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Illustrator David Geister/3 Books Giveaway. Ends March 21st

About the Illustrator: David Geister is an artist whose love of the natural beauty of the land and fascination with his country’s history is celebrated in his work. He creates landscapes, portraits and depictions of historic events in a variety of mediums…oil on canvas, pen and ink drawings and watercolor sketches done in a nineteenth-century style.

As a child growing up at the confluence of theMississippiandSt. Croixrivers inPrescott,Wisconsin, Dave became immersed in the works of Mark Twain and Bruce Catton, and when he wasn’t reading or reenacting battles with toy soldiers, he was drawing. As a young man, four years of service in the United States Marine Corps left him with a deep appreciation for the drama of American history and the desire to tell those stories.

Dave has worked for a number of years as an illustrator, and his paintings have been featured in The Saturday Evening Post and several issues of The History Channel Magazine. His illustrations can be found in The Legend of Minnesota, The Legend of Wisconsin, The Voyageur’s Paddle, and Riding to Washington, children’s picture books published by Sleeping Bear Press.

The Minnesota Historical Society has called upon Dave’s skills as a historical artist and interpreter for many of its sites throughout the state. He can occasionally be glimpsed in costume as one of the early inhabitants ofMinnesota’s Historic Fort Snelling, where he enjoys portraying the surgeon as well as the frontier artists Seth Eastman and George Catlin.

Dave lives in Minneapolis, Minnesotawith his dear wife, Pat Bauer, and his lovely stepdaughters, Eva and Allison, who share his love of history and art.

My review about David Geister the artist/illustrator

David Geister is a gifted and skillful historical artist. His paintings are very inspirational and human-like. David captures the facts and feelings of each story which shows in his paintings that helps brings each story to life.

The illustrations are vibrant, bold and beautiful with incredible attention to details which helps to bring the story to life. Every child and adults will find these books educational and engaging to read.

Great job David!

Books illustrated by David Geister


About Patricia Bauer wife of David Geister and author of B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet:

I am what is often referred to as a “veteran” teacher, which means that I’ve been around for a very long time!! My passions include history, music, art and literature, and I try to share those with my students by dressing in costume, singing songs, reading picture books, sharing art, showing videos of me in costume shooting a musket…and anything else that I can think of to catch their interest. I have never yet had a student say, “Can we read Chapter Ten again?” but I frequently hear, “When can we sing that song again?” or, “Are you going to read to us today?” To read more about the author click

About the Book: B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet takes readers on a journey into one of the most important chapters of our nation’s past. For four years our young country’s sense of self and citizenry was shaken to the core as North and South battled each other. B is for Battle Cry takes readers to life historic battles (Antietam and Gettysburg), introduces renowned leaders (Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee), explores inventions (ironclad ship and Gatling gun), and delves into  inspiring events and documents (the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation). From the first shot fired at Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, B is for Battle Cry brings this nation-defining time period to vivid life.

Paintings By David Geister

My Review: B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet: The beautifully illustrations of this book take readers on an A –Z journey into the Civil War, introducing them to the renowned leaders, historic battles, inspiring events and documents of the Civil War.

A is for Abraham Lincoln and his history of becoming the 16th president of theUnited States.  H is for Hardtack, the soldiers each received 10 pieces of hardtack as part of heir daily rations. S is for Spies, Wild Rose was a lady who spied for the South. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

Books Spotlight


S Is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet written by Larry Verstraete


Paintings by David Geister

About the Book: What clutter-busting need was behind the invention of the World Wide Web? Which stain-fighting chemical got its start when a lab assistant dropped a beaker on a lab floor? In S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet, the origins behind some of the most important scientific discoveries are explored.

Riding to Washington written by Gwenyth Swain


Paintings by David Geister

About the Book: Young Janie is a troublemaker, forced to go along with her father to the March onWashington in August 1963. She’s never spent much time before with blacks—who seem from the TV news reports to be troublemakers, too. Now, as one of the few whites on a bus headed to Washington, Janie sees her fellow travelers encountering discrimination. Ultimately she decides that some trouble is well worth making.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books from the illustrator in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


Giveaway Rules


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Giveaway Ends March 21st.

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This Giveaway Has Ended!

Winners are #16 – @sensiblysara, #22 – ape2016 and #21 – Amanda


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  1. Loved the review and the art is beautiful. I would love to have those for my son.

    Comment by Jennifer Garcia | March 1, 2012 | Reply

  2. I love the book covers and the plot-these types of experimental accidents would be interesting to a middle grade and even younger child. Thank you for the chance to win! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

    Comment by krystallarson | March 1, 2012 | Reply

  3. All of these books seem worth getting just for the gorgeous illustrations. The picture of the soldier with his bad coffee and hardtack makes me wince. I’m so glad I never had to eat that stuff.

    Comment by Heidi Grange | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  4. I had not heard of these books, but I really love the idea of doing an alphabet book based on a theme–especially related to something specific in history like discoveries or the Civil War. I think these are some of my favorite children’s pictures in history books so far because of the almost exclusive use of one color palate per picture, drawing attention to a main focus (soldier eating, canoe going down the river) but letting all the elements mesh. I can bet these are truly beautiful in-person. I would love for my son to have one of these!


