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Author and Cowriter of 90+ Books






2014 Wilbur Award

One of four authors (along with Mitch Albom) to win a Wilbur Award, which recognizes “the work of individuals as they communicate about religion issues, values and themes with professionalism, fairness and honesty.” The honor was for the book Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan.

2014 Booklist Top Ten Biographies for Youth

Honored for Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan


2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award

Earned a Silver Medal for Multicultural Nonfiction for Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan.

2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award

Earned a Bronze Medal for Nonfiction for Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington.

Books Authored by David Aretha


Morgan Reynolds Publishing

Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan (2014)

Sabotage, Sedition and Sundry Acts of Rebellion (2014)

The Middle Passage (2013)

Mitt Romney (2012)

Brown v. Board of Education (2012)

Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington (2012)

Malcolm X (2012)

With All Deliberate Speed (2011)

The Black Power Movement (2011)

No Compromise: The Story of Harvey Milk (2009)

Sit-ins and Freedom Rides (2009)

Montgomery Bus Boycott (2008)

Nazi Genocide (pending)

Selma Voting Rights Movement (2007)

The Murder of Emmett Till (2007)

The Scottsboro Boys (2007)

Freedom Summer (2007)



Eminem (2012)

Amy Winehouse (2012)


Chelsea House

Miguel Cabrera (2023)

Patrick Mahomes (2021)

Drew Brees (2020)

Russell Wilson (2020)

Kevin Durant (2018)

Stephen Curry (2018)

Shaquille O'Neal (2017)

Donald Trump (2016)

LeBron James (2016)

Alex Rodriguez (2013)

Magic Johnson (2010)

Jefferson Davis (2009)

Tiki Barber (2008)


Scholastic (Franklin Watts)

On the Rocks (teen alcoholism) (2006)


Bearport Publishing

Joe Flacco (2015)

Colin Kaepernick (2015)


12 Story Library

12 Reasons to Love the Detroit Tigers (2016)


Amicus Publishing

Superstars of the Chicago Bulls (2015)


Enslow Publishers

LeBron vs. Durant vs. Curry vs. Jordan (2019)

Trout vs. Harper vs. Betts vs. Ruth (2019)

When Dogs Smile (2017)

Jose Altuve (2017)

Aaron Rodgers (2017)

Ichiro Suzuki (2016)

Top 10 Hitters in Baseball (2016)

Top 10 Pitchers in Baseball (2016)

Top 10 Moments in Baseball (2016)

Top 10 Teams in Baseball (2016)

Top 10 Quarterbacks in Football (2016)

Top 10 Games in Football (2016)

Top 10 Craziest Plays in Football (2016)

Top 10 Teams in Football (2016)

Top 10 Shooters and Scorers in Basketball (2016)

Top 10 Towers of Power in Basketball (2016)

Top 10 Dunkers in Basketball (2016)

Top 10 Moments in Basketball (2016)

A HALL Lot of Trouble at Cooperstown: Baseball Geeks Adventures (2014)

Foul Ball Frame-Up at Wrigley Field: Baseball Geeks Adventures (2014)

The Treasure Hunt Stunt at Fenway Park: Baseball Geeks Adventures (2014)

Bossing the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium: Baseball Geeks Adventures (2014)

The Story of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement in Photographs (2014)

The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Photographs (2014)

The Story of the Selma Voting Rights Marches in Photographs (2014)

The Story of the Freedom Rides in Photographs (2014)

The Story of the Little Rock Nine in Photographs (2014)

The Story of the March on Washington in Photographs (2014)

Rounding Third, Heading Home! (fiction, 2012)

African American Rock and Soul Performers (2012)

25 Baseball Tips & Tricks (2011)

La Salle (2008)

Magellan (2008)

Yellowstone National Park (2008)

Glacier National Park (2008)

Denali National Park (2008)

New York Yankees (2007)

Los Angeles Dodgers (2007)

Dallas Cowboys (2007)

Cleveland Cavaliers (2007)

Pittsburgh Steelers (2007)

Israel: In the News (2006)

Lebanon: In the News (2006)

California Gold Rush (2006)

Methamphetamine and Amphetamine (2005)

Cocaine and Crack (2005)

