Book Reviews

age 8+
 
Artful profiles of groundbreakers are fresh, inspiring.
By Kate Schatz
(2015)
age 4+
 
Gorgeous, uplifting picture-book bio of the Queen of Gospel.
By Nina Nolan
(2015)
age 8+
 
Inspirational and informative intro to an American hero.
By Ann Turner
(2015)
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age 12+
 
YA version of POW bio is a poignant tale of perseverance.
By Laura Hillenbrand
(2014)
age 8+
 
Picture book offers inspiring bios of Latino Americans.
By Juan Felipe Herrera
(2014)
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age 5+
 
Inspiring biography has bold, realistic artwork.
By Jonah Winter
(2013)
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age 6+
 
Stellar art portrays key aspects of Mandela's life for kids.
By Kadir Nelson
(2013)
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age 7+
 
Exciting bio of '20s female pilot who found fame with stunt.
By Tami Lewis Brown
(2010)
age 10+
 
Gripping nonfiction graphic novel brings Old West to life.
By Frederick L. McKissack Jr., Patricia C. McKissack
(2012)
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age 10+
 
Inspirational story of life after a shark attack.
By Bethany Hamilton
(2011)
age 6+
 
Eccentric character and amazing art keep this story afloat.
By Chris Van Allsburg
(2011)
age 8+
 
Clever, fun bio's wordplay is best fit for school-aged kids.
By Robert Burleigh
(2011)
age 6+
 
Unusual biography about Mozart's talented sister.
By Elizabeth Rusch
(2011)
age 14+
 
Award-winning bio of bigger-than-life blues singer.
By Ann Angel
(2010)
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age 11+
 
Lyrical, ficionalized biography of famed poet Pablo Neruda.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2010)
age 9+
 
Lively profile of a brave man living in a dangerous time.
By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
(2009)
age 7+
 
Moving bio of jazz guitarist can be a little hard to follow.
By Bonnie Christensen
(2009)
age 12+
 
Lively free verse bio doesn't gloss over Rivera's appetites.
By Carmen Bernier-Grand
(2009)
age 12+
 
Lovely first-person narration helps bring Dickinson to life.
By Barbara Dana
(2009)
age 6+
 
Eye-popping biography of inventive brothers.
By Chris Barton
(2009)

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