Picture Book Biographies

The best stories about those who have gone before us.

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The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12)
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards))
A Poem for Peter
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
Snowflake Bentley
Trombone Shorty
Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau
Papa Is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness
Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition
Dear Mr. Washington
Abraham Lincoln, 75th Anniversary Edition
Buffalo Bill
Leif the Lucky
Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci
Florence Nightingale
Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud
Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards))
Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider–The Story of E. B. White
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition
Stand Straight, Ella Kate
The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
Caroline’s Comets: A True Story
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Rappaport, Doreen (2013) Hardcover
Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton
Ben Franklin’s Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention
Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth
Blue Grass Boy: The Story of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music
The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art
Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library
Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere
The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Abe Lincoln : The Boy Who Loved Books
Sixteen Years In Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story
The Darkest Dark
Martin’s Big Words (Big Words): The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art
So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom
From a Small Seed – The Story of Eliza Hamilton
A Race Around the World: The True Story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland (She Made History)
Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary (Growing to Greatness)
Girl Running
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln
The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come
Fearless Mary: Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver
The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
Ride On, Will Cody!: A Legend of the Pony Express
It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way
Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story
John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
In Mary’s Garden