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Robert Burleigh

My main concern in everything I undertake is to find a way to present a unique perspective along with a lively and fun approach to the subject. I draw ideas from many sources: eclectic reading, offhand remarks of friends and acquaintances, my own experience as a parent and practicing artist, my social concern as a citizen, and much more.

Robert Burleigh has had a long and distinguished career of writing for children. During his almost 20 years with Society for Visual Education (SVE), a Chicago audiovisual publishing company, he produced several hundred filmstrips, videos, workbooks, laser-disks, and CD-Rom programs. A number of these programs earned industry-wide awards. During his year’s at SVE, he began publishing children’s books.

Now a full-time writer, Burleigh has continues to write books on subjects ranging from Greek mythology to world history to rhymed stories for younger readers.

By Bob Burleigh: A Man Named Thoreau Illustrated by Lloyd Bloom, Atheneum, 1985

Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh Illustrated by Mike Wimmer, Philomel, 1991 Winner of the 1992 Orbis Pictus Award

Who Said That? Famous Americans Speak Illustrated by David Catrow, Henry Holt and Company, 1997

Hoops Illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson, Harcourt/Silver Whistle, 1997

An ode to the game, this book will give language to teenagers’ experience both on and off the court. - Publishers Weekly Black Whiteness Illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop, Atheneum, 1998 1999 Orbis Picture Honor Book

Recounts the solitary vigil of Admiral Richard Byrd .. Burleigh paints mesmerizing word pictures. - Booklist

Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth Illustrated by Mike Wimmer Harcourt Brace, 1998 1998 Parents; Guide to Childrens; Media Honor Book

"Deliciously slow, like the memory of a perfect afternoon at the ballpark. - Chicago Tribune

It’s funny Where Ben’s Train Takes Him Illustrated by Joanna Yardley, Orchard Books, 1999

"Ben draws a train and track and then climbs aboard for a magical ride ... - School Library Journal

Hercules Illustrated by Raul Colon, Harcourt Brace, 1999 1999 Smithsonian Notable Book

"Using language that draws on the strength of its subject yet speaks in the lilt of poetry, Burleigh captures the story of Hercules and his last labor." - Booklist

Edna Illustrated by Joanna Yardley, Orchard Books, 2000

Burleigh’s words catch the sense of promise the young Millay felt. - Chicago Tribune
Messenger, Messenger Illustrated by Barry Root, Atheneum Books, 2000

"The hectic life of an urban bicycle messenger is explored by Burleigh with a sympathetic tone and gentle beat. -New York Times

Presentation Approaches

My guiding principle is that every child has in him or her the wish to grow and the ability to express things that matter.

Able to relate to and work with students at any grade level, Robert Burleigh is also happy to vary his presentation to fit the needs of a school or of any specific class within it:
  • Informal discussion on his own writing career
  • Informal discussions on the creative writing process
  • Overview of what’s involved in designing and publishing a book
  • Student writing workshop
  • Critique of student work
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