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Kathleen Krull

An Author Study by Becky Laney, spring 2004

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

*Born July 29, 1952, in Fort Leonard Wood, MO., to Kenneth and Helen Krull.
*Fired from her part-time job in her local library for reading instead of working.
*Music is her other passion (besides writing). As a teenager she gave piano lessons, and played the organ for her church. She has written about music in several of her books.
*Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked at four children's publishing companies.
*Married to children's book illustrator Paul Brewer. Their first collaboration (fiction) has just been published, Clip, Clip, Clip: Three Stories About Hair.
*Lives in San Diego, California.

COLLECTIVE BIOGRAPHIES

Krull, Kathleen. 2003. The book of rock stars: Twenty-one musical icons that shine through history. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. New York: Hyperion Press. ISBN: 0-786-81950-2.

Krull, Kathleen. 2000. Lives of extraordinary women: Rulers, rebels (and what the neighbors thought). Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. New York: Harcourt, Inc. ISBN: 0-15-200807-1.

Krull, Kathleen. 1999. They saw the future: oracles, psychics, scientists, great thinkers, and pretty good guessers. Illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. ISBN: 0-689-81295-7.

Krull, Kathleen. 1998. Lives of the presidents: Fame, shame (and what the neighbors thought). Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. New York: Harcourt, Inc. ISBN: 0-15-200808-X.

Krull, Kathleen. 1997. Lives of the athletes: Thrills, spills (and what the neighbors thought). New York: Harcourt Brace & Company. ISBN: 0-15-200806-3.

Krull, Kathleen. 1995. Lives of the artists: Masterpieces, messes (and what the neighbors thought). Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company. ISBN: 0-15-200103-4

Krull, Kathleen. 1994. Lives of the writers: Comedies, tragedies (and what the neighbors thought). Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company. ISBN: 0-15-248009-9.

Krull, Kathleen. 1993. Lives of the musicians: Good times, bad times (and what the neighbors thought). Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers. ISBN: 0-15-248010-2.

INDIVIDUAL BIOGRAPHIES

Krull, Kathleen. 2004. The boy on fairfield street: How Ted Geisel grew up to become Dr. Seuss. Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. New York: Random House. ISBN: 0-375-82298-4.

Krull, Kathleen. 2003. Harvesting hope: The story of Cesar Chavez. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. New York: Harcourt, Inc. ISBN: 0-15-201437-3.

Krull, Kathleen. 1996. Wilma unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph became the world's fastest woman. Illustrated by David Diaz. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. ISBN: 0-15-201267-2.

NONFICTION BOOKS ABOUT AMERICA

Krull, Kathleen. 1999. Kids' Guide to the Bill of Rights: Curfews, censors, and the100 pound giant. Illustrated by Anna DiVito. New York: Avon Books. ISBN: 0-38-097497-5.

Krull, Kathleen. 1997. Wish you were here: Emily's guide to the fifty states. Illustrated by Amy Schwartz. New York: Doubleday. ISBN: 0-385-31146-X.

Krull, Kathleen. 1995. V is for victory: America remembers world war II. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN: 0-679-86198-X.

Krull, Kathleen. 1994. Bridges to change: how kids live on a South Carolina Sea Island. Photographs by David Hautzig. New York: Lodestar/Dutton.

Krull, Kathleen. 1994. City within a city: how kids live in New York's Chinatown. Photographs by David Hautzig. New York: Lodestar/Dutton.

Krull, Kathleen. 1994. One nation--many tribes: how kids live in Milwaukee's Indian community. Photographs by David Hautzig. New York: Lodestar/Dutton.

Krull, Kathleen. 1994. The other side: how kids live in a California Latino neighborhood. Photographs by David Hautzig. New York: Lodestar/Dutton.

MISCELLANEOUS NONFICTION

Krull, Kathleen. 2003. M is for music. Illustrated by Stacy Innerst. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc. ISBN: 0-15-201438-1.

Krull, Kathleen. 2003. The night the martians landed: Just the facts (plus the rumors) about invaders from Mars. Illusttrated by Christopher Santoro. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN: 0-688-17247-4.

Krull, Kathleen. 2003. What really happened in Roswell? Just the facts (plus the rumors) about UFOs and aliens. Illustrated by Christopher Santoro. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN: 0-688-17249-0.

ABOUT KATHLEEN KRULL

Krull writes both nonfiction and fiction books. I have only listed her nonfiction titles. Before beginning her "real" career as a writer she collaborated with other writers for a series of nonfiction concept books for young readers. These books were written in the late seventies and early eighties. She does not make a point of mentioning them in her bibliography of books she has written.
Her "real" career took off when she began writing a series of collective biographies. The "Lives Of" series (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, and 2000) focused on musicians, writers, artists, athletes, presidents, and women. The "Lives Of" series has been completed, however. This series is interesting for several reasons. One of which is that Krull's inspiration for these books came from seeing the illustrator's artwork. Kathryn Hewitt, the illustator, specialized in caricature sketches of famous figures. After seeing some of her work, she decided to work with Hewitt and write biographies to go along with Hewitt's art.

Krull's talent is providing rich details in a kid-friendly layout. Her goal is not to provide her reader with everything there is to know on a subject but to show how "history" can be fun and relevant by showing kids and young adults that these "historical figures" were regular everyday people.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Read my author study paper that compares and contrasts three of Kathleen Krull's books: THE BOY ON FAIRFIELD STREET, LIVES OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN, and KIDS' GUIDE TO THE BILL OF RIGHTS.

Comparison Krull Paper

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