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Jen Bryant

Biography

Jen Bryant

Jen Bryant is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including A RIVER OF WORDS: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and awarded a Caldecott Honor. A SPLASH OF RED: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, also illustrated by Sweet, won the 2014 ALA Schneider Family Book Award for Children and was a 2014 ALA Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book.

A graduate of Gettysburg College, Jen Bryant lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

Jen Bryant

Books by Jen Bryant

Written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Boris Kulikov - Children's 4-8, Picture

Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own alphabet --- a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today.

Written by Jen Bryant with illustrations by Melissa Sweet. - Biography, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions --- and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time. Readers of all ages will marvel at Roget’s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words.

written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet - Art, Biography, Culture

As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace couldn't lift his right arm, and couldn't make any art. Slowly, with lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was able to paint--and paint, and paint!