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Walt Whitman: Words for America

Walt Whitman: Words for America

by Barbara Kerley Illustrated by Brian Selznick

The pioneering team that brought you the Caldecott Honor-winning The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins focuses their remarkable skills and vision on Walt Whitman: poet, American, and Civil War hero.

Did you know that poet Walt Whitman was also a Civil War nurse? Devastated by his country dividing and compelled to service by his brother's war injury, Walt nursed all soldiers — Union & Confederate, black & white. By getting to know them through many intense and affecting experiences, he began to see a greater life purpose. His writing could give these men a voice, and in turn achieve his greatest aspiration: to capture the true spirit of America.

Dramatic, powerful, & deeply moving, this consummate portrait of Whitman will inspire readers to pick up their pens & open their hearts to humanity.

8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Autobiography and Biography

About the Author and Illustrator

Barbara Kerley Barbara Kerley is the author of Walt Whitman: Words for America, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and Greetings from Planet Earth
Brian Selznick Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins , and the New York Times-Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America , both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor winner When Marian Sang , by Pam Muñoz Ryan. In 2008 he won the Caldecott Medal for the groundbreaking title, The Invention of Hugo Cabret .

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