Children's Biography

Diverse biographies for children of all ages. We especially like biographies of unsung heros and figures in women's history.

Freedom Song: The Story of Henry
By Sally M. Walker, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060583101
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - January 3rd, 2012

Henry "Box" Brown's ingenious escape from slavery is celebrated for its daring and originality. Throughout his life, Henry was fortified by music, family, and a dream of freedom. When he seemed to lose everything, he forged these elements into the song that sustained him through the careful planning and execution of his perilous journey to the North.

Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change Cover Image
By Michelle Cook, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781599904184
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 14th, 2009

Rosa sat so
Martin could march.
Martin marched so
Barack could run.
Barack ran so
Our children can soar.

We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590784983
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Published: Calkins Creek Books - October 1st, 2007

Bayard Rustin dedicated his life to helping others--fighting injustices and discriminations--so that people could live as one. Protesting segregation long before there was a civil rights movement, he often was arrested for his beliefs and actions. As a nonviolent activist, Bayard made his mark working alongside many African American leaders, notably A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9780792241737
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Published: National Geographic Society - December 27th, 2005

Freedom Riders compares and contrasts the childhoods of John Lewis and James Zwerg in a way that helps young readers understand the segregated experience of our nation's past. It shows how a common interest in justice created the convergent path that enabled these young men to meet as Freedom Riders on a bus journey south.

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai (Frances Foster Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374399184
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 1st, 2008

Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement, grew up in the highlands of Kenya, where fig trees cloaked the hills, fish filled the streams, and the people tended their bountiful gardens. But over many years, as more and more land was cleared, Kenya was transformed.

When Bob Met Woody: The Story of the Young Bob Dylan Cover Image
By Gary Golio, Marc Burckhardt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316112994
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2011

An enchanting, true story of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Bob Dylan, and his mentor, Woody Guthrie.
"Hey hey, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song..."
When Bob finished, Woody's face lit up like the sun.

Rosa Cover Image
By Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780312376024
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Published: Square Fish - December 26th, 2007

Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.

Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix Cover Image
By Gary Golio, Javaka Steptoe (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618852796
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Published: Clarion Books - October 4th, 2010

Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an innovator. But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and paint and listen to records. A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound?

Freedom's a-Callin Me Cover Image
By Ntozake Shange, Rod Brown (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061337413
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Published: Collins Publishers - January 3rd, 2012

Award-winning poet Ntozake Shange and artist Rod Brown reimagine the journeys of the brave men and women who made their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Fleeing on the Underground Railroad meant walking long distances; swimming across streams; hiding in abandoned shanties, swamps, and ditches, always on the run from slave trackers and their dogs.

My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761458104
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Published: Two Lions - September 1st, 2011

As a young boy growing up in North Carolina, Romare Bearden listened to his great-grandmother's Cherokee stories and heard the whistle of the train that took his people to the North--people who wanted to be free. When Romare boarded that same train, he watched out the window as the world whizzed by. Later he captured those scenes in a famous painting, Watching the Good Trains Go By.

Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend: A Civil Rights Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763640583
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 13th, 2011

A true story inspires the moving tale of a mule that played a key role in the civil rights movement-- and a young boy who sees history anew.

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters Cover Image
By Barack Obama, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375835278
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 16th, 2010

Former president Barack Obama delivers a tender, beautiful letter to his daughters in this picture book illustrated by the award-winning Loren Long (Otis) that's made to be treasured

Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152065454
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 1st, 2008

As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something--and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans. . . .

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780786851751
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Published: Jump at the Sun - September 1st, 2006

This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman's strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses.

Visiting Langston Cover Image
By Willie Perdomo, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805078817
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Published: Square Fish - September 1st, 2005

A wonderful picture book introduction to a legendary American writer

It's a special day when a little girl and her father go to visit the house where the great poet Langston Hughes lived--especially when the little girl is a poet herself

John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9781600608490
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 2006

The son of an Alabama sharecropper, John Lewis experienced the injustice of segregation early in life. Inspired to action by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis joined with civil rights leaders who believed in fighting segregation peacefully. From Nashville, Tennessee, to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, Lewis was in the forefront of the major civil rights protests of the 1960s.

Which Side Are You On?: The Story of a Song Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933693965
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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - October 4th, 2011

Which Side Are You On? tells the story of the classic union song that was written in 1931 by Florence Reece in a rain of bullets. It has been sung by people fighting for their rights all over the world. Florence's husband Sam was a coal miner in Kentucky. Many of the coal mines were owned by big companies, who kept wages low and spent as little money on safety as possible.

Joan of Arc Cover Image
By Demi
ISBN: 9780761459538
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Published: Two Lions - September 1st, 2011

As a young girl in a small village in France, Joan prayed daily that France would be delivered from the English and Burgundian invaders who were ravishing the country. When Joan was thirteen, she had a life-changing experience.

My Name Is Georgia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152045975
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Published: Voyager Paperbacks - March 1st, 2003

From the time she was just a young girl, Georgia O'Keeffe viewed the world in her own way. While other girls played with toys and braided their hair, Georgia practiced her drawing and let her hair fly free. As an adult, Georgia followed her love of art from the steel canyons of New York City to the vast plains of New Mexico. There she painted all day, and slept beneath the stars at night.

Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women Cover Image
By Cheryl Harness, Cheryl Harness (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064438698
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Published: HarperCollins - February 4th, 2003

In a 1776 letter cautioning her husband to "remember the ladies," Abigail Adams made one of the earliest pleas for women's rights in America. How could she have known, in the years to follow, just how many strong and independent women would step forward to forge new paths in their fight for equality?

My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780689843877
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Published: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - January 1st, 2003

Long before he became a world-famous dreamer, Martin Luther King Jr. was a little boy who played jokes and practiced the piano and made friends without considering race. But growing up in the segregated South of the 1920s forced a very young Martin to learn a bitter lesson -- little white children and little black children were not to play with one another.

Frida (Hc) Cover Image
By Jonah Winter, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590203203
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - February 1st, 2002

This long-awaited companion to Jonah Winter's acclaimed DIEGO features the paintings of young Spanish artist, Ana Juan. This stunning picture book is the perfect gift for art enthusiasts of all ages.

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez Cover Image
By Kathleen Krull, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152014377
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Published: Harcourt Children's Books - March 1st, 2003

Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive.

Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060562014
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Published: Amistad Press - December 23rd, 2003

"I believe in recognizing every human being