Aronson has worked as an editor and publisher as well as author. Listed here are his own books, however he greatly enjoys the collaborative process of book-making. Watch this space for a wide range of projects from apps, ibooks, and ebooks to anthologies.
The award-winning books Aronson has written include Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado (Clarion, 2000), the first book to win the Robert F. Sibert award from the American Library Association for the best in nonfiction; Sugar Changed the World: a Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science (Clarion, (written with Marina Budhos) (Clarion, 2010), a finalist for the LA Times Book award and the YALSA best nonfiction award. Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials (Atheneum, 2003), a School Library Journal best book; Art Attack: A Short Cultural History of the Avant-Garde (Clarion, 1998), a New York Times Notable Book. His book The Real Revolution, The Global Story of American Independence (Clarion 2005) an account of the run-up to the American Revolution viewed in a global perspective in which Robert Clive plays as large a role as George Washington, and events in London and India are as important as those in Boston and Virginia. His book Race: A History Beyond Black and White (Atheneum, 2007) was featured on TV and on radio and hen read by high school, college, and adult readers, and used in diversity-training courses.
Writing for elementary and middle school readers, Aronson has collaborated with award-winning experts including a historian, an archaeologist, a paleoanthropologist, and a classicist to share the stories of their discoveries. Each of these books aims to model the process of research and investigation, as well as to describe new, path-breaking, insights.
For Boys Only (Feiwel & Friends, 2007), co-written with HP Newquist, is regularly an Amazon best-seller in holiday season.
His two books of essays for adults about teenage readers: Exploding the Myths: The Truth About Teenagers and Reading (Scarecrow, 2001), and Beyond the Pale; New Essays for a New Era (Scarecrow, 2003) have been praised as "required reading for anyone who cares about young adults and their literature" (School Library Journal) and are frequently used in Masters level library classes. Aronson's book, John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell and the Land of Promise (Clarion, 2004) is the first book for young readers to show how the religious passions of the early Puritans can help us to understand the viewpoint of modern Islamic fundamentalists.