Leda Schubert * Writer of Picture Books

Actual current photo. I am reading to my favorite 8-year-old as part of a mentor/mentee program at the local school.

Here is teeny me signing in Texas in April of some year or other for the Bluebonnet list. I flew there! On a plane! I had fun! (It is possible that I hate to fly.)

Older photo. Better.

The anti-author photo: Mary Azarian, illustrator of HERE COMES DARRELL, and I pose with excavator. Try using a magnifying glass. Photo by Bob Rosenfeld.

Welcome to my web site, where I overuse exclamation points even though I know better. A temporary aberration, I'm sure. (And yet they're all still here.)

JANUARY, 2018:

My new picture book biography, TRAILBLAZER, was published in January, 2018. Don't you want a copy? You know you do. Click on the title on the right column for more info. And why can't I move that to the top of the list? Nobody knows.

ALSO: 2017 picture book biography of Pete Seeger. From Neal Porter/​Roaring Brook Press, illustrated by Raúl Colón. VERY EXCITED!!!! Click on the book's title on the right for info and links for Pete's music, etc.

Photo from book launch for LISTEN: HOW PETE SEEGER GOT AMERICA SINGING! I am there, hiding. My favorite kind of picture of me.

Champagne-worthy STARRED Kirkus review (thank you, Kirkus!) is going right here on my home page.
"Pete Seeger’s lifelong commitment to songwriting, singing, and activism made him a beloved figure in American music.

“Pete sang old songs, new songs, old songs with new words, and songs he made up.” Schubert intersperses her simple, graceful text with the titles of three dozen familiar songs written or made famous by Pete Seeger, demonstrating how thoroughly Seeger’s music permeates the American folk-singing tradition. Colón’s richly colored and textured full-color illustrations convey the warmth and joy Seeger demonstrated in making and sharing music. Seeger is shown singing with the Weavers and with his friend Woody Guthrie as well as with crowds large and small. The faces of his audiences and singing companions across all the years are diverse. One striking double-page spread following the account of Seeger’s 1957 citation for contempt by the House Un-American Activities Committee subtly conveys the changing landscape and struggles of the laborers Seeger championed. A highway crosses hills where people are working the fields; a large billboard in the foreground advertises a 360-acre golf course down the road. Schubert and Colón capture with affection and respect Seeger’s remarkable lifetime of speaking truth to power through music and engaging the hearts of his audiences. A biographical timeline includes a charming selection from a boyhood letter, contemplating a banjo purchase; the generous resource list includes source notes and recommended recordings.

Schubert and Colón ably demonstrate one of their book’s final assertions: “there really was nobody like Pete Seeger.” (Picture book/​biography. 4-9)

Cover image!

Here I am practicing arabesques at about age four or five. I always wanted to be a ballet dancer. I am not. But I still love striped t-shirts.

All website material copyright Leda Schubert, the publishers, or the artists.

Now Available or Coming Soon (Click on each title for complete information.)

Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press, June, 2017
Click for a pdf discussion and activities guide. (Look on left of page after clicking.)
A nonfiction picture book illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker. Roaring Brook Press, 2006
Holiday House, Fall 2011. Illustrated by Amanda Haley
Illustrated by Bonnie Christensen and published by Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press.
Illustrated by Andrea U'Ren and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. March, 2010.
Illustrated by Mary Azarian, published by Houghton Mifflin 2005
Illustrated by William Benedict. Candlewick, 2000.