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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

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

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

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Hiromi’s Hands (2007) by Lynne Barasch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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