New Release Books by Kathleen Krull

Kathleen Krull is the author of No Truth Without Ruth: the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2020), Walking toward Peace (2021), Starstruck (Step Into Reading) (2021), Stay Curious! (2020) and other 165 books.

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No Truth Without Ruth: the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

release date: Nov 03, 2020
No Truth Without Ruth: the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
From award-winning author Kathleen Krull comes an empowering picture book biography--with dazzling illustrations from artist Nancy Zhang--about the second female justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It''s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children. Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be one of the most respected women in the United States, but her recognition is nothing short of hard-won. For years before becoming a justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth had to fight the notion that being female meant that she was less smart, less qualified, and less worthy of attention than her male counterparts. Throughout college, law school, and her work life, she faced discrimination--because she was a woman. But it was in her fight for equality as a lawyer that she made an imprint on American history, by changing the way the law dealt with women''s rights and by showing people that unfairness to women wasn''t just a female problem--that it negatively affected men and children, too. In this inspiring picture book from award-winning author Kathleen Krull and artist Nancy Zhang, readers will learn about Ruthless Ruthie--a warrior for equality, defender of justice, and a trailblazer for girls everywhere.

Walking toward Peace

release date: Mar 23, 2021
Walking toward Peace
She gave up everything: her home, her possessions, even her real name. She called herself Peace Pilgrim, put on her sneakers, and started off on her quest to walk thousands of miles all around America. Step by step, mile after mile, Peace Pilgrim traveled tirelessly, inviting everyone she met to consider a world where each person and each nation chooses peace. This true story about a little-known woman who sacrificed everything for her convictions inspires us to step out for what we believe in, gathering others to join us along the way.

Starstruck (Step Into Reading)

release date: Jan 05, 2021
Starstruck (Step Into Reading)
"The life story of America''s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, will inspire you to reach for the stars!" -- adapted from book cover.

Stay Curious!

release date: Sep 22, 2020
Stay Curious!
A picture-book biography about science superstar Stephen Hawking, whose visionary mind revolutionized our concept of reality and whose struggle with ALS inspired millions. Perfect for parents and teachers looking to instill curiosity and a love for STEM. As a young boy, Stephen Hawking loved to read, stargaze, and figure out how things worked. He looked at the world and always asked, Why? He never lost that curiosity, which led him to make groundbreaking discoveries about the universe as a young man. Even being diagnosed with ALS didn''t slow Stephen down. Those questions kept coming. As his body weakened, Stephen''s mind expanded--allowing him to unlock secrets of the universe and become one of the most famous scientists of all time. Stephen always approached life with courage, a sense of humor, and endless curiosity. His story will encourage readers to look at the world around them with new eyes.

American Immigration: Our History, Our Stories

release date: Jun 16, 2020
American Immigration: Our History, Our Stories
Award-winning author Kathleen Krull takes an in-depth historical look at immigration in America—with remarkable stories of some of the immigrants who helped build this country. With its rich historical text, fascinating sidebars about many immigrants throughout time, an extensive source list and timeline, as well as captivating photos, American Immigration will become a go-to resource for every child, teacher, and librarian discussing the complex history of immigration. America is a nation of immigrants. People have come to the United States from around the world seeking a better life and more opportunities, and our country would not be what it is today without their contributions. From writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to scientists like Albert Einstein, to innovators like Elon Musk, this book honors the immigrants who have changed the way we think, eat, and live. Their stories serve as powerful reminders of the progress we’ve made, and the work that is still left to be done.

The Only Woman in the Photo

release date: Feb 04, 2020
The Only Woman in the Photo
Discover the incredible life of Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet and the mastermind behind Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, in this fascinating picture book biography that’s perfect for fans of I Dissent. Most people know about President FDR, but do you know the woman who created his groundbreaking New Deal? As a young girl, Frances Perkins was very shy and quiet. But her grandmother encouraged Frances to always challenge herself. When somebody opens a door to you, go forward. And so she did. Frances realized she had to make her voice heard, even when speaking made her uncomfortable, and use it to fight injustice and build programs to protect people across the nation. So when newly-elected President Franklin Delano Roosevelt finally asked Frances to be the first female Secretary of Labor and help pull the nation out of the Great Depression, she knew she had to walk through that open door and forward into history. In this empowering, inspirational biography, discover how the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet led the charge to create the safety net that protects American workers and their families to this day.

