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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Biography

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass The Story Behind An American Friendship By Freedman, Russell (Book - 2012 ) Y973.70922 FRE Available in some locations

Annotation:A clear-sighted, carefully researched account of two parallel lives and how they intersected at a critical moment in U.S. history. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were both self-taught, both great readers and believers in the importance of literacy. Their exchange of ideas helped to end the Civil War, reunite the nation, and abolish slavery. Ages 9-12

The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn By Burleigh, Robert (Book - 2011 ) JB TWAIN Available in some locations

Annotation:This colorful biography of Mark Twain is narrated by Twain’s literary creation, Huck Finn. Ages 10 & up

Black Elk's Vision
Black Elk's Vision A Lakota Story By Nelson, S. D. (Book - 2010 ) JB BLACK ELK Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:Black Elk, both a medicine man and a member of the cast in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, comes to life in this account by Nelson, a Standing Rock Sioux tribal member. Ages 7-12

Blockhead The Life of Fibonacci By D'Agnese, Joseph (Book - 2010 ) JB FIBONACCI Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:Fibonacci , a mathematician from the 12th century, was best known for bringing Arabic numerals to the western world and for discovering that many things in nature follow a certain pattern. Ages 8-11

A Boy Called Dickens
A Boy Called Dickens By Hopkinson, Deborah (Book - 2012 ) E HOPKINSON Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 31 copies

Annotation:To help stave off hunger and ease the boredom of toiling away in a blacking plant to pay off his family's debt,12-year-old Charles Dickens dreams up stories, including a seedling of a tale that would become David Copperfield. Ages 7-10

Brothers at Bat
Brothers at Bat The True Story of An Amazing All-brother Baseball Team By Vernick, Audrey (Book - 2012 ) E796.357097 VER Available in some locations

Annotation:Many families in the 1930s had lots of kids but only one had enough to field a baseball team . . . with three on the bench! The Acerra family, with sixteen kids including twelve boys, loved the game but, more important, they cared for and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Ages 5-10

Chuck Close
Chuck Close Face Book By Close, Chuck, 1940- (Book - 2012 ) JB CLOSE Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 8 copies

Annotation:Chuck Close, who is wheelchair-bound and paints with a brush strapped to his arm, discusses the severe dyslexia he has struggled with since childhood, as well as a collapsed spinal artery that left him nearly paralyzed at the age of 48, in this interactive autobiography of his art, and discusses the many processes he uses in the studio as well as a mix-and-match self-portrait section which allows readers to create new combinations of his techniques. Ages 8-12

Drawing From Memory
Drawing From Memory By Say, Allen (Book - 2011 ) J741.642092 SAY Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:This touching account of a Japanese boyhood describes Say’s relationship with his artistic mentor, who became more like a father to him. Ages 10 & up

Electric Ben
Electric Ben The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin By Byrd, Robert (Book - 2012 ) EB FRANKLIN Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

Annotation:Witty, wise, and endlessly curious, Benjamin Franklin was the first American celebrity and artist Robert Byrd documents his diverse accomplishments, from framing the Constitution to creating bifocals. Ages 5-12

Fabulous A Portrait of Andy Warhol By Christensen, Bonnie (Book - 2011 ) JB WARHOL Available in some locations

Annotation:Bullied and sickly as a child, Andy Warhol grew up to become a famous—and fabulous—artist. Ages 7-12

Georgia in Hawaii
Georgia in Hawaii When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased By Novesky, Amy (Book - 2012 ) E NOVESKY Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 19 copies

Annotation:Georgia O'Keeffe was famous for painting exactly what she wanted, whether flowers or skulls, so who would ever dare to tell her what to paint? The Hawaiian Pineapple Company tried and, luckily for them, Georgia fell in love with Hawaii and painted the vibrant flowersand the blue sea, but did she paint what they wanted most of all? Ages 6-9

Harlem's Little Blackbird
Harlem's Little Blackbird By Watson, Renee (Book - 2012 ) EB MILLS Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 8 copies

Annotation:From the “teeny-tiny” home where she grew up, to fame during the Harlem Renaissance, Florence Mills had a voice like a songbird and a heart filled with compassion and generosity. Ages 3-8

Here Come the Girl Scouts!
Here Come the Girl Scouts! The Amazing All-true Story of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure By Corey, Shana (Book - 2012 ) E369.463097 COR Available in some locations

Annotation:The amazing story of the first Girl Scouts and their visionary founder, Juliette Gordon Low who was not like most girls of the Victorian era. Prim and proper? BOSH! Dainty and delicate? HOW BORING! Ages 5-9

A Home for Mr. Emerson
A Home for Mr. Emerson By Kerley, Barbara (Book - 2014 ) JB EMERSON Available in some locations

Annotation:This moving biography illustrates the rewards of a life well-lived, one built around personal passions: creativity and community, nature and friendship.

Josephine The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker By Powell, Patricia Hruby, 1951- (Book - 2014 ) JB BAKER Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 28 copies

Annotation:An extraordinary portrait in exuberant verse and stirring pictures of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.

