Book Reviews

Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens Book Poster Image
age 4+
Gorgeous, uplifting picture-book bio of the Queen of Gospel.
By Nina Nolan
(2015)
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Snowflake Bentley Book Poster Image
age 4+
Lyrical prose explores a fascinating life.
By Jacqueline Briggs Martin
(1998)
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JFK Book Poster Image
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age 5+
Inspiring biography has bold, realistic artwork.
By Jonah Winter
(2013)
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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Book Poster Image
age 5+
Award-winning picture-book treatment of Tubman.
By Carole Boston Weatherford
(2006)
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Fly, Bessie, Fly Book Poster Image
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age 5+
Inspiring story; kids will root for the heroine.
By Lynn Joseph
(1998)
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The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali Book Poster Image
age 5+
Terrific, kid-friendly bio on a sports great.
By Tonya Bolden
(2004)
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Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson Book Poster Image
age 5+
Daughter's memory of her bigger-than-life, courageous dad.
By Sharon Robinson
(2009)
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Leonardo da Vinci Book Poster Image
age 6+
Filled with fascinating facts and some surprises.
By Diane Stanley
(1996)
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Amelia Earhart: Young Air Pioneer Book Poster Image
age 6+
Competent but drab Earhart bio.
By Jane Moore Howe
(1969)
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Diego Book Poster Image
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age 6+
Bilingual text and mini-murals illustrate Rivera's story.
By Jonah Winter
(2007)
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Piano Starts Here Book Poster Image
age 6+
Masterful illustrations and an inspirational bio.
By Robert Andrew Parker
(2008)
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The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth Book Poster Image
age 6+
True story about an amazing boy who thought outside the box.
By Kathleen Krull
(2009)
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The Day-Glo Brothers Book Poster Image
age 6+
Eye-popping biography of inventive brothers.
By Chris Barton
(2009)
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For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart Book Poster Image
age 6+
Unusual biography about Mozart's talented sister.
By Elizabeth Rusch
(2011)
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Queen of the Falls Book Poster Image
age 6+
Eccentric character and amazing art keep this story afloat.
By Chris Van Allsburg
(2011)
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Nelson Mandela Book Poster Image
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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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I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.: Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
age 7+
Kid-friendly bio a strong, accessible intro to King's life.
By Brad Meltzer
(2016)
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One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin Book Poster Image
age 7+
Extraordinary book celebrates curiosity, and an amazing man.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2009)
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Django: World's Greatest Jazz Guitarist Book Poster Image
age 7+
Moving bio of jazz guitarist can be a little hard to follow.
By Bonnie Christensen
(2009)
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Soar, Elinor! Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Exciting bio of '20s female pilot who found fame with stunt.
By Tami Lewis Brown
(2010)
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