My Books

Highlights

Betsy Ross

BETSY ROSS  The biography of the hard working Philadelphia patriot who owned her own business at a time when few women worked outside the home and who is credited with sewing the first American flag.  K-3  Holiday House

"A delightful biography." --The Horn Book Guide

"An appealing depiction of one of the few women famous in American history and/or legend." --Booklist

Beatrix Potter

BEATRIX POTTER  The story of the long, quiet struggle for recognition of the creator of Peter Rabbit and many other beloved characters. Beatrix also became a dedicated conservationist.  K-3  Holiday House

"A delightfully illustrated, inviting introduction." --School Library Journal

"A fine choice." -- Booklist

Grandma Moses

GRANDMA MOSES  The biography of the beloved folk artist who lead a full life as a farmer's wife before she made time to paint pictures at an age when most people retire.  K-3  Holiday House

"A fresh-faced addition to young biography shelves." --Kirkus Review

Sergio and the Hurricane

SERGIO AND THE HURRICANE  The story of a young boy living in Puerto Rico who is excited about an approaching hurricane, but who quickly discovers that a hurricane is not as much fun as he had imagined.  K-3  Henry Holt

"Wallner's neatly drawn scenes, in muted colors, convey a sense of calm urgency before the hurricane, and her figures show restraint afterward." --Booklist

"Wallner's gentle tale about a San Juan family surviving the storm gives the subject the weight it deserves without being didactic or sensational." --The Horn Book Guide

A Christmas Tree in the White House

A CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE WHITE HOUSE  Written by Gary Hines  Part fact, part fiction, this is the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt was tricked into upholding a Christmas tradition at the White House.  K-3  Henry Holt

"Charming gouache illustrations give the book a folksy appearance...Wallner subtly shows various textures through skillful use of lines." --School Library Journal

"Wallner's gouache illustrations capture the dress and decor of the times, making this an interesting historical piece as well as a book for any Christmas list." --Booklist

Lucy Maud Montgomery

LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY  The biography of the Canadian children's book author who worked hard, persevered and, above all, never gave up belief in her talent.  K-3  Holiday House

"The charming folk-art-style illustrations are reminiscent of those in Wallner's other books about remarkable women..." --School Library Journal

"Wallner's clean, spare paintings capture the writer's life and times in scenes created with a bright palette and an innocent, folk-art look. A good introduction..." --Booklist

Susanne B. Anthony

SUSAN B. ANTHONY  The story of the determined woman who brought about the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.  K-3  Holiday House

"... the bright colors and many details make this an appealing experience for young readers; the period outfits are an education in themselves. All things considered, a valuable edition." School Library Journal

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R TOLKIEN  The life of the great story-teller who lead a quiet life but whose imagination was bigger than life.  K-3  Holiday House

"A quick life of the great fantasist is given wings by allusive painted illustrations." Kirkus Review

"Wallner's clean, spare paintings capture the writer's life and times in scenes created with a bright palette and an innocent, folk-art look. A good introduction..." --Booklist

WRITE ON MERCY!

WRITE ON, MERCY! THE SECRET LIFE OF MERCY OTIS WARREN  written by Gretchen Woelfle. The story of the Colonial woman who wrote in secret for many years and became known as the "Patriot with a Pen". Calkins Creek

"Wallner's gouache paintings are colorful and spirited, with a good mix of full-page scenes and close-ups of prominent figures." Kirkus Review

My Books

Self-Illustrated

  • Munch: Poems and Pictures, Crown (New York, NY), 1976.
  • Ghoulish Giggles and Monster Riddles, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 1982.
  • Twelve Days of Christmas, Warner (New York, NY), 1989.
  • Jungle Bells, Warner (New York, NY), 1989.
  • Silent Night, Warner (New York, NY), 1989.
  • Deck the Halls, Warner (New York, NY), 1989.
  • Since 1920, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1992.
  • Betsy Ross, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1994.
  • Beatrix Potter, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.
  • The First Air Voyage in the United States: The Story of Jean-Pierre Blanchard, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.
  • An Alcott Family Christmas, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1997.
  • The Farmer in the Dell, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1998.
  • Sergio and the Hurricane, Henry Holt (New York, NY), 2000.
  • Abigail Adams, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Grandma Moses, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2004.
  • LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY - THE AUTHOR OF ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, Holiday House, 2006.
  • SUSAN B. ANTHONY, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2012.

Illustrated with John Wallner

  • Kerby on Safari, Avon (New York, NY), 1984.
  • Bonnie Larkin Nime, Where Is the Bear?, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 1988
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of George Washington, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1990.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1990.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Helen Keller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1990.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1991.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1992.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Robert E. Lee, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1994.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Davy Crocket, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Patrick Henry, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Paul Revere, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Patrick Henry, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.
  • David A. Adler, A Picture Book of Louis Braille, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1997.

Illustrated

  • Martha Gamerma, Trudy's Straw Hat, Crown (New York, NY), 1977.
  • Malcolm Hall, The Friends of Charlie Ant Bear, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan (New York, NY), 1980.
  • Joanne E. Bernstein and Paul Cohen, Un-Frog-Gettable Riddles, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 1981.
  • Jean Bethell and Susan Axtell, A Colonial Williamsburg Activities Book: Fun Things to Do for Children Four and Up, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1984.
  • Marcia Leonard, King Lionheart's Castle, Silver Press, 1992.
  • Teddy Slater, Alica Meets the Aliens, Silver Press, 1992.
  • Gary Hines, The Christmas Tree in the White House, Henry Holt (New York, NY), 1998.
  • Gary Hines, Thanksgiving in the White House, Henry Holt (New York, NY), 2003.
  • WRITE ON, MERCY! THE SECRET LIFE OF MERCY OTIS WARREN,, Gretchen Woelfle Calkins Creek - An Imprint of Boyd Mills Press, Inc. 2012
  • Also illustrator of children's textbooks; author and illustrator of stories for children's magazines.

Author

  • The Adventures of Strawberry Shortcake and Her Friends, illustrated by Mercedes Llimona, Random House (New York, NY), 1980.
  • Strawberry Shortcake and the Winter That Would Not End, illustrated by Mercedes Llimona, Random House (New York, NY), 1982.
  • J.R.R TOLKIEN , illustrated by John Wallner, Holiday House (New York, N.Y.), 2011

Honors

My books have been honored by Teacher's Choice, Outstanding Book in the Field of Science, the Philadelphia Children's Reading Round Table Book of the Month, the Pennsylvania Library Association Carolyn W. Field Honor Award, the Amelia Bloomer Project List, and the Silver Medal Eureka Award.

My paintings hang in the Betsy Ross Museum in Philadelphia, the Public Library in Concord, Massachusetts, the Rochester Hills Public Library in Rochester, Michigan, the Portland Public Library in Portland, Maine and at the Mansion of the Governor of Pennsylvania as well as in private collections.