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The Little Books of the Little Brontës

by (author) Sara O'Leary

illustrated by Briony May Smith

Initial publish date
Oct 2023
European, Books & Libraries, Siblings
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4


The inspiring true tale of young siblings who loved to make stories — and grew up to be among English literature's finest writers. A picture book for fans of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein.

Many years ago, the four motherless children of the Brontë family — Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne — lived in a windswept house by the moors with their father. Although their lives were often filled with sadness and their world was only as large as the distance they could walk, their INNER worlds were bound only by their imaginations. Hungry for stories, these children devoured novels and poetry, history and fables. And with the gift of a group of toy soldiers, they were inspired to make their own stories, and their own tiny books . . . a passion that would last them a lifetime.

A moving and atmospheric story about the power of imagination, the joy of storytelling and the love of books, The Little Books of the Little Brontës will enchant both those who love these literary sisters and those who are learning about them for the first time. Includes an author's note, timeline of the Brontës' lives and a fun craft with instructions on creating your own little book.

About the authors


Sara O'Leary est auteure de livres pour adultes et pour enfants. Parmi ses oeuvres les plus connues, la série à succès Henry et les albums This is Sadie, illustré par Julie Morstad et You Are One, illustré par Karen Klassen. Diplômée du programme de création littéraire de l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique, elle a enseigné la scénarisation et l'écriture pour enfants à l'Université Concordia.


Sara O'Leary is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. She is the author of the award-winning series of Henry books and This Is Sadie, illustrated by Julie Morstad, and You Are One, illustrated by Karen Klassen. A graduate of the UBC Creative Writing Program, she has taught screenwriting and writing for children at Concordia University in Montreal.

Sara O'Leary's profile page

Briony May Smith's profile page


  • Short-listed, New Brunswick Book Awards - Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing
  • Winner, New Brunswick Book Awards - Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing

Editorial Reviews

"In a deeply sensitive work, O’Leary (Gemma and the Giant Girl) and Smith (The Mermaid Moon) focus on the diminutive volumes that Charlotte, Anne, Emily, and Branwell Brontë made for each other as children living in austere circumstances."
—STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly
"This charming celebration of reading and writing is one for the books." —STARRED REVIEW, Booklist
"Exquisitely crafted text and illustrations convey an emotionally resonant tale of resilient family bonds and the lasting joy of stories." —STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal
"Achingly beautiful . . . A sublime blend of tender and thoughtfully playful writing and bucolic, rosy-cheeked mixed media illustrations, this is an exceptional picture book." —STARRED REVIEW, Quill & Quire

"Splendidly affirming for young readers, writers, and artists." Kirkus Reviews
"A joyous, beguiling introduction to these Victorian writers." The Horn Book

"[C]elebrates the joy of imagining, curating a positive message for children and adults alike." Young Adulting

"The Little Books of The Little Brontës is wonderful! An adorable telling of the lives of the Brontë siblings as children and their fascination with telling stories. This is a perfect biography for any child interested in storytelling!” —Olivia Hoover, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

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