Picture Book Biographies

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The best stories about those who have gone before us.

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

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