Harvesting Hope

release date: Jul 30, 2019
Harvesting Hope
In this Pura Belpre award–winning picture book, illustrated by Caldecott Honree Yuyi Morales, acclaimed author Kathleen Krull celebrates Latinx civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. An inspirational book about resistance and hope. When Cesar Chavez led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn''t always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive. Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that—maybe—he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened.

Writers and Their Pets

release date: Jun 11, 2019
Writers and Their Pets
Discover how animals influenced 20 of the world’s most beloved authors, from Charles Dickens to J.K. Rowling. Did you know that a dog saved Pablo Neruda’s life? Or that Mark Twain had a cat named Bambino? Or that Edgar Allen Poe wrote with a cat on his shoulders? Writers and Their Pets tells these stories and many more with playful full-color illustrations that will delight not only children, but also literary experts, history lovers, and animal enthusiasts. Each short chapter focuses on one author’s life, using simple and entertaining text to weave tales of the pets that affected the lives and works of these writers, with illustrative artwork sprinkled throughout each page. This title features a diverse list of both male and female international authors, spanning from the 19th to the 21st century, including Beatrix Potter, E.B. White, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Kurt Vonnegut, Maurice Sendak, Ernest Hemingway, and and more.

A Kids' Guide to the American Revolution

release date: Jun 05, 2018
A Kids' Guide to the American Revolution
Packed with anecdotes, sidebars, quotes, and illustrations, A Kids'' Guide to the American Revolution brings vividly to life the birth of our nation. Introduce young readers to the stakes, challenges, setbacks, and victories involved in the single most important event in our nation’s history, the American Revolution, with this approachable book from Kathleen Krull, a Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award winner. Find out what events led our young nation to go to war with Great Britain and how the Declaration of Independence, the document that continues to shape our civil rights, came to be. • Why did the colonists want independence from Great Britain? • What brought on the Boston Tea Party? • How did the Declaration of Independence initially impact women and slaves? • What did Benjamin Franklin do to convince the French to join the revolution? • How was George Washington chosen to lead the new young country? • What elements of the Declaration of Independence continue to be debated today? Kathleen Krull is an expert at bringing history to life in her engaging titles and series, including Women Who Broke the Rules, Lives of . . . , Giants of Science, and her other books in A Kids’ Guide series, A Kids'' Guide to America’s Bill of Rights and A Kids’ Guide to America’s First Ladies.

Frenemies in the Family

release date: Mar 13, 2018
Frenemies in the Family
One minute you can''t live without them . . . the next minute you don''t want them breathing your air! Siblings everywhere will relate to this humorous look at famous brothers and sisters whose important bonds have shaped their accomplishments . . . (mostly) for the better. They blame you when they get in trouble. They seem like your parents'' favorite. They are the only enemy you can''t live without. Almost everyone has a juicy story about their siblings--even famous people. Meet those who got along, those who didn''t, and everyone in between! • Demi Lovato and her sister • Tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams • Walt and Roy Disney • Princes William and Harry • Stephen Colbert and his eleven older siblings • Quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning • The Jacksons (Michael, Janet, and family) • Reality TV sensations, the Gosselins • Queen Elizabeth I and the queen who history remembers as Bloody Mary • Conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker • John Wilkes Booth (the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln) and his brother Edwin • Vincent and Theo van Gogh • Airplane inventors, the Wright brothers • The Romanovs • The Kennedys Oh, brother! This could get ugly. . . .

One Fun Day With Lewis Carroll

release date: Jan 09, 2018
One Fun Day With Lewis Carroll
The wordsmith Lewis Carroll is famed for the freewheeling world of Wonderland in his beloved classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. In this gloriously illustrated picture book, Carroll''s childlike love of life is showcased alongside his brilliance at creating and adapting playful words and phrases. From brillig and uglification to frumious and chortle, the award-winning author Kathleen Krull uses many of Carroll’s own words to tell the story of a man who wanted to make children laugh and whose legacy continues to entertain and delight.

Lives Of The Pirates

release date: Aug 15, 2017
Lives Of The Pirates
Every kid knows that pirates talk funny, swing a big sword, and seek buried treasure—don’t they? What do we really know about Blackbeard, Madame Cheng, Sir Francis Drake, and other men and women of pirate history? What drove them to sail the high seas? What were their bad habits, favorite foods, and silly quirks? And did they actually talk like that? A lively style, lots of surprises, and solid research have made the Lives of . . . series of collective biographies popular with both kids and adults. Now the series returns, spanning the globe with profiles of the nineteen most notorious pirates in history.

