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About Steven Salerno
NYC based illustrator/author STEVEN SALERNO has written & illustrated 5 popular picture books for kids, his most recent title, "Tim's Goodbye" (2018 Farrar Straus Giroux). To date Steven has also illustrated 28 popular fiction and nonfiction picture books written by other authors including: "PRIDE The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag" (2018 Penguin-Random House) written by Rob Sanders & illustrated by Steven Salerno, "Wild Horse Annie -Friend of Mustangs" (2019 Farrar Straus Giroux) written by Tracey Fern & illustrated by Steven Salerno, "The Crayon Man" (2019 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) written by Natascha Biebow & illustrated by Steven Salerno, "Gizmos, Gadgets and Guitars" -true story of electric guitar designer Leo Fender (2021 Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt & Co.), and "The Secret Code Inside You" (2021 Little Bee Books) written by Rajani LaRocca MD & illustrated by Steven Salerno.
Steven's picture books have received industry starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Children's Literature, The New York Times Review of Books, have been displayed by the Society of Illustrators (NYC) in their annual children's picture book art exhibition. 7 of Steven's picture books are Junior Library Guild selections.
A graduate of Parsons School of Design in NYC (where Steven studied under famed picture book author/artist Maurice Sendak) Steven Salerno also creates illustrations for advertising, magazines, product packaging, retail graphics, and publishing. Originally from Vermont, Steven lives and works in New York City. Visit stevensalerno.com
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"Pride is a beacon of (technicolor) light." --Entertainment Weekly
In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders's stirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno's evocative images, combine to tell this remarkable - and undertold - story. A story of love, hope, equality, and pride.
purple mountains’ majesty, mauvelous, jungle green, razzmatazz…
What child doesn't love to hold a crayon in their hands? But children didn't always have such magical boxes of crayons. Before Edwin Binney set out to change things, children couldn't really even draw in color.
Here’s the true story of an inventor who so loved nature’s vibrant colors that he found a way to bring the outside world to children – in a bright green box for only a nickel! With experimentation, and a special knack for listening, Edwin Binney and his dynamic team at Crayola created one of the world’s most enduring, best-loved childhood toys – empowering children to dream in COLOR!
Madeline is ready to show the world what love means to her. From being brave to being kind, love takes all kinds of shapes and sizes. And there are many ways to express that love--whether it's lending a hand, standing tall, or spreading sunshine. This mini-hardcover features all-new art--but that doesn't mean we won't be seeing a familiar scene or two. Love from Madeline is a perfect gift to show someone you care.
The picture book biography of ingenious American inventor Leo Fender, creator of the world’s most iconic Fender electric guitars. For readers who love Iggy Peck, Architect.
Leo Fender loved to thinker and tinker and take things apart and put them back together again. When he lost an eye in a childhood accident, he refused to think of himself as broken. With a new pair of magnifying glasses, Leo got back to doing what he loved, fixing machines big and small—even broken instruments.
His inventions—which included the Telecaster and the Stratocaster—would inspire the rock ’n’ roll generation and go on to amplify the talents of legendary guitarists Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt, among others. Fender’s brilliant engineering vision connected science and art forever.
Christy Ottaviano Books
Boldness, imagination, and ruthless competition combine in Tanya Lee Stone and Steven Salerno's Pass Go and Collect $200, a riveting picture book history of Monopoly, one of the world's most famous games.
In the late 1800s lived Lizzie Magie, a clever and charismatic woman with a strong sense of justice. Waves of urban migration drew Lizzie’s attention to rising financial inequality. One day she had an idea: create a game that shows the unfairness of the landlord-tenant relationship. But game players seemed to have the most fun pretending to be wealthy landowners. Enter Charles Darrow, a marketer and salesman with a vision for transforming Lizzie’s game into an exciting staple of American family entertainment. Features back matter that includes "Monopoly Math" word problems and equations. Excellent STEM connections and resources.
This title has Common Core connections.
Christy Ottaviano Books
A fun and clever picture book retelling of Goldilocks—with pirates!
Once upon a seaworthy sloop lived three pirates: the big, pilfering Papa, the medium-sized, menacing Mama, and the small, bonny Baby, a pirate-in-training. They were excellent pirates, but not very good housekeepers, so their gruel wasn't tasty, their stools weren't sturdy, and their hammocks weren't hung properly. Luckily for them, Goldenlocks happened along when they were out for a row in the harbor. April Jones Prince's rollicking text and Steven Salerno's swashbuckling paintings make Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates a first-rate adventure and a spirited take on Goldilocks.
I’m the princess in this town.
That’s my castle. Here’s my crown. . . .
So begins a day in the life of a bubbly show dog as she prepares to win her next trophy. Mani, pedi, dental care!/Silky ribbons for my hair . . . it’s all in a day’s work for a puppy princess!
The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the 1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball team . . . with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way could stop them.
Full of action, drama, and excitement, this never-before-told true story is vividly brought to life by Audrey Vernick’s expert storytelling and Steven Salerno’s stunning vintage-style art.
"Wild Horse Annie" was the nickname of Velma Bronn Johnston (1912–77), who loved mustangs all her life. When she saw mustangs being rounded up and killed to make room for ranchers' livestock, she knew she had to speak up. In 1950, she began writing letters to local newspapers and politicians, defending the horses' right to roam free.
Many people told Annie to hush up, but they couldn't stop her. She soon became a voice for mustangs throughout the state of Nevada, speaking on their behalf at town halls and meetings.
But Annie was only one person, and she wanted to do more. So she got children to speak up, too, by having them write letters to Washington, D.C., officials to ask them to save the mustangs. Finally, with the help of her young “pencil brigade,” Annie persuaded Congress to pass nationwide laws protecting wild horses and burros on public land nationwide.
Readers will find inspiration in author Tracey Fern and artist Steven Salerno's portrait of an early animal-rights advocate, who spoke up for what she believed in, and empowered a generation of children to be a voice for the voiceless.
A touching picture book about a group of children who must say goodbye to a dear friend.
Margot is sad because her beloved pet, Tim, has died.
She and her friends band together to give him a proper sendoff. Melinda brings her French horn. Vincent brings balloons. Otto wears his best hat. When all gather together, they celebrate Tim's beautiful, simple life as they send him on a surprising farewell journey to a special place above the mountains and beyond the clouds.
And Margot has a feeling that Tim is happy once again.
This tender story from Steven Salerno also features his beautiful illustrations, with a simple color palette and classic feel. Tim's Goodbye is sure to strike a chord with readers who have experienced a difficult farewell.
Audrey Vernick and Steven Salerno have again collaborated to bring us a captivating picture book about a compelling but little-known piece of baseball history. Beginning in 1922, when Edith Houghton was only ten years old, she tried out for a women’s professional baseball team, the Philadelphia Bobbies. Though she was the smallest on the field, soon reporters were talking about “The Kid” and her incredible skill, and crowds were packing the stands to see her play. Her story reminds us that baseball has never been about just men and boys. Baseball is also about talented girls willing to work hard to play any way they can.
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