Barbara Herkert

Children's Book Author

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

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Mary Cassatt was a headstrong, determined girl. She wanted to be an artist in 1860, a time when proper girls didn't do such things. Mary pursued art with a passion, moving to Paris to study, painting what she saw. When her work was rejected by the judges at the Paris Salon, the great painter Edgar Degas invited her to join his group of independent artists, who painted as they pleased--the Impressionists. "I began to live," Mary said. Today, Mary Cassatt is recognized as one of the great Impressionist painters, and her work hangs in museums around the world.

Published by Christy Ottaviano Books/​Henry Holt Company
October, 2015
ISBN: 9780-385-75462-0


Starred Review in Publishers Weekly
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Children's Book Council National Council for Social Studies Notable Trade Book
An Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor Book for Nonfiction