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

Addams, Jane (peace activist)
Dangerous Jane (Slade/Ratterree) 2017

Alcott, Louisa May (Author)
Louisa May & Mr. Thoreau's Flute (Dunlap & Lorbiecki) 2002

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

Basquiat, Jean-Michel (American street artist)
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, (Steptoe) 2016

Belpre, Pura ((Librarian and Storyteller, immigrant from Puerto Rico in 1921)
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre (Denise/Escobar) 2019

Binney, Edwin (Inventor of Crayola Crayons)
The Crayon Man (Biebow/Salerno) 2019

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.)

The Buddha/Sidhartha
Under the Bodhi Tree:  The Story of the Buddha (Hopkinson/Whitman) 2018 (32 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 (US president)
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.

Frost, Robert (American poet)
Papa Is a Poet (Bober/Gibbon) 2013

Gaudi, Antoni (famous Barcelona, Spain architect)
A Stroll with Mr. Gaudi (Estrada) 2013
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

Giacometti, Alberto & Diego (20th century sculptors)
Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti (Greenberg & Jordan/Hooper) 2019

Gillespie, Dizzy (musician)
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

Haring, Keith (20th Century American Artist)
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing (Haring/Neubecker) 2017

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

Jefferson, Thomas (3rd President and avid reader)
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library (Rosenstock/O'Brien)

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

Kennedy Family (US president)
The Brothers Kennedy (Krull/Bates) 2010

Kusama, Yayoi (Contemporary Japanese Artist:  Queen of dots and installations)
Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity (Suzuki/Weinstein) 2017

Lange, Dorothea (photographer)
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 (US president)
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
She Persisted: Around the World (Clinton) 2018 - There's a two-page spread about Wangari included

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
The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse, The (MacLachlan/Hooper) 2014

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

Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarroti) Renaissance Sculptor, Painter, Artist
Michelangelo (Stanley) 2000, lots of text, very informative and interesting

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

Neruda, Pablo (Chilean poet famous for his odes)
Ode to an Onion: Pablo Neruda and his Muse (Giardino/Sala)

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 (US president)
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

Payeng, Jadav (Reforestation in India)
The Forest Man: The True Story of Jadav Payeng (Matheson/Widdowson) 2020

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 (Thesaurus)
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 (authors)
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
Sonia Sotomayor: Turning Pages: My Life Story (Sotomayor/Delacre) 2018
She Persisted (Clinton) There's a two-page spread on her in this anthology

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

Switzer, Kathrine (first woman to run the Boston Marathon)
Her Fearless Run (Chaffee/Rooney) 2019

Thoreau, Henry David (philosopher)
Louisa May & Mr. Thoreau's Flute (Dunlap & Lorbiecki) 2002

Truth, Sojourner (activist)
So Tall Within (Schmidt/Minter)

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

Woodson, Carter G. (Black Historian, created Black History Month)
Carter Reads the Newspaper (Hopkinson/Tate) 2019

Yeboah, Emmanuel Ofosu (Human Rights Activist (Physical Disabilities) from Ghana)
Emmanuel's Dream (Thompson/Qualls) 2015

Yousafzai, Malala (Iraqi Activist)
Malala's Magic Pencil (Yousafzai/Kerascoet) 2017
She Persisted: Around the World (Clinton) 2018 There's a two-page spread about her in this anthology

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
She Persisted: Around the World (Clinton) 2018 - 13 women from all over the world that persisted...

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