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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


-- Website -- http://www.barbrosenstock.com
-- Barb Rosenstock on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=barb+rosenstock


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 Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Fearless: The Story of Racing Legend Louise Smith
ISBN: 0525421734

Dutton Books for Young Readers. 2010

When Louise Smith started racing cars, most girls weren't even allowed to drive. From her first wild adventure behind the wheel of her daddy's Ford to the dangers and thrills of stock-car tracks across the country, Louise fearlessly paved the way for women in racing and became a NASCAR legend! It takes a lot of courage to be the first, but when you fearlessly follow your dreams, anything is possible.

Littlest Mountain, the PB (Bible)
ISBN: 0761344977

Kar-Ben Publishing. 2011

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

The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks
ISBN: 0803737106

Dial Books. 2012

Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein captures the majestic redwoods of Yosemite in this little-known but important story from our nation's history. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a trip to Yosemite. Camping by themselves in the uncharted woods, the two men saw sights and held discussions that would ultimately lead to the establishment of our National Parks.

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library
ISBN: 1590789326

Calkins Creek. 2013

As soon as Thomas Jefferson learned to read, he found his passion: books, books, and more books! Before, during, and after the American Revolution, Jefferson collected thousands of books on hundreds of subjects. In fact, his massive collection eventually helped rebuild the Library of Congress—now the largest library in the world. Barb Rosenstock’s rhythmic words and John O’Brien’s whimsical illustrations capture Jefferson’s passion for the written word as well as little-known details about book collecting. Author and artist worked closely with experts to create the first picture book on Jefferson’s love of reading, writing, and books. An author’s note, bibliography, and source notes for quotations are also included.

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art
ISBN: 0307978486

Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2014

A Caldecott Honor Book

Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist.


But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint . . . music?


In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.


Backmatter includes four paintings by Kandinsky, an author’s note, sources, links to websites on synesthesia and abstract art.

The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero
ISBN: 159078992X

Calkins Creek. 2014

New York Yankees baseball great Joe DiMaggio’s longest hitting streak in baseball history is spotlighted in this narrative nonfiction picture book by award-winning author Barb Rosenstock and noted illustrated Terry Widener.

In the summer of 1941, Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio and his favorite bat, Betsy Ann, begin the longest hitting streak in baseball history. But when Betsy Ann goes missing, will DiMaggio keep hitting? Set on the brink of World War II, this is a spellbinding account of a sports story that united the country and made DiMaggio a hero, at a time when one was profoundly needed. Barb Rosenstock's action-packed text and Terry Widener's powerful illustrations capture DiMaggio's drive as well as his frustration. The book also includes headlines, quotes, stats, and a detailed bibliography.

Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention
ISBN: 1620914468

Calkins Creek. 2014

A National Science Teachers Association, Best STEM Book

Every inventor has to start somewhere, and one of the greatest innovators in our history was no exception. Ben Franklin developed his first invention while doing what he loved best: swimming! Ben's Big Splash is the story of Franklin's first invention, his journey through the scientific method, and the surprising successes that result when you're willing to make mistakes. Barb Rosenstock's rhythmic, whimsical style is the perfect complement to S. D. Schindler's pen and ink and watercolor illustrations. Together they recreate history in an engaging and unique way. Both author and illustrator worked closely with Franklin experts, and the book includes Franklin quotes, an extensive author's note, timeline, and bibliography.

Dorothea's Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth
ISBN: 162979208X

Calkins Creek. 2016

After a childhood bout of polio left her with a limp, all Dorothea Lange wanted to do was disappear. But this desire not to be seen helped her learn how to blend into the background and observe others acutely. With a passion for the artistic life, and in spite of her family's disapproval, Dorothea pursued her dream to become a photographer and focused her lens on the previously unseen victims of the Great Depression. This poetic biography tells the emotional story of Lange's evolution as one of the founders of documentary photography. It includes a gallery of Lange's photographs, and an author's note, timeline, and bibliography.

Vincent Can't Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky
ISBN: 1101937106

Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2017

A gorgeous, lyrical picture-book biography of Vincent van Gogh by the Caldecott Honor team behind The Noisy Paint Box.


Vincent can’t sleep . . .
out, out, out he runs!


flying through the garden—marigold, geranium, blackberry, raspberry—
past the church with its tall steeple, down rolling hills and sandy paths meant for sheep,
He dives at last into the velvety, violet heath, snuggles under a blanket of sapphire sky,


and looks up, up, up . . . to visit with the stars.



Vincent van Gogh often found himself unable to sleep and wandered under starlit skies. Those nighttime experiences provided the inspiration for many of his paintings, including his most famous, The Starry Night. Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime—but he continued to pursue his unique vision, and ultimately became one of the most beloved artists of all time.


From the same team behind the Caldecott Honor Book The Noisy Paint Box, Vincent Can’t Sleep is a stunning book that offers insight into the true meaning of creativity and commitment.


Praise for The Noisy Paint Box:


“Even those who aren’t inspired to visit a museum will take away the lesson of Kandinsky’s life: Listen to what excites you and follow its call.” —The New York Times


* “Rosenstock’s prose strikes a balance between lightheartedness and lyricism. GrandPré’s paintings conjure up an entire epoch . . . breathing life into all the characters.” —Publishers Weekly, starred


* “The rich word choice is a delight: pistachio, cobalt, and saffron introduce readers to colors while hissing, blaring, and whispering reveal the sounds of the colors. . . . This is a beautiful blend of colors, music, and life.” —Booklist, starred


* “A rich, accomplished piece about a pioneer in the art world.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred


* “The book offers diverse potential for different types of study, whether one is reading for information or for pleasure. Outstanding.” —School Library Journal, starred


Awards

'''''Fearless: the Story of Racing Legend Louise Smith'''''

Top Ten, Amelia Bloomer Book List

Children's Books 2010, New York Public Library

Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly'''''The Littlest Mountain'''''

Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Young Readers

PJ Library Selection

Bank Street Best Books of the Year'''''The Camping Trip that Changed America'''''

Junior Library Guild Selection

BookList Top Ten Books on the Environment for Youth

Parent’s Choice Award Silver Medalist

California Library Association Beatty Award

Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best” List

Washington D.C. Capitol Choice List

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People/CBC/NCSS

Bank Street Best Books of the Year

Starred Review, School Library Journal '''''Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library'''''

Junior Library Guild Selection

NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended

Bank Street Best Books of the Year '''''The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art'''''

Caldecott Honor, 2015

Junior Library Guild Selection

Starred Review, Booklist

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review, School Library Journal

Best Books of the Year So Far, Amazon, 2014

Museum Store Association Buyer’s Choice

2016 ILLINOIS READS Book'''''The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero'''''

Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly

Junior Library Guild Selection'''''Ben Franklin's Big Splash'''''

2015 ILLINOIS READS Book

Starred Review, Kirkus

Starred Review, School Library Journal '''''Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth'''''

Junior Library Guild Selection

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2017'''''Vincent Can't Sleep'''''

Starred Review, Booklist

Starred Review, Kirkus

Availability for Public Speaking

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 [http://barbrosenstock.com/contact/ website] to arrange a visit.

Costs depend on the number of presentations, length of time and the distance traveled from Chicago’s northwest suburbs. She is also available for SKYPE visits.