A Home for Mr. Emerson

by Barbara Kerley, Illustrated By Edwin Fotheringham

Scholastic Press
March 2014

Ages 8 – 12 . Grades 3 – 7

Library of Congress: 2013007482

Lexile measure: 830L



"Tis the good reader that makes the good book" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
An NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book

* "Exuberant." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

From the award-winning creators of What to Do About Alice?, comes a joyful portrait of an American icon and an inspiring blueprint for how to live your life.

Before Ralph Waldo Emerson was a great writer, he was a city boy who longed for the broad, open fields and deep, still woods of the country, and then a young man who treasured books, ideas, and people. When he grew up and set out in the world, he wondered, could he build a life around these things he loved?

This moving biography--presented with Kerley and Fotheringham's inimitable grace and style--illustrates the rewards of a life well-lived, one built around personal passions: creativity and community, nature and friendship.

May it inspire you to experiment and build the life you dream of living.
Edwin Fotheringham

Edwin Fotheringham’s stylish, award-winning illustrations have graced the pages of The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other publications. He has illustrated numerous highly acclaimed nonfiction picture books, such as Barbara Kerley's What to Do About Alice?, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book; The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), a New York Public Library Best Children's Book; Those Rebels, John & Tom, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book; and A Home for Mr. Emerson, a NAPPA Gold Award winner; as well as younger fiction picture books, such as Pam Muñoz Ryan's Tony Baloney and the eponymous beginning reader series, Jennifer Hamburg's Monkey and Duck Quack Up!, a spring 2015 Indie Favorite, and Andria Rosenbaum’s Big Sister, Little Monster. Ed lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit him online at
Barbara Kerley

Barbara Kerley is a two-time Sibert Honoree and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honoree whose award-winning biographies include What to Do About Alice?, The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), Those Rebels, John & Tom, and A Home for Mr. Emerson, all illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham; Tigers & Tea with Toppy, illustrated by Matte Stephens; and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and Walt Whitman: Words for America, illustrated by Brian Selznick. Kerley's books have all been praised for their lively prose, meticulous research, and artistic presentation style. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at


  • Praise for WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?

    Sibert Honor Book
    Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

    "Kerley reveals the essence of Alice in an upbeat account of her life."--THE NEW YORK TIMES

    *"Spectacular art."--BOOKLIST, starred review

    *"A gleeful celebration."--KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review


    Washington Post Best Book for Young Readers
    New York Public Library Best Children's Book

    *"A masterfully perceptive and largely visual biography . . . dynamic and lovely . . . a joy to peruse."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review.

    "A great new book."--THE NEW YORK TIMES

    *"Accessible and inventive."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

    Praise for THOSE REBELS, JOHN & TOM

    NCTE Orbus Pictus Honor Book
    NAPPA Gold Award Winner

    *"Witty and wise."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

    *"Fun, energetic . . . clever . . . skillful . . . a terrific book to lead the charge in learning about the Revolution."--BOOKLIST, starred review



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545350884

48pp. | 8-½ x 12