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Emily Arnold McCully


Emily Arnold McCully

Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for MIRETTE ON THE HIGH WIRE. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she has a lifelong interest in history and feminist issues. She divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.

Emily Arnold McCully

Books by Emily Arnold McCully

by Emily Arnold McCully - Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Science, Women's History, Women’s Issues

Caroline Herschel was not only one of the greatest astronomers who ever lived but also the first woman to be paid for her scientific work. Born the youngest daughter of a poor family in Hanover, Germany, she was scarred from smallpox, stunted from typhus and used by her parents as a scullery maid. But when her favorite brother, William, left for England, he took her with him. The siblings shared a passion for stars, and together they built the greatest telescope of their age, working tirelessly on star charts. 

by Emily Arnold McCully - Children's 4-8, Historical Fiction, History, Picture
This fascinating, informative and touching picture book by a Caldecott Medalist is based on the true story of an eighteenth-century rhino who toured Europe and started a sensation! Clara is a book sure to fascinate young animal lovers, history buffs in the making and kids interested in geography, as they follow a rhinoceros on her journey across Europe. 
by Emily Arnold McCully - Picture

Lizzie Murphy was good at baseball. In fact, she was better than most of the boys. But she was born in 1900, and back then baseball was not a game for girls. Lizzie practiced with her brother anyway, and then she talked her way onto the local boys’ team, first as a batboy, then as a player. Everyone was impressed by her hard catches and fast pitches. By the time she turned fifteen, she was playing for two different amateur boys’ teams. When she turned eighteen, Lizzie did something else that women weren’t supposed to do: she signed up with a professional baseball team, determined to earn her living playing the game.

by Emily Arnold McCully

Strongheart may have been a movie star, but he wasn’t always famous. He started out as a police dog who could sniff out criminals and march like a soldier, but he didn’t know how to have fun. Larry Trimble was a Hollywood director who wanted to put Strongheart in his movies—not just as a pet but as the lead actor. Larry taught him to play with toys and walk like a regular dog. In his films, Strongheart brought audiences to tears. He was a sensation! But when Strongheart's military training led to trouble, was his career over?

written by Tracey Fern, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully - History

Ellen Prentiss felt the sea tug at her heart, strong as a full-moon tide. She loved the water so much that her papa taught her to navigate his schooner across Massachusetts Bay. Soon she was racing the fishing fleet! But she dreamed of even bigger adventures, so she married a sea captain and began navigating his ships on the trade route to China. Then Ellen's husband was given command of a fast new clipper ship, the Flying Cloud. Ellen was determined to use every bit of its speed on their maiden voyage: a race from New York City, down around the tip of Cape Horn, and up to San Francisco, where the Gold Rush was well under way. Ellen battled wild storms, broken masts, and dangerously slow winds. But she not only made it to port as the first woman to navigate that route; her daring voyage set a world record for speed, too!