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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

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.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Biography and Autobiography

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Barbara Kerley Barbara Kerley is the author of Walt Whitman: Words for America, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and Greetings from Planet Earth
Contributor Image Alt Tag 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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