Books: in your library
Some of Lawlor's earlier books are no
longer available for purchase directly from the publisher. Publishers
must make room on their backlist (catalog) for newly released titles
and thus, even though a title might be a favorite with readers the
publisher is not able to keep the book in print. That does not mean
however, that the books are not available to read and share. Your local
library is one of the best places to go to find books that are no
longer available from the publisher or general retail book stores. If
you want to purchase a book that can not be obtained from the publisher
you might check used book stores or "out-of-print" dealers. The WWW has
made it very easy to check throughout the United States for a specific
book. Marylaine Block has mounted a great page of advice for finding
out-of-print books on her Bookbyte webpage.
Finding Out-of-Print Books
- First step: Check your local public or school library.
- If you want to purchase the book, check an excellent out-of-print resource.
Books for Reading
The Real Johnny Appleseed
More legends than facts are generally
known about Johnny Appleseed. This book begins with the birth of John
Chapman and gives the facts about this American hero. He led a
fascinating life and experienced first-hand the birth and westward
movement of our country. An excellent biography for children. -- Parent's Council (Biography)
"In the fall of 1774 the man who
would become known as Johnny Appleseed was born in Leominister,
Massachusetts. John Chapman may not have been the man of legend, but
his is a remarkable story nonetheless. Laurie Lawlor uses land records,
census data, and local histories to tell Johnny Appleseed's true story.
The Real Johnny Appleseed. Illustrated by Mary Thompson. (1995) Albert Whitman & Company. ISBN 0807569097. 63 pg. Biography.
Shadow Catcher: The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis
Edward S. Curtis spent thirty years photographing Native Americans. Shadow Catcher
traces Curtis's life and work from his boyhood in Wisconsin to his
first photo exhibition to Alaska in 1897 and the compilation of his
1930 collection of photos, The North American Indian, to his death in 1952.
a reference and more than a biography of Curtis, this carefully
researched, highly readable book emphasizes the photographer's
perseverance and quest for quality and can serve as a model for young
people." -- Starred review. School Library Journal
"The sepia reproductions of [Curtis's] photographs are as eloquent as Lawlor's well-written text." -- The Horn Book
The handsome book, printed on fine, sepia-toned paper, is well worth having." -- Booklist
"The exceptional quality of this
photographic work is a tribute to the man and his vision and will serve
to acquaint another generation of Americans with his work." -- VOYA
"A magnificent biography indeed,
chronicling the early 20th century photographer's quest to document
Native American culture." -- Smithsonian
Northwestern's collection of 2226 photographic illustrations created by Curtis is now online on the Library of Congress's National Digital Library.
Golden Kite Honor Book for nonfiction. (1994) -- Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Hungry Mind Review 995 Children's Book of Distinction Award.
Carl Sandburg Award for children's Literature, 1995
Shadow Catcher: The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis. (1994) Walker. ISBN: 082782884 hardback; 0802782892 lib bdg. 132 pg. Biography.
Bones is a mutt with kind but busy owners. When he gets lonely Bones
visits the local school and the second grade. When Bones is discovered
he does go home but now has prospects for some after school fun with
his new friends. Cartoonlike illustrations. Betsy Hearne at the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
said "One of those happy hits with built-in child appeal. . . .
Exuberant pencil and paint illustrations cartoon the action with
compositional flair, extending the spoof on grown-ups in general and
officials in particular with colorful aplomb."
Illustrated by Gioia Fiammenghi. (1990) Albert Whitman & Company.
ISBN: 0807572802 lib bdg. 40 pg. Picture Book/Fiction.
Come Away With Me
Even a girl with as much pluck and
imagination as Madeline "Moe" McDonohugh can't drum up much excitement
in her small town. But then the gypsies come to town and Moe looks to
them as a means of seeing the world.
Just as she is planning to run away, her
mother's glamorous cousins, Lettie and Lulu come to visit. Moe's plans
for seeing the world shifts to Lettie and Lulu and she hopes that they
might take her away -- that is until she discovers Lettie's terrible
but fascinating secret.
Moe's adventure and window on the world
finally comes, however, when Father purchases a Ford Model T, the first
in town. Moe is about to enter the biggest adventure of her life.
"A dreamer with an infectious sense of humor, 12-year-old Moe is he
likable heroine of this first volume in the promising Heartland
Series...a fresh and funny novel." -- Publishers Weekly
Come Away With Me. Illustrated by Jane Kendall. (1996) Minstrel Books. ISBN: 0671537164. Historical Fiction.
Take to the Sky
Moe, from Come Away With Me
dreams of flying like the sky diver who performed on the Fourth of
July. But Madeline wants a plane of her own. Her best friend, Otto
Price, thinks so too. By the next July 4th they dream of being in the
air and performing as the crowd cheers. All they need is money to build
They decide to have a medicine show but
their "Elixir of Youth" is a dismal failure. Instead of making money
they lose money even after helping a traveling photographer drum up
business. Moe's mother is not too happy when she finds the pair taking
lemonade (made with expensive sugar) to thirsty workers digging a new
sewer line. To make amends the two friends must help Moe take inventory
in his store and that's when Moe finds a tarantula in the bananas...
and figures out the perfect way to fly. (Heartland Trilogy)
Take to the Sky. Illustrated by Jane Kendall. (1996) Minstrel Books. ISBN: 0671537172. Historical Fiction
Luck Follows Me
In 1910 Moe visits her Grandfather to
view the return of Halley's comet, and amid dire predictions of fires,
floods, earthquakes, all kinds of terrible things. She finds a new
friend and a ghost in the attic.
Luck Follows Me. Illustrated by Jane Kendall. (1996) Minstrel Books; ISBN: 0671537180. Heartland Trilogy. Historical Fiction
Where Will This Shoe Take You?: A Walk Through the History of Footwear.
School Library Journal said,
"Lawlor begins this exceptionally well-designed and illustrated book by
walking readers down the many paths of footwear history and leading
them through the byways of societies and cultures in which shoes have
played a significant role. She details the importance of footgear in
work, play, fashion, myth and literature, and as symbols of authority
and status. Each well-researched chapter is full of interesting facts
"An extensive and sometimes funky history
of shoes -- the black-and-white drawings, photographs, and
reproductions will interest readers." -- Kirkus Reviews
"The book can obviously be used for
costume history reference, but it also has value in discussions of
cultural differences, economic development, and social movements." -- The Horn Book
"This is a rich, in-depth study of a simple topic...Sketches and photos enhance the book throughout." -- Booklist
"Everyone from Puss in Boots to Michael
Jordan prances through this lively historical survey that's jam-packed
with anecdotes...makes this an ideal resource for school libraries." --
"Because 'shoes tell stories' the author is able to assemble an
interesting sampler of cross-cultural social history ranging from
ancient Egypt to 20th-century China, from French peasant clogs to Air
Jordans." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Read this [book] and you'll never look at your old sneakers the same way again." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Finalist, Society of Midland Authors Nonfiction Award, 1997.
Included in the Children's Book council's list of books: Not Just for Children Anymore! 162 Children's Books that Adults Will Enjoy and Buy for Themselves.
Where Will This Shoe Take You?: A Walk Through the History of Footwear. (1996) Walker. ISBN: 0802784348 hardback; 0802784356 lib bdg. 132 pg. History (391).
The Worm Club
Arthur, a third grader, dreams of being a
member of the safety patrol. When the class bully befriends Arthur, he
finds himself headed for trouble.
The Worm Club. Illustrated by Anni Matsick. (1994) Minstrel Books; ISBN: 0671789007 Fiction