Lincoln Tells A Joke
Lincoln Tells A Joke How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) By Krull, Kathleen (Book - 2010 ) JB LINCOLN Available in some locations

Annotation:A biography of one of America's greatest presidents, focusing on his use of wit and humor, and his love of language. Ages 6-9

The Many Faces of George Washington
The Many Faces of George Washington Remaking A Presidential Icon By McClafferty, Carla Killough, 1958- (Book - 2011 ) JB WASHINGTON Available in some locations

Annotation:In this unique approach to a biography, McClafferty examines not only George Washington’s life but also his portrayal as both a man and an American icon. Ages 9 & up

Me-- Jane
Me-- Jane By McDonnell, Patrick, 1956- (Book - 2011 ) EB GOODALL Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 14 copies

Annotation:As young Jane Goodall, along with her chimpanzee Jubliee, observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of "a life living with and helping all animals," until one day she finds that her dream has come true. Ages 4-9

Moses When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom By Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- (Book - 2006 ) E973.7115 WEA Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 26 copies

Annotation:Beautiful illustrations and flowing text depict the spiritual journey of Harriet Tubman that prompted her to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom. Ages 5-9

Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali The People's Champion By Myers, Walter Dean, 1937- (Book - 2010 ) EB ALI Available in some locations

Annotation:Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., and once considered the underdog, Cassius, later known as Muhammad Ali, would eventually win the title of heavyweight champion of the world; while recounting the champ's most famous fights and examining the complexity of the larger-than-life legend, the bold art of Alix Delinois reflects the beauty and power of the man who could "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." Ages 5-10

A Nation's Hope
A Nation's Hope The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis By Peña, Matt de la (Book - 2011 ) EB LOUIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Joe Louis was determined to be a champion boxer and on the eve of World War II, he fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title. Ages 6-9

Noah Webster and His Words
Noah Webster and His Words By Ferris, Jeri (Book - 2012 ) EB WEBSTER Available in some locations

Annotation:A portrait of the man who wrote the first U.S. dictionary traces his youth as a bookish farm boy and his twenty-year effort to write the all-American dictionary that was published in 1828 when he was 70 years old. Ages 4-9

Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda Poet of the People By Brown, Monica, 1969- (Book - 2011 ) EB NERUDA Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 10 copies

Annotation:Once there was a little boy named Neftalí who loved wild things wildly and quiet things quietly and from the moment he could talk, he surrounded himself with words, and when he was sixteen, he began publishing his poems as Pablo Neruda and wrote about the things he loved including the people of Chile and their stories of struggle because above all things and above all words, Pablo Neruda loved people. Ages 6-10

Queen of the Falls
Queen of the Falls By Van Allsburg, Chris (Book - 2011 ) JB TAYLOR Available in some locations

Annotation:True story of Annie Edson Taylor, a 62 year old retired charm school teacher who performed a heroic and daring stunt—going over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel! Ages 6 & up

The Scraps Book
The Scraps Book Notes From A Colorful Life By Ehlert, Lois (Book - 2014 ) JB EHLERT Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 14 copies

Annotation:Illustrated with photos from her childhood, vivid artwork from her books, and found objects that she has incorporated into her collages, the colorful pages of this “portrait of the artist” are visually riveting. Creative children will find inspiration and encouragement here. Ages 5-10

Seeds of Change
Seeds of Change Planting A Path to Peace By Johnson, Jen Cullerton (Book - 2010 ) JB MAATHAI Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 11 copies

Annotation:Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, nicknamed Mama Miti, encourages others to plant trees to promote environmental and social change. Ages 7-11

Separate Is Never Equal
Separate Is Never Equal Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation By Tonatiuh, Duncan (Book - 2014 ) J379.263 TON All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 28 copies

Annotation:Younger children will be outraged by the injustice of the Mendez family story but pleased by its successful resolution. Older children will understand the importance of the 1947 ruling that desegregated California schools, paving the way for Brown v. Board of Education seven years later. Ages 6-9

A Splash of Red
A Splash of Red The Life and Art of Horace Pippin By Bryant, Jennifer (Book - 2013 ) JB PIPPIN Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 17 copies

Annotation:The eloquent text makes this a winning read-aloud, while Sweet’s vibrant, folksy illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, portray the joys and hardships of Pippin's life, using his trademark palette…with just a splash of red.

Skit-scat Raggedy Cat
Skit-scat Raggedy Cat Ella Fitzgerald By Orgill, Roxane (Book - 2013 ) JB FITZGERALD Available in some locations

Annotation:This biography follows the Queen of Scat from girlhood through young adulthood, when she released her hit record “A Tisket, A Tasket.” Ages 7-12

There Goes Ted Williams
There Goes Ted Williams The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived By Tavares, Matt (Book - 2012 ) JB WILLIAMS Available in some locations

Annotation:Living a life of dedication and passion, Ted Williams was an ordinary kid who wanted one thing: to hit a baseball better than anyone else, so he practiced his swing every chance he got. And then he practiced his swing again! Ages 6-10

Those Rebels, John and Tom
Those Rebels, John and Tom By Kerley, Barbara (Book - 2012 ) J973.440922 KER Available in some locations

Annotation:A dual portrait of two American Founding Fathers who helped shaped our country despite their opposing views and interpersonal differences - John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were very different! While John was argumentative and blunt, Tom was soft-spoken and polite and while John got along with almost no one, Tom got along with just about everyone. Ages 7-11

A Wizard From the Start
A Wizard From the Start The Incredible Boyhood & Amazing Inventions of Thomas Edison By Brown, Don, 1949- (Book - 2010 ) EB EDISON Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 13 copies

Annotation:A wizard from the start, Thomas Edison had a thirst for knowledge, a taste for mischief, and a hunger for discovery—but his success was made possible by his boundless energy. Ages 4-8

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