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 recently I overdo exclamation points even though I know better. A temporary aberration, I'm sure. (And yet they're all still here.)

NEWS! My new picture book biography of Pete Seeger, June 13. 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.
I'll be other places as well in the near future. Please click on Visits/​Dates in the menu bar. We will all be singing! And email if you've got a plan for me to appear somewhere.

Champagne-worthy 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)

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How nice that you have managed to find the virtual me. Please hit a lot of buttons and explore, look at dog photos and other assorted photographs, and CHECK OUT MY BOOKS by clicking on the right-hand side of the page. I update the pages fairly often.

It is not easy to put up all these pages that are full of information about me and my books for children when I'd rather talk about you, but I do it anyway.

I live in Plainfield, Vermont, the center of the universe, where 1200 other souls and I enjoy our used bookstore, the cafe at Plainfield Hardware, a gas station-convenience store, the original Positive Pie, our beloved food coop, the Cutler Memorial Library, and the glorious Green Mountains. I've been here a long time and the traffic is getting much worse, the winters are long, and the blackflies are terrible. I tell you this to discourage you from moving here. (Underneath my hostile exterior, however, I am a very nice person.)

I write books for children and do a lot of other stuff. A good bit has to do with letting dogs in and out, but I also play music (traditional, country blues, etc.) and attempt to learn watercolor.

I am going to tell you a sad thing. Very sad. Some books go out of print. In fact, some of mine have gone out of print, and yet it seems like just yesterday that they were published. You might be able to find copies, however. I sure hope so.

I practice 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.)

Available now! 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.
Serial Novel for the Boston Globe's Newspapers in Education