Sunday, May 2, 2010

BIOGRAPHIES

There have been some wonderful picture book biographies written in the past few years. What a great way to introduce real people who have made an impact on our history/herstory to kids...there's nothing like a read aloud with great illustrations, right?

Aaron, Henry (baseball)
Henry Aaron's Dream (Tavares) 2010

Baker, Alia Muhammad (librarian in Iraq)
Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq (Stamaty) 2004 graphic novel

Ball, Lucille (televesion actress & comedian)
I am Lucille Ball (Meltzer) 2015

Barton, Clara (founder of the American Red Cross)
Clara and Davie (Polacco) 2014

Brown, John (of Harper's Ferry fame)
John Brown: His Fight for Freedom (Hendrix) 2009

Brunelleschi, Filippo (1400's Florence, Italy architect)
Pippo the Fool (Fern/Estrada) 2009 (48 pgs.)

Clinton Family
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dreams Taking Flight (Krull/Bates) 2008

Darwin, Charles (scientist: evolution)
One Beetle Too Many, The Extraordinary Adventure of Charles Darwin (Lasky/Trueman) 2009
What Darwin Saw: The Journey That Changed the World (Schanzer) 2009 (48 pgs.)

Degas, Edgar (Artist)
What Degas Saw (Friedman/Pieropan) 2016 - more about his artistic process than his life

Dickinson, Emily (poet)
My Uncle Emily (Yolen/Carpenter) 2009

Einstein, Albert (scientist)
Who Was Albert Einstein? (Brallier/Parker) 2002 (106 pgs.)

Emerson, Ralph Waldo (philosophical writer)
A Home for Mr. Emerson (Kerley/Fotheringham) 2014 48 pgs.

Erdos, Paul (mathematician)
The Boy Who Loved Mathematics (Heiligman/Pham) 2013 (40 pgs.)

Fawcett, Colonel Percy (mapmaker, explorer, adventurer)
The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon (Pizzoli) 2017, 40 pgs.

Gaudi, Antoni (famous Barcelona, Spain architect)
Building on Nature (Rodriguez/Paschkis) 2009

Geisel, Ted (Dr. Seuss) (writer/illustrator)
The Boy on Fairfield Street (Krull/Johnson & Fanchu) 2004

Gillespie, Dizzy
Dizzy (Winter/Quals) 2006

Greenwood, Chester (earmuffs/Maine)
Earmuffs for Everyone (McCarthy) 2015

Hemings, James Madison (son of Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings)
My Name is James Madison Hemings (Winter/Widener) 2016

Kahlo, Frida (artist)
Frida Kahlo (Klein) 2007
Frida Kahlo: Artists in Their Time Series, 2003 (48 pgs)
Frida Kahlo: Painting Her Life (Guzman & Guzman) 2006
Frida: Viva la Vida! Long Live Life! (Bernier-Grand) 2007

Kandinsky, Vasily (artist)
The Noisy Paintbox (Rosenstock/Grandpre) 2014

Kennedy Family
The Brothers Kennedy (Krull/Bates) 2010

Lange, Dorothea
Dorothea's Eyes (Rosenstock/DuBois) 2016

Lazarus, Emma
Emma's Poem, The Voice of the Statue of Liberty (Glaser/Nivola) 2010

Leavitt, Henrietta
Lookup! Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Pioneer (Burleigh/Colon) 2013

Lewis, Edna (Af-Am chef)
Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie (Gourley) 200

Lincoln, Abraham
Abraham Lincoln Comes Home (Burleigh/Minor) 2008
Lincoln Tells a Joke (Krull & Brewer/Innerst) 2010

Linnaeus, Carolus (Science)
Karl, Get Out of the Garden: Carol Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything

Maathai, Wangari (Kenyan environmentalist)
Planting the Trees of Kenya (Nivola) 2008
Wangari's Trees of Peace (Winter) 2008

Mandela, Nelson (South African Peace Activist and President)
Nelson Mandela (Nelson) 2013

Martin, Chryssee Perry (Kenyan animal activist/animal orphanage)
On a Road in Africa, 2008

Matisse, Henri (artist)
Colorful Dreamer, The Story of Henri Matisse (Parker/Berry) 2012

McNair, Ron (astronaut)
Ron's Big Mission (Naden/Tate) 2009 Fictionalized, based on truth

Moore, Anne Carroll (First Children's Librarian)
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children (Pinborough/Atwell)

Newport, Christopher (Captained the three ships that went to Jamestown)
Christopher Newport, Jamestown Explorer (Solomon/Bridy)

Obama family
First Family (Hopkinson) 2010

O'Keeffe, Georgia (artist)
Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O'Keeffe (Lasky/Eitan)

Paige, Satchel (baseball)
Satchel Paige, Striking Out Jim Crow (Sturm/Tommaso) 2007 graphic novel (96 pgs.)

Parks, Rosa (Civil Rights Movement)
I am Rosa Parks (Meltzer/Eleopoulis) 2014

Playfair, William (math)
Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs (Becker/Tremblay) 2017

Robinson, Jackie (baseball)
Testing the Ice, A True Story about Jackie Robinson (Robinson/Nelson) 2009 (A memoir by his daughter)

Roget, Peter
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus (Bryant/Sweet) 2014

Roosevelt, Alice
What to Do About Alice? (Kerley/Fotheringham) 2008

Rousseau, Henri (artist)
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (Dobbins/Sims) 2012

Seeger, Pete (folk singer and activist)
Stand Up and Sing: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice  (Reich/Gustavson) 2017

Siegel, Jerry & Joe Shuster
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (Nobleman/MacDonald) 2008

Sotomayor, Sonia (Supreme Court Judge)
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx (Winter/Rodriguez) 2009

Steiner, Gertrude (women's lib)
Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude (Winter/Brown) 2009

Switzer, Bob & Joe (inventors of Day-Glo paint)
The Day-Glo Brothers, The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors (Barton/Persiani) 2009

Tutu, Archbishop Desmond (South Africa)
Desmond and the Very Mean Word (Tutu/Ford) 2013

Wagner, Honus (Baseball - Turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh Pirates)
All Star! Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever (Yolen/Burke) 2010

Warhol, Andy (artist)
Uncle Andy's Cats (Warhola) 2009 (a memoir by his nephew)

Warren, Mercy Otis (writer, political, early women's rights)
Write On, Mercy! (Woelfle/Wallner) 2012

Webster, Noah (creator of the dictionary/writer)
Noah Webster & His Words (Ferris/Kirsch) 2012

Wiesenthal, Simon
The Anne Frank Case: Simon Wiesenthal's Search for the Truth (Rubin/Farnsworth) 2009 (40 pgs.)

Williams, William Carlos (American poet)
A River of Words: the Story of William Carlos Williams (Bryant/Sweet) 2008

Memoir or Written as a Memoir

Crow Call (Lowry/Ibatoulline) 2009
Hallelujah Flight, The (Bildner/Holyfield) 2010 (about James Banning, aviator)
How I Learned Geography (Shulevitz) 2008
Ma Dear's Old Green House (Patrick/Sadler) 2004
Rocks in His Head (Hurst/Stevenson) 2001
Willie and May, A Christmas Story (Schachner) 1995
The Yankee at the Seder (Weber/Gustavson) 2009

Anthologies

Amelia to Zora, Twenty-six Women Who Changed the World (Chin-Lee/Haley & Addy) 2005
Americans Who Tell the Truth (Shetterly) 2005 - 50 Americans who made/make a difference
Pass It Down (Marcus) 2007 Five picture book families: Crews & Jonas, Hurd, Myers, Pinkney, and Rockwell

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