“Biographies” in kids-books


Snowflake Bentley

by: Jacqueline Briggs Martin

A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.

George Washington Carver

by: Tonya Bolden

A biography of the slave-born black scientist whose affectionate nicknames included the Wizard of the Goober and the Yam. Bolden provides the requisite biographical details, including Carver's early, tragic separation from his mother, but also traces themes of his career, drawing connections between his kind masters' waste-not values and his future devotion to finding new uses for farm by-products.

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau

by: Jennifer Berne

Before Jacques Cousteau became an internationally known oceanographer and champion of the seas, he was a curious little boy. In this biography, poetic text and paintings combine to create a portrait of Jacques Cousteau.

Me, Frida: Frida Kahlo in San Francisco

by: Amy Novesky

Artist Frida Kahlo finds her own voice and style when her famous husband, Diego Rivera, is commissioned to paint a mural in San Francisco, California, in the 1930s and she finds herself exploring the city on her own.

The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps

by: Jeanette Winter

Author note: “I wish that when I was a little girl, I could have read about someone like Jane Goodall – a brave woman who wasn’t afraid to do something that had never been done before. So now I’ve made this book for that little girl, who still speaks to me.”

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

by: Carole Boston Weatherford

Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one.

The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn

by: Robert Burleigh

The neat switcheroo in this picture-book biography has the story of Mark Twain's life told by one of his most endearing characters, Huck Finn. As one might expect, Huck isn't the most articulate of narrators ( I ain't no highfalutin' talker ), and he would probably rather be doing just about anything else: This ain't intendin' to be some windy biografy. I don't lean much to writin', and I don't fetch to books much neither, 'specially long ones. Although Huck's narration is almost overwhelmingly

Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota Story

by: S. D. Nelson

A simple biography of Lakota-Oglala medicine man Black Elk, from his childhood vision which shaped his life through his battles with the whites and his travels with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.

Lincoln: A Photobiography

by: Russell Freedman

Gr. 4-10. This realistic, perceptive, and unromanticized biography of Lincoln includes a sampler of quotations from his writings and speeches.

Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini

by: Sid Fleischman

Gr. 6-9. A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists whose amazing feats are remembered long after his death in 1926. Profiling his early years, personal life, and great accomplishments in show business, the story of the famous magician, Harry Houdini, comes to life through a review of his greatest tricks and most amazing feats, complete with index, photos, and author's notes.