Joey

release date: Jan 01, 2021
Joey
Joey is the first ever picture book about the young life of Joe Biden, the 47th Vice President of the United States, and includes never before told family stories about the president-elect and former vice president''s childhood-written by Jill Biden, his spouse. Joe Biden grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the oldest of four children. His parents always encouraged him and his siblings to be independent and strong. The family moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where at twenty-nine, Biden was elected one the youngest United States Senators ever elected. This is his story.

Lives Of The Writers

release date: May 09, 2017
Lives Of The Writers
Shakespeare wrote with a feather quill and ink; Emily Dickinson wrote with a fountain pen; Isaac Bashevis Singer wrote on a Yiddish typewriter. But what did such writers do when they weren''t writing? What did Jane Austen eat for breakfast? What could make Mark Twain throw his shirts out the window? Why would Zora Neale Hurston punch a fellow elevator passenger? Lives of the Writers tells all that and more.

Lives Of The Musicians

release date: Apr 18, 2017
Lives Of The Musicians
It''s no secret that Beethoven went deaf, that Mozart had constant money problems, and that Gilbert and Sullivan wrote musicals. But what were these people—and other famous musicians—really like? What did they eat? What did they wear? How did they spend their time? And—possibly most interesting of all—what did their neighbors think? Discover the fascinating and often humorous stories of twenty famous musicians—people of all shapes, sizes, temperaments, and lifestyles, from various countries and historical periods. Beginning with Vivaldi and ending with Woodie Guthrie, Lives of the Musicians brings musical history to life!

A Kids' Guide to America's First Ladies

release date: Jan 03, 2017
A Kids' Guide to America's First Ladies
Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award-winner Kathleen Krull is an expert at bringing history to life in her engaging titles and series, including Women Who Broke the Rules, Lives of . . . , Giants of Science, and A Kid’s Guide to America’s Bill of Rights. This time, she introduces readers to the women of the White House in A Kid’s Guide to America’s First Ladies! The book includes a section introducing kids to Melania Trump. Find out what our country’s First Ladies thought, did, and advocated for as they moved into the White House. Why did the Patriots love Martha Washington? What causes did Eleanor Roosevelt support and lead? What did Jacqueline Kennedy do to establish her legacy long after she left the White House? How did Hillary Clinton turn her role as First Lady into a political career of her own? Packed with anecdotes and sidebars, a timeline of the advancement of women’s rights, and humorous illustrations and portraits, Kathleen Krull’s introduction to the First Ladies of the United States brings vividly to life the women to hold the role as they paved the way for American women in times of change.

Lives Of The Scientists

release date: Sep 06, 2016
Lives Of The Scientists
Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their work—and maybe even dull. But take another look. Did you know that it’s believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom? That Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles? That Albert Einstein loved to collect joke books, and that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a Groucho Marx disguise in public? With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, the subjects of Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt’s Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) are revealed as creative, bold, sometimes eccentric—and anything but dull.

A Boy Named FDR

release date: Jan 01, 2016
A Boy Named FDR
Focuses on Franklin Delano Roosevelt''s childhood and summarizes his achievements as president.

Women Who Broke the Rules: Coretta Scott King

release date: Dec 01, 2015
Women Who Broke the Rules: Coretta Scott King
"Well-behaved women seldom make history." --Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Many aweinspiring women have changed the course of history. From fighting for social justice and women''s rights to discovering and shaping our country, women have left a lasting mark on our past, present, and future. But it''s not easy to affect change, and these women didn''t always play by the rules to make a difference! Kathleen Krull blends history and humor in this delightful young biography series. Coretta Scott King played a vital role in the Civil Rights movement. She gave concerts to raise funds and awareness for her causes, winning people''s hearts with music in addition to marches, politics, or demonstrations. After MLK Jr.''s assassination Coretta kept on marching and stepped in to fill his shoes, at first using his words to carry on the work, and then finding her own.

One Day in Wonderland

release date: Aug 06, 2020

Women Who Broke the Rules: Mary Todd Lincoln

release date: Dec 01, 2015
Women Who Broke the Rules: Mary Todd Lincoln
"Well-behaved women seldom make history." --Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Many aweinspiring women have changed the course of history. From fighting for social justice and women''s rights to discovering and shaping our country, women have left a lasting mark on our past, present, and future. But it''s not easy to affect change, and these women didn''t always play by the rules to make a difference! Kathleen Krull blends history and humor in this delightful young biography series. Mary Todd Lincoln''s determined spirit made her one of the most memorable First Ladies. She was witty and highly educated, although that wasn''t popular for women of her time. Though born and raised in the South, she opposed slavery and supported her husband''s quest to save the Union. No matter what criticism or hardship she faced, including her husband''s assassination, she remained loyal to her country.

