A Ballet for Martha

The Mad Potter:
George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius

by Jan Greenberg
and Sandra Jordan

Roaring Brook Press
A Neal Porter Book

Illustrated with evocative historical photographs and over fifty color reproductions of his ceramics, The Mad Potter tells the extraordinary story of an artist who was determined to make his mark and to create a new form in clay with his “no two alike” pots. The inspiring story of an eccentric American maverick, who never stopped believing that even the unlikeliest dreams can come true.  Learn more >

Editor Neal Porter

The Mad Potter received a Sibert Honor Award at ALA and is a Notable Book. This is a pic of our editor at Neal Porter Books (Roaring Brook Press)
standing at their booth at the conference January 27, 2014.

Jan Greenberg Sandra Jordan

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan are the authors of many distinguished books about art, including Action Jackson (a Sibert Honor book) and Christo and Jean-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond (an ALA Notable book). Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait of an Artist received a Sibert Honor and has been selected as a Common Core “Text Exemplar.” Their last two collaborations, Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring and The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius, have earned starred reviews and Sibert Honors. Ballet for Martha also received an NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and The Mad Potter was recognized as a Orbis Pictus Recommended Book.

The Mad Potter


The Mad Potter is a recipient of the following awards and distinctions:

ALA Notable Book
2014 Sibert Honor
2014 Best Book of the Year Booklist
2014 Best Book of the Year School Library Journal
2014 NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Title

On April 20th, Jan and Sandra received the 2013 Children's Book Guild of Washington D.C. Award for their body of work. Ms. Greenberg lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Jordan lives in New York, New York. Event flyer (PDF). To learn more about Jan and Sandra read “Inside the Remarkable Partnership of Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan” by Catherine Reef.

A Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring continues to receive praise and accolades. You can read the growing list here.


Read Sylvia Vardell’s interview with Jan Greenberg in the November 2012 issue of Book Links. (PDF)

Read Leonard Marcus's interview with Sandra Jordan in Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices.

Notes from the Horn Book asks “Five questions for Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.” Read the interview here.