Best Children’s Literary Biographies Books
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1. Brown Girl Dreaming
Author: by Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson’s National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner is a powerful memoir that tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. A President Obama “O” Book Club pickRaised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place.
In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.
Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.
Includes 7 additional poems, including “Brown Girl Dreaming.” Praise for Jacqueline Woodson:”Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story … But a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery.
2. Think Big, Little One (Vashti Harrison)
Author: by Vashti Harrison
This board book edition of Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by New York Times bestselling author Vashti Harrison is a beautiful first book to teach your little dreamers to follow all their biggest ideas. Featuring eighteen women creators, ranging from writers to inventors, artists to scientists, this board book adaptation of Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World introduces trailblazing women like Mary Blair, an American modernist painter who had a major influence on how color was used in early animated films, environmental activist Wangari Maathai, and architect Zaha Hadid.
The irresistible full-color illustrations show the Dreamers as both accessible and aspirational so reader knows they, too, can grow up to do something amazing.
3. Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History
Author: by Vashti Harrison
Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller. An important book for readers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history.
Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and artists, politicians and pop stars, athletes and activists. The exceptional men featured include writer James Baldwin, artist Aaron Douglas, filmmaker Oscar Devereaux Micheaux, lawman Bass Reeves, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, and musician Prince.
The legends in Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History span centuries and continents, but each one has blazed a trail for generations to come.
4. Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World (Vashti Harrison)
Author: by Vashti Harrison
The instant New York Times bestseller! From the author of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History comes the highly anticipated follow-up, a beautifully illustrated collectible detailing the lives of women creators around the world. Featuring the true stories of 35 women creators, ranging from writers to inventors, artists to scientists, Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World inspires as it educates.
Readers will meet trailblazing women like Mary Blair, an American modernist painter who had a major influence on how color was used in early animated films, actor/inventor Hedy Lamarr, environmental activist Wangari Maathai, architect Zaha Hadid, filmmaker Maya Deren, and physicist Chien-Shiung Wu.
Some names are known, some are not, but all of the women had a lasting effect on the fields they worked in. The charming, information-filled full-color spreads show the Dreamers as both accessible and aspirational so readers know they, too, can grow up to do something amazing.
5. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
Author: by Lindsay Mattick
A Brain Pickings Best Children's Book of the Year “An embarrassment of riches.” The New York Times In these pages, some of today’s most wonderful culture-makerswriters, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophersreflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character.
On the page facing each letter, an illustration by a celebrated illustrator or graphic artist presents that artist’s visual response. Among the diverse contributions are letters from Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Jerome Bruner, Shonda Rhimes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as a ninety-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor, a pioneering oceanographer, and Italy’s first woman in space.
Some of the illustrators, cartoonists, and graphic designers involved are Marianne Dubuc, Sean Qualls, Oliver Jeffers, Maira Kalman, Mo Willems, Isabelle Arsenault, Chris Ware, Liniers, Shaun Tan, Tomi Ungerer, and Art Spiegelman. This project is woven entirely of goodwill, generosity of spirit, and a shared love of books.
7. Boy: Tales of Childhood
Author: by Roald Dahl
Find out where the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG got all his wonderful story ideas in this autobiographical account of his childhood! From his own life, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl’s tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny.
Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury’s? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don’t yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl.
Sure to captivate and delight you, the boyhood antics of this master storyteller are not to be missed!
8. Just Pretend
Author: by Tori Sharp
Fans of Real Friends and Be Prepared will love this energetic, affecting graphic memoir, in which a young girl uses her active imagination to navigate middle school as well as the fallout from her parents’ divorce. Tori has never lived in just one world.
Since her parents’ divorce, she’s lived in both her mom’s house and her dad’s new apartment. And in both places, no matter how hard she tries, her family still treats her like a little kid. Then there’s school, where friendships old and new are starting to feel more and more out of her hands.
Thankfully, she has books-and writing. And now the stories she makes up in her head just might save her when everything else around herfriendships, school, familyis falling apart. Author Tori Sharp takes us with her on a journey through the many commonplace but complex issues of fractured families, as well as the beautiful fantasy narrative that helps her cope, gorgeously illustrated and full of magic, fairies, witches and lost and found friendships.
9. Dear Librarian
Author: by Lydia M. Sigwarth
When Lydia was five years old, she and her family had to leave their home. They hopped from Grandma’s house to Aunt Linda’s house to Cousin Alice’s house, but no place was permanent. Then one day, everything changed. Lydia’s mom took her to a new place not a house, but a big building with stone columns, and tall, tall steps.The library.
In the library, Lydia found her special spot across from the sunny window, at a round desk. For behind that desk was her new friend, the librarian. Together, Lydia and the librarian discovered a world beyond their walls, one that sparkled with spectacular joy.
Paired with warm art by newcomer Romina Galotta and a foreword by Ira Glass, Dear Librarian is a “thank you” to anyone who has offered a child love and support during a difficult time.
10. Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary (Growing to Greatness)
Author: by Vicki Conrad
“A celebration of Cleary, literacy, and the pursuit of ambitious dreams”-School Library JournalThe only picture book biography of beloved Children's author Beverly Cleary, creator of Ramona, Beezus, Henry, Ribsy, Ralph S.Mouse, and more! This charming book tells Beverly’s own story of learning how to read and never giving up on her dreams to write stories for kids just like her.
A Junior Library Guild Selection, Just Like Beverly follows the life of Beverly Cleary from her early years in Oregon to her career as a beloved Children's book author. As a young girl, Beverly Cleary struggled to learn to read and found most Children's books dull and uninteresting.
She often wondered if there were any books about kids just like her. With hard work, and the encouragement of her parents and a special teacher, she learned to read and at a young age discovered she had a knack for writing.
Beverly Cleary’s story comes to life in this beautiful picture book as she grows to follow her dreams of writing the books she longed for as a child, becoming an award-winning writer and one of the most famous Children's authors of all time.
11. Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost
Author: by Robert Frost
A 2018 Notable Poetry Book for Children (National Council of Teachers of English)Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost is a collection specially curated for young readers which won’t just be read, but consumed, experienced, and treasured for a lifetime. Whether capturing a cold New England winter’s evening, or the beauty of an old, abandoned house, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost left an indelible mark on our consciousness.
This stunning celebration of his best-loved work includes 35 poems specially chosen for children ages 8 to 14 by author and historian Jay Parini. Illustrator Michael Paraskevas brings the poems to life with his pitch-perfect scenes, infused with majestic color and quiet simplicity.
Poems include Mending Wall, Birches, The Road Not Taken, Fire and Ice, and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, This collection is the perfect introduction for young readers. In addition to a carefully chosen line-up of poems, Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost also includes commentary and definitions of key words for each poem, and an introduction to Frost’s life.
12. Who is J.K. Rowling?
Author: by Pam Pollack
Everyone loves Harry Potter. Now kids can learn about Harry’s creator! In 1995, on a four-hour-delayed train from Manchester to London, J.K. Rowling conceived of the idea of a boy wizard named Harry Potter. Upon arriving in London, she began immediately writing the first book in the saga.
Rowling’s true-life, rags-to-riches story is as compelling as the world of Hogwarts that she created. This biography details not only Rowling’s life and her love of literature but the story behind the creation of a modern classic.
13. Be Bold! Be Brave!: 11 Latinas who made U.S. History (English and Spanish Edition)
Author: by Naibe Reynoso
Be Bold!Be Brave!11 American Latinas who made U.S.History, S Audaz!S Valiente!: 11 Latinas que hicieron historia en los Estados Unidos is a bilingual book that highlights 11 Latinas who excelled in their professions and made U.S. History by accomplishing something that hadn’t been done before in various fields including medicine, science, sports, art and politics.
By presenting the true biographical stories of these outstanding Latinas in rhyming verses, young readers will easily follow their journey to success. Some of the women highlighted include Antonia Novello (first female Surgeon General in the U.S., Ellen Ochoa (first Latina to go to space), Sonia Sotomayor (first Latina Supreme Court Justice,) Rita Moreno (first Latina to win an Oscar), and Pura Belpre (first Latina to incorporate and promote bilingual literacy in Public Libraries).
14. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Author: by Kwame Alexander
The 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree’s New York Times best-selling ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder. Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Awardwinning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder.
Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.
15. The Story of Stan Lee: A Biography Book for New Readers
Author: by Frank J. Berrios
Discover the life of Stan Leea story about creating your own adventures for kids ages 6 to 9 Stan Lee was a famous comic book writer, artist, editor, and publisher for Marvel Comics. Before he helped create heroes like the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Black Panther, Stan was an imaginative boy who spent hours reading all sorts of different stories and letting his thoughts run wild.
These stories inspired him to come up with exciting plots and new characters of his own. Explore how Stan went from being a young boy growing up in New York City to a comic book legend. The Story of Stan Lee includes: Core curriculumDiscover the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Stan’s life, and take a quick quiz to test your knowledge.
Short chaptersLearn all about Stan Lee with quick chapters that make it fun for new readers like you to keep reading. A visual timelineWatch Stan progress from kid to comic book icon with a visual timeline marking the major milestones of his life.
16. Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
Author: by Anika Aldamuy Denise
RECIPIENT OF THE PURA BELPR HONOR * A Today Show’s Best Kids’ Books of 2019 * Indie Next List Pick * Junior Library Guild Selection * An appealing tribute and successful remedy to the lack of titles about the groundbreaking librarian… A must-have for all libraries.
School Library Journal (starred review)An inspiring picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature. When she came to America in 1921, Pura Belpr carried the cuentos folklricos of her Puerto Rican homeland.
Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular retellings into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush landscape as generations of children and storytellers continue to share her tales and celebrate Pura’s legacy.
Brought to colorful life by Paola Escobar’s elegant and exuberant illustrations and Anika Aldamuy Denise’s lyrical text, this gorgeous book is perfect for the pioneers in your life. Informative backmatter and suggested further reading included. A Spanish-language edition, Sembrando historias: Pura Belpr: bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos, is also available.