America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful


  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780399238857
  • 32 Pages
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • 3-7 years


Wendell Minor is an extraordinarily talented fine artist who has received more than two hundred awards for his work. Authors refer to him as a “quiet genius” who creates with simplicity and elegance, a “master” at capturing the essence of the written word in vivid imagery, of creating brilliant paintings that evoke the true spirit of story and place. He has illustrated hundreds of covers for many of the most popular books of the past few decades.

Now, inspired by Katharine Lee Bates’s classic verse, Minor gives readers his first picture book-beautiful visual accompaniment for an American standard. Traversing the entire nation, from the Empire State Building to the Grand Tetons, from the Alaskan coast to the Florida Everglades; encompassing multiple eras, from Pilgrims to wagon trains, from the Wright brothers to NASA, Minor takes us on a journey across land and time-literally from sea to shining sea.


America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

Katharine Bates, Illustrator: Wendell Minor


CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers – winner


“Wendell Minor has created covers for a shelf of classic American literature…He invests them with interest, with story, in a way few artists can… It is one of his greatest gifts.” -David McCullough
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