Category Archives: Biography

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

After reading The White Darkness, my interest in Antarctic exploration was piqued. Nick Bertozzi’s Shackleton tells and shows the amazing true story of Ernest Shackleton and his men, all of whom survived the expedition. A myriad of problems stood in their way: … Continue reading

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The Right Word: Roget And His Thesaurus

Melissa Sweet is a master of collage and book illustration, and The Right Word: Roget And His Thesaurus showcases her nuanced work. Written by Jen Bryant, Roget chronicles the life of the famous thesaurus maker. Lists of synonyms are hard to make, … Continue reading

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson‘s autobiography-in-verse looks like a novel with its silhouette in front of a sunrise (I know it’s a sunrise because she wasn’t allowed outside at sunset time) and reads beautifully. Starting from birth, Jacqueline tells her story of living … Continue reading

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Three Books Featuring Emily Dickinson

I have unintentionally read three books about Emily Dickinson, only one of which did I realize was going to feature the late poet. It’s easy to become enamoured with Emily Dickinson, reclusive, poignant word artist. Here they are in order of … Continue reading

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When I Was Eight

When she was eight, Olemaun wanted to read the outsiders’ books so badly, she was willing to leave her Inuit father and way of life to go to the outsiders’ school. Once there, she was forced to conform and endure … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

An inspiring tale of William Kamkwamba and how he upcycled trash to make his community’s first windmill. During 2001 and 2001, Malawi suffered from severe drought. William’s village didn’t have electric lights, much less crop irrigation, so William studied at … Continue reading

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I Have A Dream

Kadir Nelson illustrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s dream using the words of that well-known speech. Nelson creates a balance between history and a vision for the future:  We see both Dr. King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial … Continue reading

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Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Although Balloons Over Broadway crescendos at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the true story is Tony Sarg‘s consistent innovation and enjoyment in his occupation. He did not think of puppetry as work; in fact he said he never worked a day in his life. … Continue reading

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Wilma Unlimited

Overcoming multiple obstacles, including crippling polio, Wilma Rudolph persisted and exercised and ran her way to being the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics. In the aftermath of the Summer Olympic Games in London, this … Continue reading

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Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World

There is an inspiring woman for every letter of the alphabet. Cynthia Chin-Lee gives mini biographies on über famous people, such as Oprah, as well as lesser-known but equally inspiring visionaries such as Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, first female president of … Continue reading

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