Elwyn Brooks White was a nervous child, but he took solace in a pet mouse, his family’s farm, and the written word. Barbara Herkert’s A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider (Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt, $18.99) follows the life of children’s author, journalist, and essayist E.B. White. Simple, lyrical prose traces White’s journey from a small boy beset with hay fever to a seasoned reporter and columnist who dreamed of adventurous mice. White’s passion for the natural world inspired stories in which small, thoughtful underdogs—rodents, pigs, spiders—were heroes. Lauren Castillo’s warm, adorable illustrations gently draw readers into E.B. White’s world. Ages 7-10.
A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider--The Story of E. B. White - Barbara Herkert, Lauren Castillo