Books

The World Entire: The Untold True Story of Extraordinary Rescue from World War II

Illustrated by Melissa Castrillon / Published by Chronicle Books

Coming Fall 2022

This book is a picture book biography of Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who defied his government during World War II and helped save thousands of Jewish refugees, at great personal cost.

Like a Diamond in the Sky: Jane Taylor's Beloved Poem of Wonder and the Stars

Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander / Published by Bloomsbury 

Coming February 1, 2022

This book is a nonfiction picture book biography about Jane Taylor, the poet and author to the words of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” but who was often uncredited for her most famous and enduring work.

Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler

Illustrated by Aimee Sicuro / Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2019

Awards & Distinctions

  • New York Public Library Best Books of 2019
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • The Society of Midland Authors 2020 Awards – Children’s Nonfiction Honoree 
  • A Mighty Girl 2019 Book of the Year

“The textual descriptions of Frankenthaler’s process are gorgeous . . . [and] Sicuro’s watercolor, ink, and charcoal pencil illustrations are spirited.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sicuro’s bold illustrations are a wonderful match for a biography on an abstract artist; the saturated colors, thick lines, and rounded shapes work well with Brown’s descriptive text to immerse readers in Frankenthaler’s world . . . A pitch-perfect expression of a little-known artist in text and illustration alike, this is a top-notch example of the picture book biography.” —School Library Journal

“Brown uses lyrical text full of action words and ranges of color to describe this lesser-known yet influential abstract expressionist artist from the twentieth century . . . [Sicuro’s] loosely drawn illustrations with thick strokes of watercolor, ink, and charcoal pencil evoke both Helen’s moods and her abstract style.” —Booklist

“Brown’s debut picture-book biography limns [Frankenthaler’s] creative and imaginative childhood, dutiful art study in college, and early career in mid-twentieth-century NYC… Sicuro’s compositions—in watercolor, ink, and charcoal pencil . . . consistently reinforce the ideas of movement and color saturation.” —Horn Book Magazine

“With sweeping strokes, Sicuro conveys the young artist’s joy in the act of creation.” —Publishers Weekly