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Don Brown


Don Brown

Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many
picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for hisresonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings
that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived
with passion. School Library Journal has called him “a current
pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the
standards for storyographies.”
 THE GREAT AMERICAN DUSTBOWL has been nominated for the Texas Blue Bonnet Award, the third time one of Don's books has been honored. DROWNED CITY is Don's latest book. He lives in New York with his family.

Books by Don Brown

by Don Brown - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Science

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. ROCKET TO THE MOON! explores the people and technology that made the moon landing possible. Instead of examining one person’s life, it focuses on the moon landing itself, showing the events leading up to it and how it changed the world. The book takes readers through the history of rocket building: from ancient Chinese rockets, to “bombs bursting in air” during the War of 1812, to Russia’s Sputnik program, to the moon landing. 

by Don Brown - Environment, Graphic Novel, History, Nature, Nonfiction, Young Adult 12+

On a clear, warm Sunday, April 14, 1935, a wild wind whipped up dust to form a duster --- a savage storm --- on America's high southern plains. The sky turned black, sand-filled winds scoured the paint off houses and cars, trains derailed, and electricity coursed through the air. Sand and dirt fell like snow --- people got lost in the gloom and suffocated...and that was just the beginning.

written and illustrated by Don Brown - Biography, Nonfiction, Young Adult 12+

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under 20 feet of water; property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion; and 1,833 people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism and courage --- and also of incompetence, racism and criminality. Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.