    Comment by Ann Roberts | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  5. What awesome talent!! These pictures seem to pop out of the page and mesmerize the mind! I love the fact that the topics of all these books are ‘real’. Our children today deserve to hear things as they are; there is way too much ‘make believe’ for them to loose themselves in. These books would be great to wake them up to the reality of the world we live in.

    Comment by Aishah Bey | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  6. An amazing husband and wife team. What better way to teach children our History. I am a lover of our early History, especially the 19th century. These paintings and drawings are incredible. These books are on my TBL. Thanks for this post.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  7. I love the beautiful illustrations in the books…David Geister is definitely very talented! I think these books are a great way to introduce kids to history in a neat way with pictures they’ll really enjoy looking at 🙂

    Comment by Kristie | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  8. These books are about some serious issues and events that most children today do not understand. The illustrations are very vivid and are almost picturelike. I would love to sit down and read these to my children.

    Comment by Lauren | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  9. Wow, these are stunning. I think these would be wonderful books to add to our collection for school. I think it is easier for young children to understand books when the art depicts the story so wonderfully.

    Comment by lisa | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  10. The illustrations are beautiful! ABC books are wonderful for the classroom. You can certainly extend student learning by having students create their own. I’d love to add them to my classroom!


    Comment by Katie W. | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  11. I’d really like to have a copy of Riding to Washington. It looks like a simple way to introduce children to some very complex ideas.

    Comment by domestic diva | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  12. Absolutely beautiful illustration work! My children love looking at the illustrations in a book and often spend a lot of time discussing them. All of these books sound wonderful and my son would especially love B is for Battle Cry as he is really into learning about our history. I am going to put that one on my wish list.

    Comment by Mindy S. | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  13. P.S. My email address is daisysmom2002 at yahoo dot com.

    Comment by Mindy S. | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  14. Wow–these illustrations are BEAUTIFUL. As a former elementary school teacher, I love alphabet books. They are such a simple way to present the alphabet in a novel way while connecting it to interesting topics. I would be so happy to add these to my collection and share them with my own little ones.

    Comment by Becca K | March 3, 2012 | Reply

  15. The illustrations are nice. I like those alphabet books and the historical settings.

    Comment by Vanessa | March 3, 2012 | Reply

  16. The artwork in these books is BEAUTIFUL! I’d love to add one of them to my kids’ collection!

    Thanks so much for the chance!

    residentmayor at

    Comment by @SensiblySara | March 3, 2012 | Reply

  17. What a wonderful website here, a wonderful thing you’re doing for children and struggling families, and a wonderful set of books. Thank you for highlighting them. I’m always looking for good, educational, books for my children.

    I know you didn’t ask this question, but this question comes to mind: Which book would you choose, if you could choose one of the three? If you were wondering… 🙂 I’d choose the B is for Battle Cry. I love hearing stories about the Civil War. Growing up in the Gettysburg area, it holds a place in my heart as a very significant part of our history.

    Thanks for featuring these books!

    Comment by Jen K. | March 4, 2012 | Reply

  18. As a homeschool family we collet great educational books and these look like they would be great in our collection. My boys love book so we use them often for lessons. We have used some of the David Geister series brfore and love them.

    Comment by Daily Woman | March 5, 2012 | Reply

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    Comment by Aishah | March 5, 2012 | Reply

  20. Wow there are so many great things about these books. First of all, he grew up in my state! I always love to support people who could call my state home. Second of all, beautiful, beautiful illustrations. Third of all, we are thinking about homeschooling someday and these books like like they would be really helpful for that and educational (regardless of whether we do homeschool or not, I still like to know my kids are learning something).

    Comment by Melissa | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  21. The illustrations are gorgeous! Definitely look like books my children would enjoy reading and I would love for them to read. They look like a great way to learn without feeling like it’s “school time”. thanks for the review. I hadn’t ever heard of them before. 😉

    Comment by Amanda | March 7, 2012 | Reply

  22. Absolutely beautiful illustrations and I love the idea of a Civil War ‘alphabet’ type book. My kids would love any one of these.

    Comment by ape2016 | March 8, 2012 | Reply

  23. Would love to have S is for Scientists for my kids, they love doing kitchen science with me.

    Comment by jshallow01 | March 8, 2012 | Reply

  24. I love the illustrations. My kids would enjoy these..

    Comment by Gianna | March 14, 2012 | Reply

  25. David’s paintings are beautiful and you can see his love of American History and patriotism shine through. These look like books definitely worth looking for.

    Comment by Amy W. | March 20, 2012 | Reply

  26. These are wonderful themes for children books. I love that it incorporates basic reading with history and discovery. My 6 year old son is very interested in washington and the Civil war, and my 5 year old loves science! Even my three year old could benefit with the “alphabet” part of the book. I Love the idea.

    Comment by Naomie B. (@kidsanddeals) | March 20, 2012 | Reply

  27. The combination of artistic skills along with creative dialog to educate children is very evident in these lovely books. The illustrations shown are beautiful and engaging and I can just see the wheels of little minds turning as they are engaged in the tales these books tell. Well done!

    Comment by Diane Melendez | March 20, 2012 | Reply

  28. Wow love the adtwork, its stunnimg! My dd would love S is for Scientist, she is a curious little one.

    Comment by Larissa B | March 20, 2012 | Reply

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