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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Jazzy bio of Josephine Baker inspiring, bittersweet.
By Jonah Winter
(2012)
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Spectacular illustrations spotlight Parks' historic protest.
By Nikki Giovanni
(2006)
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Inspiring biography has bold, realistic artwork.
By Jonah Winter
(2013)
Award-winning picture-book treatment of Tubman.
By Carole Boston Weatherford
(2007)
Lovely, poignant look at key moment in Indian history.
By Alice B. McGinty
(2013)
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Stellar art portrays key aspects of Mandela's life for kids.
By Kadir Nelson
(2013)
Kid-friendly bio a strong, accessible intro to King's life.
By Brad Meltzer
(2016)
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Exciting bio of '20s female pilot who found fame with stunt.
By Tami Lewis Brown
(2012)
Engrossing Houdini bio by kids' author/magician.
By Sid Fleischman
(2007)
Picture book offers inspiring bios of Latino Americans.
By Juan Felipe Herrera
(2014)
An evenly presented Lindbergh biography.
By James Cross Giblin
(2003)
Gripping nonfiction graphic novel brings Old West to life.
By Patricia C. McKissack, Frederick L. McKissack
(2012)
The way biographies for children ought to be done.
By Candace Fleming
(2008)
Thoughtful, moving biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.
By Russell Freedman
(2003)
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Fictionalized bio in verse a great intro to Plath's poetry.
By Stephanie Hemphill
(2008)

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