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Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon

Meet Cindy ShermanBy Jan Greenberg
& Sandra Jordan

Roaring Brook Press
A Neal Porter Book

How does someone become a ground-breaking artist? Does it start when you're very little and discover that you like to play dress up? Does it happen when you're ten years old and someone gives you a Polaroid camera for Christmas? Maybe it begins in college, when you're finally on your own to discover the world as you see it for the first time.

Looking at the life of legendary photographer Cindy Sherman, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan have created an unconventional biography, that much like Cindy Sherman’s famous photographs, has something a little more meaningful under the surface.

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Kirkus Best Books (Middle Grade) of the year 2017
Society of Midland Authors in the Children's Nonfiction Honor Book
Junior Library Guild Selection

Learn more and read the reviews >

Vincent van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist has been selected as a Common Core “Text Exemplar, Appendix B.”  Learn more >
Jan and Sandra were Winners of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC 36th Annual Non-fiction Award, for lifetime achievement.

Recent Release

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 >

A Ballet for Martha

Ballet for Martha:
Making Appalachian Spring

by Jan Greenberg
and Sandra Jordan
illustrated by Brian Floca

Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan tell the behind-the-scenes story of the collaboration of three trail-blazing artists who created the modern ballet, Appalachian Spring. From the first spark of inspiration through Martha’s intense rehearsal process, readers find this a compelling picture book. The illustrator is two-time Sibert Honor winner Brian Floca, whose vivid watercolors capture the artistic intensity of Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, and Isamu Noguchi.  Learn more >

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.

Sandra is Consultant and First Reader  for the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency—Mysteries. Send questions and submissions to or visit the website for more information.


The Mad Potter

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

Robert F. Sibert Award - Honor

ALSC Notable Children's Books

Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens List

2014 NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Title

Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List

Kansas William Allen White Award Master List

CCBC Choice (University. of Wisconsin)

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

School, Library Journal, Best Books of the Year 2014

Booklist, Editor’s Choice 2014

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.

Book cover: A Ballet for MarthaA 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.