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About 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 he 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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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!
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
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.
PRAISE FOR PRIDE!
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Pride is a beacon of (technicolor) light."
- Entertainment Weekly
"An essential LGBTQ children's book"
"This children’s book about gay Pride should be in every school."
- Gay Times Magazine
"The picture book about Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag is everything you needed as a kid."
- LGBTQ Nation
"I couldn’t be more thrilled the world now has this book."
- Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of MILK
"This inspiring, positive story is a great introduction to two LGBTQ heroes and to the spirit of the LGBTQ community."
"A welcome social history . . . Mission accomplished."
- The San Francisco Chronicle
"A children’s book that will properly express the struggle and joys that the LGBTQ rights movement went through."
- Instinct Magazine
★ "Offers little ones an age-appropriate introduction . . . Ebullient . . ."
- Shelf Awareness, starred review
"An uplifting introduction to the symbol of the Rainbow Flag . . . Vibrant and lively . . . Recommended for all collections."
- School Library Journal
"A biography LGBTQ rights activists and allies can proudly share with children . . . A hope-filled ode to the rainbow flag."
- Kirkus Reviews
"A poignant and uplifting biography."
- Publishers Weekly
"A tribute to a leader undertreated in young people’s literature."
-The Bulletin of the Center For Children’s Books
"Salerno’s strong art has a colorful seventies vibe . . . There is value here."
"Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and The Rainbow Flag beautifully tells the history of both Uncle Harvey's dream and his collaboration with Gilbert Baker to create a global symbol of equality and inclusion.
"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.
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.
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.
The World's Fair in Chicago, 1893, was to be a spectacular event: architects, musicians, artists, and inventors worked on special exhibits to display the glories of their countries. But the Fair's planners wanted something really special, something on the scale of the Eiffel Tower, which had been constructed for France's fair three years earlier. At last, engineer George Ferris had an idea-a crazy, unrealistic, gigantic idea. He would construct a twenty-six-story tall observation wheel.
The planners didn't think it could be done. They called it a "monstrosity." It wouldn't be safe. But George fought for his design. Finally, in December 1892, with only four months to go until the fair, George was given permission to build his wheel. He had to fight the tight schedule, bad weather, and general disapproval. Against all odds, the Ferris Wheel turned out to be the talk of the Fair, and proof that dreaming big dreams could pay off. Today, George's Ferris Wheel is an icon of adventure and amusement throughout the world.
“Oh, no, Pantaloon!” says the Baker. “You look to me as if you’d eat more than you’d bake.” But Pantaloon proves him wrong in this charming Golden classic, brilliantly reillustrated by Steven Salerno.
Includes a glossary of Spanish words, along with definitions on each page the words appear.
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!