Brian Selznick

Books by This Illustrator

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 6-9

Two well known women sneak away from the White House for an aerial adventure in this handsomely illustrated story based on real people. Though fictionalized, readers will appreciate the common interests and similar personality traits of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

Riding Freedom

Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 9-12

Charlotte Parkhurst could do almost anything with horses. Once out of the orphanage, Charlotte masquerades successfully as a man named Charley, and in spite of huge obstacles is able to drive a stagecoach and work with horses. Based on a real person, Charley also became the first woman to cast her vote in the state of California.

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 6-9

Mr. Hawkins was a 19th century British artist with a passion for dinosaurs. This illustrated biography introduces the man, his time, and how he worked both to satisfy his own curiosity and stimulate that same curiosity in others. Additional notes from both the author and illustrator provide insight into the person and how his knowledge evolved.

The Meanest Doll in the World

Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 9-12

Because of a mix-up, best doll friends Annabelle and Tiffany are sent to the wrong house where they must deal with Mimi, a doll who thinks she's the queen of all and whose behavior is perfectly ghastly. Readers who were first introduced to these characters in Doll People will enjoy seeing them again.

The Robot King

Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 9-12

Lonely and isolated, Lucy and Ezra build a robot that comes alive to become the Robot King. The Robot King leads the children on a fantastic, almost surreal adventure until the children return home when they see their father. Handsome illustrations make a complicated tale become tangible and real.

The Runaway Dolls

Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 6-9

Annabelle and her friend, Tiffany — both dolls come to life — soon learn that running way for any reason is full of pitfalls. The dolls' third adventure (The Doll People and The Meanest Doll in the World) is illustrated cinematically by a Caldecott Medalist.

Walt Whitman: Words for America

Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 6-9

He was an American poet who chronicled the Civil War, its impact on the country, and the War’s President, Abraham Lincoln. His writing resonates still. A large format supports this biography of Whitman who is revealed in dynamic, full-color illustrations and lucid text.