Biographies

Sometimes the best stories are the true ones. Our list of the best biographies for young readers includes nostalgic holiday tales, inspiring stories about people standing up for their rights, and more.

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Spectacular illustrations spotlight Parks' historic protest.
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By Nikki Giovanni
(2006)
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4
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Jazzy bio of Josephine Baker inspiring, bittersweet.
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By Jonah Winter
(2012)
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5
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Inspiring biography has bold, realistic artwork.
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By Jonah Winter
(2013)
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5
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Award-winning picture-book treatment of Tubman.
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By Carole Boston Weatherford
(2007)
AGE
6
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Stellar art portrays key aspects of Mandela's life for kids.
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By Kadir Nelson
(2013)
AGE
6
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Lovely, poignant look at key moment in Indian history.
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By Alice B. McGinty
(2013)
AGE
7
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Exciting bio of '20s female pilot who found fame with stunt.
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By Tami Lewis Brown
(2012)
AGE
8
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Engrossing Houdini bio by kids' author/magician.
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By Sid Fleischman
(2007)
AGE
8
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Picture book offers inspiring bios of Latino Americans.
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By Juan Felipe Herrera
(2014)
AGE
9
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An evenly presented Lindbergh biography.
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By James Cross Giblin
(2003)
AGE
10
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Gripping nonfiction graphic novel brings Old West to life.
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By Frederick L. McKissack Jr., Patricia C. McKissack
(2012)
AGE
10
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The way biographies for children ought to be done.
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By Candace Fleming
(2008)
AGE
11
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Thoughtful, moving biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.
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By Russell Freedman
(2003)

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