Ronald Himler

Books by This Illustrator

A Day's Work

Illustrated by: Ronald Himler
Age Level: 0-3

When his grandfather arrives from Mexico, Francisco helps him find work as a gardener even though he is really a carpenter. When they mistakenly pull all the plants but leave the weeds, Abuelo, upset at Francisco's lie, refuses to accept payment until the job is done correctly.

A Day's Work

Illustrated by: Ronald Himler
Age Level: 6-9

When Francisco's grandfather arrives from Mexico speaking no English and in search of a job, Francisco becomes his translator. In his desire to help Abuelo find work quickly, Francisco lies about what his grandfather knows how to do, creating trouble for both of them. In the end, Francisco learns an important lesson in this poignant story about immigrant families and day laborers.

A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams

Illustrated by: Ronald Himler
Age Level: 6-9

When John and Abigail first met, they didn't really like each other but came to appreciate the other's strengths: Abigail had her own opinions; John was honest and witty. After their marriage, Abigail expertly handled home, family, and more during her husband's frequent travel and was the earliest First Lady to live in the Executive Mansion. This is a graceful introduction to an early first family.

Anna & Natalie

Illustrated by: Ronald Himler

When her teacher announces a letter-writing contest to decide which four students will be chosen to help lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, in Arlington National Cemetery, Anna is determined to win. The third grader has never before been picked for anything-not the softball or the basketball team, yet she daydreams about being given this opportunity. On the day of the announcement, the letter "From Natalie (with help from Anna)" is chosen. It asks for Anna to accompany her.

Fly Away Home

Illustrated by: Ronald Himler
Age Level: 6-9

A boy tells of his life living in an airport with his dad, remaining unnoticed but noticing how others seem to have so much. Homelessness is realistically portrayed in this bestselling book with sensitivity and hope.

My Big Brother

Illustrated by: Ronald Himler
Age Level: 6-9

When a young boy's beloved older brother joins the army, he has some big shoes to fill.  This touching book captures the difficulty of separation that all members of military families face, including the youngest ones. This book is available in English or in a bilingual Spanish edition.

Nettie's Trip South

Illustrated by: Ronald Himler
Age Level: 6-9

When Nettie and her family travel to the South, they see enslaved people. Nettie is literally sickened by it and realizes how wrong slavery is. This fictional story is both realistic and heart wrenching. Readers sense that Nettie will grow into an Abolitionist much like Louisa May Alcott became.

The Wall

Illustrated by: Ronald Himler
Age Level: 6-9

A boy describes the trip he takes with his father to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Together, they look for the name of his grandfather, who died before he was born.

Train to Somewhere

Illustrated by: Ronald Himler
Age Level: 6-9

In the 1850s, "Orphan Trains" carried children from New York City orphanages to new homes in the West. Many, like Marianne, hoped to be reunited with their parents. Though not all of the children found happiness, Marianne's story provides hope and an introduction to an intriguing period in American history.