Elwyn White loved words. As a child, he chased them through dictionary pages and crafted into poems for St. Nicholas magazine. When he was a young man, words led him to writing jobs at big city newspapers and The New Yorker. And when his own stories came calling, E. B. White spun his words into classics such as Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little—and readers have been chasing his words ever since.

In this stunning first-ever fully illustrated biography of the legendary author E. B. White, Sibert medalist and Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet uses White’s letters, photos, and manuscripts—as well as her original collaged art—to convey the true story of one of the most beloved authors of all time.


“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White’s granddaughter.



“…an excellent guide to the life of a celebrated writer.”

—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review


“Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story. A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.”

—Kirkus, STARRED review


“Sweet ties together elements of White’s life in both pleasantly rambling prose and enchanting illustrations, constructed from found objects, collage, and watercolor scenes. Photos, handwritten letters, early drafts, and other ephemera, along with artfully typed out quotes from White’s work, layer over each inviting page… This beautiful piece of bookmaking with enchanting artwork will easily draw in young readers, and the warm account of the adored author will keep them turning pages.”

—Booklist, STARRED review


“Sweet raises her collage skills to new heights while bringing her love and admiration for fellow Mainer E. B. White to the page for everyone to appreciate. Just as her astounding collages blend materials that might have been found in a barn in Maine, the text carefully blends her words with those of the beloved writer of children’s books… Sweet has written and drawn a fast-moving, thorough, deeply researched, and accessible biography.”

—Horn Book, STARRED review


“Drop everything and share widely.”

—School Library Journal, STARRED review