Ecstasy and Other Party Drugs (2005)

Steroids and Other Performance-Enhancing Drugs (2005)

Inhalants (2005)

Discovering Asia’s Land, People, and Wildlife (2004)

Michigan (2003)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Team (2001)

Detroit Pistons Basketball Team (2001)

Michigan Wolverines Football Team (1999)

Seattle SuperSonics Basketball Team (1999)

Montreal Canadiens Hockey Team (1998)


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Books Cowritten by David Aretha


Skyhorse Publishing

Arnie: A Tribute to an American Icon (2017)

Big Papi: Thanks for the Memories (2016)

MVP Books

The Steelers Experience (2014)

The Giants Experience (2014)

The Phillies Experience (2012)

Yankee Classics (also wrote the script for the book’s DVD documentary, which was narrated by Reggie Jackson) (2010)


Triumph Books

Cowboys Chronicle (2010)


Running Press

JFK Day by Day (this book was converted into the video-enhanced book JFK: 50 Days, which was narrated by Meet the Press host David Gregory and was featured prominently on Today with Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira) (2010)


St. Martin’s Press

Power of the Dog (2009)



Yankee Stadium: A Tribute (also wrote the script for the book’s DVD documentary, which was narrated by Reggie Jackson) (2008)


Lyons Press

Ali in Action (wrote the script for the book’s DVD documentary, which was narrated by Bert Sugar) (2008)


Random House

Reel Baseball (wrote the script for the book’s DVD documentary, which was narrated by Joe Garagiola) (2006)

The Sporting News

Grudges, Guts and Glory (wrote half of the script for the book’s DVD documentary) (2006)


Warner Books

Darkhorses and Underdogs (wrote half of the script for the book’s DVD documentary, which was narrated by Jim Lampley) (2005)


Total/Sports Illustrated

Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia (2000)

Publications International

The Love of Baseball (2005)

Michael Jordan: MVP and NBA Champ (1991)

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Book Reviews


With All Deliberate Speed:

Court-Ordered Busing and American Schools

“Clearly written and extremely informative, this book is a well-balanced, succinct, and lucid treatment of the subject. It offers a thoughtful and realistic look at a difficult topic in American history.”

—Susan Ogintz, Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee


Montgomery Bus Boycott

“The wrenching consequences of Rosa Parks’s decision that sparked the Civil Rights Movement are depicted in this well-written book. Descriptions of civil rights activism dating back to 1865, including multiple attempts to desegregate streetcars, trains, and buses, provide historical context and a sense of the fervor surrounding discrimination and segregation. The facts of the boycott are documented with supportive news articles, relevant quotations, moving individual stories, and significant court cases. Extra details distinguish this book from similar titles.”

—Margaret Auguste, book reviewer



“This book is written in a very adventurous manner. It is packed with detail and organized in a way to keep readers involved.”

—Denver Public Schools


Yellowstone National Park

“The information is detailed and is a great guide to visiting the park or doing research about it. I highly recommend it for students needing historical perspectives as well as information on preservation efforts.”

—Denton Independent School District


Power of the Dog

“A must read for every dog lover. I rarely find a book on dogs that provides so many new insights or brings their magical power to the surface. Power of the Dog exceeded my expectations for knowledge and entertainment.”

—Jack L. Stephens DVM, author and founder/president of Pets Best Insurance


Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan

“While her name is now known worldwide, Malala was once just a Pakistani girl who wanted to go to school. This well-crafted book begins dramatically, with the October 2012 shooting of teenage Malala Yousafzai, whose passion for education had angered the Taliban. Though she almost died, Malala lived to continue her crusade. The narrative then goes back in time to introduce this teacher’s daughter, who, unlike most Pakistani girls, was lucky enough to be born into a family that valued girls’ education. Along with telling Malala’s story, this does a very good job of explaining the recent history of the region. Generous inserts include profiles of Benazir Bhutto and the Taliban. Another real plus is the text’s evenhandedness. Malala’s critics also get a voice—one explains that the teen doesn’t see that the real problem in Pakistan is poverty. How can families let young people go to school when they need their children’s meager incomes to survive?”

—Ilene Cooper, Booklist






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