A Kids' Guide to America's Bill of Rights

release date: Sep 15, 2015
A Kids' Guide to America's Bill of Rights
Which 462 words are so important that they''ve changed the course of American history more than once? The Bill of Rights: the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the crucial document that spells out how the United States is to be governed. Packed with anecdotes, sidebars, case studies, suggestions for further reading, and humorous illustrations, Kathleen Krull''s introduction to the Bill of Rights brings an important topic vividly to life. Whether you''re a middle grader or high schooler or even an adult, and whether you''re looking to expand your knowledge or to reearch a report, the format of this "kids'' guide" makes the information understandable and interesting. Find out what the Bill of Rights is and how it affects your daily life in this fascinating look at the history, significance, and mysteries of these laws that are designed to protect the individual freedoms of Americans—including young people. Some of the questions addressed in this easy-to-follow book: Why did early American founders argue that individuals needed a Bill of Rights to protect them from government? Why is freedom of speech so thrilling and so controversial? What is religious intolerance, and when can it be fatal? What does it really mean to take the Fifth? How does the Bill of Rights affect the rights of kids?

Hillary Rodham Clinton

release date: Aug 25, 2015
Hillary Rodham Clinton
The beautifully illustrated picture book about Hillary Clinton—now revised and updated with brand-new material about her time as Secretary of State. Before Hillary Clinton was in the running to be president, she was a young girl growing up outside Chicago who lost the election for student-body president. She wanted to be an astronaut, to soar as high as the stars above. She kept reaching up and up as she grew. There were people who told her no—most of them simply because she was a girl—but she didn’t listen to them. There were people who didn’t think she could do it. But she believed in herself. And Hillary has been making history ever since. This is the inspiring story of a girl with dreams as big as the open sky.

Women Who Broke the Rules: Sacajawea

release date: Jun 09, 2015
Women Who Broke the Rules: Sacajawea
"Well-behaved women seldom make history." -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Many awe-inspiring women have changed the course of history. From fighting for social justice and women''s rights to discovering and shaping our amazing country, women have left an indelible mark on our past, present, and future. But it''s not easy to affect change, and these women didn''t always play by the rules to make a difference! Kathleen Krull blends history and humor in this accessible young biography series. Sacajawea was only sixteen when she made one of the most remarkable journeys in American history. She traveled over four thousand miles by foot, canoe, and horse-all while carrying a baby on her back! Without her, the Lewis and Clark expedition might have failed. Two hundred years later, we still can see how her unique journey demonstrated the strength and value of women.

Women Who Broke the Rules: Judy Blume

release date: Jun 09, 2015
Women Who Broke the Rules: Judy Blume
A new biography series complete with full color illustrations that celebrates amazing women, from acclaimed author Kathleen Krull.

The Night the Martians Landed

release date: Jan 01, 2003
The Night the Martians Landed
Recounts the night before Halloween in 1938 when a fake news broadcast about invading Martians sent radio listeners around the country into a panic, and examines why so many people confused entertainment with reality.

Fly High, John Glenn

release date: Jan 01, 2020
Fly High, John Glenn
The inspiring, deeply patriotic true story of John Glenn, a true hero who not only changed America''s contribution to space exploration but also spent his life proudly serving his country in many ways. This is a gorgeous picture book to introduce younger readers to John Glenn, from award-winning author Kathleen Krull and illustrator Maurizio A. C. Quarello. John Glenn wasn''t just the first American to orbit Earth. He was a family man, a soldier, a United States senator, and a national hero. He laid the groundwork for future star voyagers--and dreamers--everywhere. From the time he was a child, John Glenn loved flying. Later he did so by flying airplanes for the U.S. military, and then when space travel became a possibility, he trained for years to become an astronaut. John had to push his mind and body to the brink. But he loved his country more than anything and wanted to serve--including flying into the great unknown.

Born Reading

release date: Jan 01, 2023
Born Reading
"Once books change their brains, girls change history. Discover the foundation of reading that empowered some of the world''s most influential women in this collection of 20 biographies"--
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