number:

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"In this powerful and inspiring book, Barb Rosenstock and Gérard DuBois reveal the story of Dorothea's remarkable life and illuminate how her photographs continue to tell the world the truth."--

Vincent can't sleep /
ISBN: 1101937106. OCLC Number:

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Describes how Van Gogh's insomnia, possibly a symptom of mental or physical illness, allowed him to view the night sky while everyone else was asleep and influenced how he saw the world around him.

Through the window :
ISBN: 1524717517. OCLC Number:

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"Known for both his paintings and stained-glass windows, Marc Chagall rose from humble beginnings to become one of the world's most renowned artists. Admired for his use of color and the powerful emotion in his work, Chagall led a career that spanned decades and continents, and he never stopped growing. This lyrical narrative shows readers, through many different windows, the pre-WWI childhood and wartime experiences that shaped Chagall's path."--Publisher's description.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Rosenstock enjoys making school visits. She will make presentations about writing or spend a day as a visiting author. Contact her through her website to arrange a visit. Costs depend on the number of presentations, length of time and the distance traveled from Chicagos northwest suburbs. She is also available for SKYPE visits.