Sunday, May 2, 2010


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

Austen, Jane (British author)
Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen (Hopkinson/Leng) 2018

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.)

Ceesey, Isatou (Contemporary Gambia, AFRICA)
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia  (Paul/Zunon) 2015 (32 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
Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat  (Sierra/Hawkes) 2017

Gillespie, Dizzy
Dizzy (Winter/Quals) 2006

Ginsberg, Ruth Bader (Supreme Court Justice)
Ruth Bader Ginsberg: The Case of R. B. G. vs. Inequality (Winter/Innerts) 2017

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

Hadid, Zaha (Female Architect)
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid (Winter) 2017

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

Kelly, Astronaut Scott
My Journey to the Stars, (Kelly/Ceolin) 2017

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 Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees (Prevot/Fronty) 2015
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)\

Newton, Isaac (scientist) 1642 - 1727 England
Newton's Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist (Lasky/Hawkes) 2017

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
Noah Webster's Fighting Words (Maurer/Catusanu) 2017

White, E. B. (author)
A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White, 2017

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

Yousafzai, Malala (Iraqi Activist)
Malala's Magic Pencil (Yousafzai/Kerascoet) 2017

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


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
She Persisted (Clinton) 2017 Thirteen women who....persisted and fulfilled their dream/s

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