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Anne Bradstreet (Carr) - Christian Biographies for Young Readers

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Series Description

The Christian Biographies for Young Readers series introduces children to important people in the Christian tradition. Parents and school teachers alike will welcome the excellent educational value it provides by teaching young readers the historical and theological relevance of each figure.


Anne Bradstreet was the first published poet in America. She arrived in the American colonies in 1630 and lived an often difficult pioneering life. Despite the disapproval of people who thought that only men should write and study, Anne expressed her thoughts in beautiful poetry. Today’s students of Anne’s poetry appreciate her descriptions of early American colonial life and her honest accounts of her struggles and joys. For Christians, Anne’s poems are much more than this, encouraging them to recognize the beauty of God’s creation, His faithfulness, and His unfailing promises. 



Chapter 1: Growing and Learning 

Chapter 2: A Brand-New World 

Chapter 3: A Passion for Writing 

Chapter 4: A Published Author 

Chapter 5: Joys and Sorrows 

Chapter 6: Leaving a Legacy 

Time Line 

Did You Know? 

From Anne’s Pen 



“A readable and engaging biography of America's first woman poet that highlights the importance of religious faith in her life.” 

—Francis J. Bremer, author of Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction and John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father 

“In this book, Simonetta Carr offers a wonderful, compelling portrait of Anne Bradstreet, a devout Christian and arguably the most important poet in colonial America.” 

—Thomas S. Kidd, author of America's Religious History and research professor of church history, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 

“A captivating insight into the turbulent consequences of the seventeenth century’s Great Ejection and one young girl’s remarkable journey of courageous faith. As Carr traces the life of poet Anne Bradstreet, readers of all ages will be inspired by one woman’s steadfast conviction of the goodness and power of God through suffering and her insistence on seeing beauty through brokenness.”   

—Emily Lucas, tutor for women and student welfare, tutor in the Priscilla Programme, and tutor in church history, Union School of Theology, London 

About the Author

Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she homeschooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband, Thomas, and family. She is a member of Christ United Reformed Church, Santee, California. 

About the Illustrator

Matt Abraxas has traveled from California to France, studying different approaches to art. He enjoys creating and teaching art and currently exhibits his work at the SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. Matt lives with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Zorba and Rainer, in Lafayette, Colorado.