Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Here on these pages you will find the grandfather I knew so well….Now thanks to Melissa Sweet, you can know him too.
— Martha White

Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell the story of this American literary icon. Readers young and old will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute, a New York Times bestseller, includes an afterword by Martha White, his granddaughter. 

Find this award-winning book at local independent bookstores, through IndieBound, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or in your local library. Available soon in paperback!

FOR EDUCATORS: The Classroom Bookshelf gives teachers and educators a comprehensive guide across the curriculum, including Primary Sources, Answers to Hard Questions, Author and Illustrator Study, and much more.

Visit the book trailer, the NPR Interviewa short film with Martha White talking about her grandfather, and Curious City’s Art Activity using E. B. White’s words.


2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Award

Amazon Top 20 Children’s Books of 2016

Booklist Editors' Choice 2016

Book Links’ Lasting Connections 2016

Book Page Best of 2016

Bulletin  Blue Ribbon 2016

Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2016

Horn Book Fanfare

Kirkus Best of 2016

Nerdy Book Club Nerdies 2016 Longform Nonfiction

New York Times Bestseller

People Best Children’s Books of 2016

Publishers Weekly Best of 2016

Raleigh News & Observer Best of 2016

San Francisco Chronicle Best of 2016

School Library Journal Best of 2016

Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year

Nonfiction Detectives: Best of 2016

Washington Post Best of 2016

2016 NEIBA Book Award, children’s

Drop everything and share widely.
— School Library Journal, starred review
An excellent guide to the life of a celebrated writer.
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
Sweet raises her collage skills to new heights while bringing her love and admiration for fellow Mainer E. B. White to the page for everyone to appreciate. Just as her astounding collages blend materials that might have been found in a barn in Maine, the text carefully blends her words with those of the beloved writer of children’s books... Sweet has written and drawn a fast-moving, thorough, deeply researched, and accessible biography.
— Horn Book, starred review
What elevates this book to the stratosphere is the art. Practically glowing, it turns a very fine biography into something original, creative, and marvelous.
E. B. White is such a fixture in the children’s literature landscape that it’s hard to think of him as a regular person. Fortunately, Melissa Sweet comes to the rescue in this individual, creative, and thoroughly artistic chronicle of the noted writer’s life.
— Bulletin, starred review
Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story. A masterful biography.
— Kirkus, starred review
This beautiful piece of bookmaking with enchanting artwork will easily draw in young readers, and the warm account of the adored author will keep them turning pages.
— Booklist, starred review
An E. B. White biography like no other.
— BookPage