LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor - Breaking Waves

Monday, June 14, 11am CT
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Left Bank Books is excited to present another Virtual Celebrity Storytime!
We welcome award winning author
Robert Burleigh &
award winning illustrator
Wendell Minor,
who will read aloud and talk about how they made their new picture book, 
Breaking Waves: Winslow Homer Paints the Sea, 
on Facebook Live at 11am CT on June 14.
Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of 
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!


About Breaking Waves

When Winslow Homer watches the sea, he studies it patiently, making sure to notice every detail before bringing it to life again in his paintings.

The fabled painter Winslow Homer always had a deep respect for the elemental power and beauty of the ever-changing ocean. Whenever he set up his easel, he was drawn back to its frothing waves smashing against rocks, gleaming like mirrors in the sunlight. He knew it took patience to get his painting just right to capture the life of the ocean.

Breaking Waves: Winslow Homer Paints the Sea describes the artist's process from season to season, readers are shown the many blues, greys, browns, and golds that Winslow Homer used to depict the changing sea. Additional content in the back of the book further explains his work and passion for the ocean.

★ The watercolor and pencil illustrations are beautiful and capture the different feelings the sea can conjure. The images are at times calm and peaceful and at times thrilling and dangerous. These illustrations are reason enough to add this book to collections but, in addition to the gorgeous visuals, this work is rich with sensory language. . . . A beautiful and rich work of literary nonfiction. --School Library Journal, Starred Review

Burleigh lyrically cycles through the seasons and the sea's changing moods as perceived by the artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910), punctuated by direct quotes from the artist, presented in italics. Throughout, Burleigh focuses on Homer's creative process, repeating the imperative 'Look!'-- a clue to Homer's faith in acute and careful observation, and a cue to the reader to engage with Minor's watercolor and gouache illustrations. Minor's realistic depictions of Homer's spare and tidy domestic world and prim suiting situate the story in time, while the looser, more expressive evocations of the untamed Maine coastline evoke place. The closing section, dotted with exclamations and painting reproductions, fills in biographical details. A solid introduction to a major American artist. --Publishers Weekly

Interspersing Homer's actual words with imagined daily activities, Burleigh's text brings readers into the artist's sensibility and creative process. . . . Quite authentically Homer. -- Kirkus Reviews


About our Speakers

Robert Burleigh is the award-winning author of many books for children, including The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn, illustrated by Barry Blitt; Night Flight, illustrated by Wendell Minor; Black Whiteness, illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop; and Sylvia's Bookshop, illustrated by Katy Wu. His many other books include HoopsStealing Home; and Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! He lives in Michigan.

Wendell Minor is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books for children, including Edward Hopper Paints His World with Robert Burleigh as well as Wild Orca by Brenda Peterson and the New York Times-bestselling Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.


All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 11:00am
Breaking Waves: Winslow Homer Paints the Sea Cover Image
By Robert Burleigh, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823447022
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Neal Porter Books - June 1st, 2021

The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn Cover Image
By Robert Burleigh, Barry Blitt (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780689830419
Availability: Special Order
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2011

Wilbur Wright Meets Lady Liberty Cover Image
By Robert Burleigh, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627793681
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 9th, 2021

Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird's Amazing Journey Cover Image
By Robert Burleigh, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627793698
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 14th, 2020

One Giant Leap Cover Image
By Robert Burleigh, Mike Wimmer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780147511652
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Published: Puffin Books - June 12th, 2014

Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416958192
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 19th, 2013

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The Leather Apron Club: Benjamin Franklin, His Son Billy & America's First Circulating Library Cover Image
By Jane Yolen, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580897198
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Charlesbridge - September 28th, 2021

Southwest Sunrise Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781547600823
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - May 5th, 2020