I loved reading historical fiction as a child and have enjoyed the research involved in illustrating these. They are early works, but Go Free or Die, a story about Harriet Tubman, is used in classrooms nationwide, and The Country Artist was chosen for The Society of Illustrator’s Show, which is a rare occurrence for a “chapter book.”
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Saint Pio of Pietrelcina: Rich in Love
written by Eileen Dunn Bartanzetti
illustrated by Karen Ritz
Daughters of St. Paul (2002); paper ISBN 0819870676
All ages

Biography of the newly canonized Padre Pio. Black & white pencil illustration.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe Saint Maximilian Kolbe: Mary's Knight
written by Patricia Edward Jablonski
illustrated by Karen Ritz
Pauline Books (2002); paper ISBN 0819870455
All ages

Biography of the Catholic priest who sacrificed his life for a fellow Jewish prisoner's in Auschwitz during WWII. Black & white pencil illustration.

Sisters Against Slavery Sisters Against Slavery:
A Story About Sarah and Angelina Grimke
written by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
illustrated by Karen Ritz
Carolrhoda (1999); ISBN 1575053616
Ages 9-12

Biography of the trailblazing Grinke sisters and the inspiring lives they led in their fight against slavery. Pencil chapter illustrations.

Seneca Chief, Army General Seneca Chief, Army General:
A Story About Ely Parker
written by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
illustrated by Karen Ritz
Carolrhoda (2000); ISBN 1575054310
Ages 9-12

Biography of the Seneca Indian who helped save his people's land, was elected a sachem, served in the Union Army, became a general, and was named commissioner of Indian Affairs. Pencil chapter illustrations.

Writer of the Plains Writer of the Plains: a Story about Willa Cather
written by Thomas Streissguth
illustrated by Karen Ritz
Carolrhoda (1997); ISBN 1575050153;
paper ISBN 1575050609
Ages 4-8

Biography of the noted American author Willa Cather, emphasizing her youth and early career. Pencil chapter illustrations.

"Karen Ritz's full-page pencil drawings are quiet and beautiful."

Between Two Worlds Between Two Worlds: A Story About Pearl Buck
written by Barbara Mitchell
illustrated by Karen Ritz
Carolrhoda Books (1988); ISBN 087614332X
Ages 4-8

Biography of American author Pearl Buck, winner of both the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes for literature. Pencil chapter illustrations.

Go Free or Die Go Free or Die: A Story About Harriet Tubman
written by Jeri Ferris
illustrated by Karen Ritz
Carolrhoda Books (1988); ISBN 0876143176
paper ISBN 0876145047
Ages 4-8

Biography of the black woman whose cruel experiences as a slave in the South led her to seek freedom in the North for herself and for others through the underground railroad. Pencil chapter illustrations.

The Country Artist Country Artist: a Story about Beatrix Potter
written by David R. Collins
illustrated by Karen Ritz
Carolrhoda Books (1990); ISBN 0876145098
Houghton Mifflin reader ISBN 017604275X
Harcourt Brace ISBN 0153022035
Ages 4-8

Biography of the English author and illustrator who grew up during the Victorian era and whose detailed drawings of plants and animals found their way into her famous picture books. Pencil chapter illustrations.

Selected for the 1990 Society of Illustrators Show

Frontier Surgeons Frontier Surgeons:
A Story About the Mayo Brothers

written by Emily Crofford
illustrated by Karen Ritz
Carolrhoda Books (1989); ISBN 0876143818
paper ISBN 0876145535
Ages 4-8

Biography of the two doctor brothers whose Minnesota clinic became world-famous. Pencil chapter illustrations.

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