Barbara Herkert

Children's Book Author

Mom in her 40's

The Soup That Saved Valley Forge

Pepper pot soup

Selected Works

Children's Nonfiction Picture Book Biography
Released Oct. 27, 2015 with illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska. Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt, publisher.
Picture book biography
Released Oct. 13, 2015 with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Alfred A. Knopf, publisher.
Nonfiction picture book biography
To be released in October 2017 with illustrations by Lauren Castillo. Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt/Macmillan, publisher. "Herkert's elegant prose and Castillo's stunning illustrations team up for a magnificent model of what a picture book can be...A stunner--radiant even." Kirkus starred review

Quick Links

Barb's Blogs

Interview about Sewing Stories

November 5, 2015

Tags: Sewing Stories, Picture book biography

Here's a link to an interview about my inspiration for writing about Harriet Powers and a bit about my writing process.


  1. November 5, 2015 11:57 AM EST
    I hope you enjoy this interview!
    - Barbara Herkert
  2. November 25, 2015 7:35 PM EST
    While reading this book, I was able to feel as if I not only lived there, but I could also feel the pain and joy of Harriet Powers' thru her journey. Truly a wonderful book and illustrations. This book has 3 different ways to read this story, all rolled up in one book. I truly love it
    - Chistine Lawrence