Shout Out for Gene Barretta’s Neo Leo in Booklist Article on Expository Nonfiction
Booklist recently shared an article interviewing author and editor Melissa Stewart on the importance of expository nonfiction. Stewart discussed what she felt made a good work of expository literature, how it differs from fiction or from narrative nonfiction, and why this underappreciated genre is so valuable for children. She also shared some children’s literature that she thinks are great examples of expository literature – including Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci, written and illustrated by Gene Barretta.
Neo Leo was included as a great example of the compare and contrast format. Booklist wrote, “Colorful cartoon watercolors, clear and concise text, and an ingenious format that reinforces the compare-and-contrast text structure highlight how the ideas recorded in da Vinci’s notebooks foreshadowed…modern inventions.”
Geekwrapped’s List of 100 Science Books for Kids Includes Five of Our Artists’ Books
April 24, 2017
Geekwrapped, a website that recommends gifts for the geeks and science enthusiasts in your life, recently compiled a list of one hundred best science books for children. Five of our author and illustrator’s books were included on this list, including three written and illustrated by Gene Barretta! These books included…
- If…A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers, written by David J. Smith and illustrated by Steve Adams. If helps children understand complicated big ideas by comparing them to smaller, common objects.
- Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci, by Gene Barretta. This fun biography introduces children to the famous inventor who laid the groundwork for many of history’s great inventions.
- Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin, by Gene Barretta. Another biography, this one focuses on Ben Franklin and how he and his inventions shaped the modern world.
- The Worm by Elise Gravel. Part of her acclaimed Disgusting Critters series, The Worm is full of fun and gross details about this common creature. Geekwrapped calls it, “Really fun and educational.”
- Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives by Gene Barretta. The third in his series of biographies on inventors, this one shares the successes and failures of Thomas Edison.
Geekwrapped’s full list of science books for children can be found here.
Gene Barretta To Read Neo Leo At 92Y
March 9, 2016
As part of the 92nd St Y‘s Seven Days of Genius program, Gene Barretta has been invited to present his book Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci. The Seven Days of Genius is a program meant to honor historical geniuses throughout history, so Gene’s children book on the great inventor and artist, Leonardo da Vinci, is a perfect fit. Gene’s reading will be at the 92nd St Y in New York, April 4th at 10:30 am. Anyone in the area should definitely stop by! You can find more information at this link.
A live stream will also be available on the day of the event here.