About Robert Burleigh
Over the past 35 years, I have published poems, reviews, essays, many filmstrips and videos, and more than 40 children's picture books.
Born and raised in Chicago, I graduated from DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) and later received an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago. I've published books for children since the early 1990s. My books - including numerous unpublished ones! - run a broad gamut, from stories geared for pre-schoolers to survival stories and biographies aimed at seven to eleven-year-olds. My work is wide-ranging because, basically, I'm a generalist by experience - and inclination!
In addition to writing, I paint regularly under the art name Burleigh Kronquist and have shown work in one-person and group shows in Chicago, New York, and elsewhere around the country.
About the Books
While the subjects vary, my books are linked philosophically, stylistically and structurally by my wish to capture where possible the emotional intensity - the essence - of whatever the subject is. I believe the hard facts (historical and biographical) are extremely important, and I always weave them into the narrative. But beyond that, I like the book to convey the feeling of immediacy, of being there - whether there is flying an airplane, hitting a baseball, or painting a picture.
I have divided my published books into several categories:
Art, Poetry, and Music
For Younger Children