Over the past several decades, Robert Burleigh has published poems, reviews, essays, many filmstrips and videos, and more than 35 children’s picture books.
Born and raised in Chicago, Burleigh graduated from DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) and later received an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago. He has published picture books — a number of which have won prizes and awards — since the early 1990s.
His books run a broad gamut, from stories for preschoolers, to survival stories, to biographies of sports figures and artists. They include Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh; Pandora; Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth; Hoops; Paul Cezanne: A Painter’s Journey; and American Moments. Four recently released books are Fly, Cher Ami, Fly; Abraham Lincoln Comes Home; Clang-Clang: Sounds of the City; and One Giant Leap.
Also an artist who has shown paintings and sculptures in galleries in
Chicago, New York, and elsewhere, Burleigh has worked with and spoken
to audiences of all ages and grade levels throughout the country. Recently
relocated to southwestern Michigan, his base remains Chicago and its surrounding
area. More about Robert Burleigh, including a complete list of his published
children's books and information concerning his school visits, can be
found on his website listed below.
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