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Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel

The Story of Anne Bradstreet, America's First Published Poet

Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel

The Story of Anne Bradstreet, America's First Published Poet

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The inspiring story of a Puritan woman whose passion for writing poetry broke barriers.

Late at night, with her children tucked into bed and her husband away on business, Anne Dudley Bradstreet composed poems by candlelight. She let her thoughts from the day tumble out, memorizing each poem line by line before daring to shape the words onto scraps of scarce parchment. Puritan women in the 1600s weren't allowed to be writers. But when the world learned about Anne's poetry, even she was astonished by what happened next.

This charmingly illustrated picture book tells the inspiring story of how a Puritan woman overcame the obstacles facing women of her era to become one of the most famous poets in history. A gifted writer of deep faith, Anne Bradstreet blazed a trail for the rights of women to study, write, and achieve.

Download the free Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel Educator's Guide for kids to continue learning about Anne Bradstreet and her writing.


"An inspirational tribute! Katie Munday Williams's rich imagery and Tania Rex's engaging illustrations immerse readers in Anne's world. Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel introduces young readers to a new literary hero."

Rochelle Melander, teaching artist and author of Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing

"Anne Bradstreet refused to be bound by the societal and physical challenges she faced during her life. Her story is a prime example of the power of words to transcend our lives."

Kristina A. Holzweiss, 2015 Scholastic School Librarian of the Year

"Katie Munday Williams masterfully threads historic facts throughout this well-written, beautifully illustrated story of one of America's true barrier breakers!"

Nancy Roe Pimm, author of Fly, Girl, Fly!

"Katie Munday Williams takes her readers on a beautiful journey of hope, strength, tenacity, and patience--all the traits we aspire for girls to have in order to dream big, even when the odds seem stacked against them."

Leila Kubesch, 2020 Ohio Teacher of the Year and National Finalist, 2020 National Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

"This important picture book celebrates Anne Bradstreet's courage to follow her heart, to let it sing, and the wisdom with which she blazed such a difficult trail. May her story inspire children everywhere to embrace the power of words and trust the pull of their dreams."

Rhett Iseman Trull, author of the poetry collection The Real Warnings, winner of the Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and editor of the poetry journal Cave Wall


"Perfect for libraries wanting to beef up their picture book biographies collection, especially those looking for more titles about women authors."

School Library Journal

Product Info

  • Format Hardcover; Picture Book
  • ISBN 9781506463063
  • eBook ISBN 9781506468877
  • Age Early Grades (5-8 years)
  • Dimensions 8.75 x 10.25
  • Pages 40
  • Publication Date August 3, 2021