Mike Venezia

Born in New York City, Venezia and his family traveled between New York and Chicago because they wanted to be near relatives in both cities, but they couldn't decide in which place they wanted to live.  Fortunately, Venezia's father worked as an airline mechanic and could transfer jobs frequently.  Finally they decided to settle in Chicago when Venezia was ten years old, and he went on to graduate from high school and attend The Art Institute of Chicago.  Broadening his artistic ability, he earned his bachelor of fine arts degree and later took a job for the advertising agency of Leo Burnett Company.

After 33 years and having been the executive director and vice president of the company, Venezia retired to be a full-time author and illustrator of children's books.  His writing career had begun in 1978 and since then Venezia has created award-winning books and movies about history, art, and music.  His series called Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers gives readers the opportunity to learn about well-known and somewhat unknown composers.  He has also produced Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists and Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents.  He has animated videos to compliment some of his books, and Venezia currently is pursuing a new topic—inventors and scientists.

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Albert Einstein, Universal Genius
by Mike Venezia
Reprint from Children's Press
for 3rd-7th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$5.91
Andrew Jackson
Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 1st-5th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
Andy Warhol
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Great Artists (Location: ELE-ARTISTS)
$3.60 (1 in stock)
George Handel
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Music Education & Reference (Location: ELE-MUSREF)
Henri Matisse
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Great Artists (Location: ELE-ARTISTS)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Igor Stravinsky
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Music History (Location: ELE-MUSHIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Jackson Pollock
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Great Artists (Location: ELE-ARTISTS)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Music History (Location: ELE-MUSHIS)
Johannes Brahms
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Music History (Location: ELE-MUSHIS)
Leonard Bernstein
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Music History (Location: ELE-MUSHIS)
Ludwig van Beethoven
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Music History (Location: ELE-MUSHIS)
Mary Cassatt
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
Picture Book Biography for 4th-6th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$2.80 (1 in stock)
Norman Rockwell
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Great Artists (Location: ELE-ARTISTS)
$3.60 (1 in stock)
Pablo Picasso
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Great Artists (Location: ELE-ARTISTS)
$2.80 (1 in stock)
Pablo Picasso
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Great Artists (Location: ELE-ARTISTS)
Peter Tchaikovsky
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Music History (Location: ELE-MUSHIS)
Pieter Brugel
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
Rembrandt
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists
by Mike Venezia
Revised from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Great Artists (Location: ELE-ARTISTS)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Ronald Reagan
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 2nd-6th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
Salvador Dali
by Mike Venezia
Revised from Children's Press
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Great Artists (Location: ELE-ARTISTS)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 2nd-4th grade
in Music History (Location: ELE-MUSHIS)
Wright Brothers
by Mike Venezia
Reprint from Children's Press
for 3rd-7th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$4.80 (1 in stock)