Author & Illustrator

Melissa Sweet

Biography

Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than eighty children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor books The Right Word and A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams both written by Jen Bryant. She also wrote and illustrated Tupelo Rides the Rails; Carmine: A Little More Red, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; and Balloons Over Broadway, a picture book biography that was named a 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Picture Book. When she is not in her studio, Melissa can be found taking an art class, hiking with her dogs, or riding her bicycle. She lives with her family in Rockport, Maine.

Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship
How to Read a Book
You Nest Here with Me
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Little Red Writing
Spike, the Mixed-up Monster
Balloons Over Broadway

Most Popular Melissa Sweet Books

    Balloons Over Broadway
    Melissa Sweet
    How to Read a Book
    Kwame Alexander, Melissa Sweet
    Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
    Susan Hood, Sophie Blackall, Emily Winfield Martin, Shadra Stickland, Melissa Sweet, LeUyen Pham, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Lisa Brown, Selina Alko, Hadley Hooper, Isabel Roxas, Erin Robinson, Sara Palacios
    Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
    Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet
    Bat Jamboree
    Kathi Appelt, Melissa Sweet
    Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
    Melissa Sweet

Book Stats

3
Authored
15
Illustrated
23
Collaborators

All Melissa Sweet Books

YearTitleAuthorIllustratorPages
2021Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and FriendshipDavid ElliottMelissa Sweet40
2019How to Read a BookKwame AlexanderMelissa Sweet32
2019You Nest Here with MeJane Yolen, Heidi E. Y. StempleMelissa Sweet28
2018Firefly July: A Year of Very Short PoemsPaul B JaneczkoMelissa Sweet48
2018Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the WorldSusan HoodSophie BlackallEmily Winfield MartinShadra SticklandMelissa SweetLeUyen PhamOge MoraJulie MorstadLisa BrownSelina AlkoHadley HooperIsabel RoxasErin RobinsonSara Palacios40
2016Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. WhiteMelissa Sweet176
2014Right Word: Roget and His ThesaurusJen BryantMelissa Sweet42
2013Little Red WritingJoan HolubMelissa Sweet36
2012Spike, the Mixed-up MonsterSusan HoodMelissa Sweet40
2011Balloons Over BroadwayMelissa SweetMelissa Sweet40
2009The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet TownJudy SierraMelissa Sweet40
2008A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos WilliamsJen BryantMelissa Sweet34
2005Carmine: A Little More RedMelissa SweetMelissa Sweet40
2002Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by WomenCatherine ThimmeshMelissa Sweet121
2000Bats Around the ClockKathi AppeltMelissa Sweet32
1998Bat JamboreeKathi AppeltMelissa Sweet32

Collaborators

Kwame Alexander
Susan Hood
Sophie Blackall
Emily Winfield Martin
Shadra Stickland
LeUyen Pham
Oge Mora
Julie Morstad
Lisa Brown
Selina Alko
Hadley Hooper
Isabel Roxas
Erin Robinson
Sara Palacios
Jen Bryant
Kathi Appelt
Judy Sierra
Joan Holub
Paul B Janeczko
Jane Yolen
Heidi E. Y. Stemple
David Elliott
Catherine Thimmesh

Book Dedications by Melissa Sweet

  • To Tony Sarg and his cast of characters
    Balloons Over Broadway