Words for America
Children's Book Author Barbara Kerley
"With a lyricism and an ardor that echoes Whitman's own, Kerley writes of his passion for both language and for "rambling".... Selznick's versatile illustrations encompass a stark realism...and surreal whimsy.... Their enthusiasm is convincing and contagious."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A visual and textual portrait of America's most revolutionary and celebrated poet. Kerley distills Whitman's wide-ranging biography, centering on the significant themes of his life: his passion for words, America, and the common man, as well as his torment over race, democracy, and the Civil War.... Depicting Whitman as both a literal and metaphorical journeyman, Selznick paints him hiking with the pages of his habitual notebooks floating around him, each with a word from his poetry, graphically bursting the boundaries of convention.... A cultural force rendered with power and immediacy for a new generation."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"An exuberant picture-book biography that focuses on Whitman's formative years and his selfless work as a Civil War nurse. Delightfully old-fashioned in design, its oversized pages are replete with graceful illustrations and snippets of poetry. The brilliantly inventive paintings add vibrant testimonial to the nuanced text."
School Library Journal, starred review
"Outstanding." San Francisco Chronicle
"Vibrant." New York Times
Illustrated by Brian Selznick
Published by Scholastic Press
Travel with Walt through a young America, experience his life-altering work in the Civil War, and discover that there are many ways to love and honor your country.
Sibert Honor Book
California Book Award
Best Book Award -- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
ALA Notable Book
Best Children's Books -- Publishers Weekly
Best Illustrated Books -- New York Times
100 Titles for Reading and Sharing -- New York Public Library
Nominated for Young Reader Awards in Kentucky, New Mexico, and Tennessee
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