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Non-Fiction Picturebooks- Biographies

I love how many picturebook biographies have been coming out in the last few years- they’re such an easy and accessible way to expose kids to different life experiences. This is a list of ones I’ve read recently which might be a little long or involved to share at storytime, but are still beautifully illustrated and/or are about very interesting individuals. I starred my favorites, but all of them are 100% worth looking into.


*For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story (2016) by Rebecca Langston-George, illus. by Janna Bock


Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor (2016) by Robert Burleigh, illus. by Raul Colon


The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (2015) by Chris Barton, illus. by Don Tate


Hiromi’s Hands (2007) by Lynne Barasch


*Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber (2016) by Sue Macy, illus. by C.F. Payne


Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France (2015) by Mara Rockliff, illus. by Iacopo Bruno


Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library (2013) by Barbara Rosenstock, illus. by John O’Brien


Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead (2016) by Michelle Markel, illus. by LeUyen Pham


*The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos (2013) by Deborah Heiligman, illus. by LeUyen Pham


It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw (2012) by Don Tate, illus. by R. Gregory Christie


Charles Darwin’s Around the World Adventure (2016) by Jennifer Thermes


Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille (2016) by Jen Bryant, illus. by Boris Kulikov


Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman’s Race for the Presidency (2008) by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illus. by Courtney A. Martin


*Mr. Ferris and His Wheel (2014) by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illus. by Gilbert Ford


*I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark (2016) by Debbie Levy, illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley



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