Who Was Walt Whitman?

by Kirsten Anderson (Author) Tim Foley (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?
How did a New York printer become one of the most influential poets of all time? Find out in this addition to the Who HQ library! Walt Whitman was a printer, journalist, editor, and schoolteacher. But today, he's recognized as one of America's founding poets, a man who changed American literature forever. Throughout his life, Walt journeyed everywhere, from New York to New Orleans, Washington D.C. to Denver, taking in all that America had to offer. With the Civil War approaching, he saw a nation deeply divided, but he also understood the power of words to inspire unity. So in 1855, Walt published a short collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, a book about the America he saw and believed in. Though hated and misunderstood by many at the time, Walt's writing introduced an entirely new writing style: one that broke forms, and celebrated the common man, human body, and the diversity of America. Generations later, readers can still find themselves in Whitman's words, and recognize the America he depicts. Who Was Walt Whitman? follows his remarkable journey from a young New York printer to one of America's most beloved literary figures.
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Kirsten Anderson
Kirsten Anderson is a writer and actress who lives in New York City with her charming Pomeranian, Sunflower. She has written several biographies for children, including Who Is Zendaya? and Who Is Kamala Harris?

Andrew Thomson is an illustrator and artist, currently living and working near Guildford in the south of England. He studied illustration in Preston and graduated in 2010, and has been exchanging pictures for money ever since.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780399543982
Lexile Measure
830L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
February 20, 2021
Series
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF025200 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States/19th Century
JNF042000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry | General
JNF007030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Literary
Library of Congress categories
19th century
Biographies
Poets, American
Poets
Whitman, Walt

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