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Author and Illustrator Melissa Sweet claims she has been making art ever since she could hold a crayon, scissors, Etch-A-Sketch, or coloring book. She can certainly back up this claim since she has now illustrated over 100 published picture books! We can’t cover all of them in this post, but I've selected a few of my favorite picture book biographies illustrated by Melissa Sweet that you do not want to miss out on. And don't forget that Melissa is coming to the library for the BYU Books for Young Reader's Symposium on July 13-14.

7.11.17 Baloons over BroadwayBALLOONS OVER BROADWAY: THE TRUE STORY OF THE PUPPETEER OF MACY’S PARADE
Written and Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
(2011)

It’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving without the Macy’s Parade and their giant helium balloons. In BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY, you learn how Tony Sarg, a puppeteer, brought his imagination and genius to the Macy’s parade with the introduction of helium balloons in 1928, forever changing the parade.

7.11.17 Some WriterSOME WRITER: THE STORY OF E.B. WHITE
Written and Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
(2016)

Sweet’s work and life motto is “Be tidy. Be brave.” from Charlotte’s Web, so it seems appropriate she would write a biography on the author E.B. White. Using a mixture of White’s personal letters and photos, intermixed with Sweet’s artwork, the life of E.B. White comes alive. Old and young will appreciate this picture book biography.

 

7.11.17 The Right WordTHE RIGHT WORD: ROGET AND HIS THESAURUS
Written by Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
(2014)

Peter Mark Roget was a book worm who loved to organize words into lists. Lots and lots of lists that helped him find the right word to describe how he felt. Those lists grew to become one of the standard reference books in homes and libraries. Can you imagine trying to write a paper today without a thesaurus?

 

7.11.17 A River of WordsA RIVER OF WORDS: THE STORY OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS
Written by Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
(2008)

A RIVER OF WORDS uses mixed media art that earned Sweet a Caldecott Honor award. It is the biography of Williams Carlos Williams, a physician who never gave up his dream of being a poet. Williams' free verse style of writing is perfectly accompanied by Sweet's artwork, which was researched to fit the time period when Williams was writing.

 

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