Category Archives: Biographies

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner Grades 5 & up This well-researched, heavily documented look into the life of one of the first superstar samurai is also a well-crafted, action-packed adventure story. Minamoto Yoshitune … Continue reading

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle Grades 5 & up This hauntingly beautiful memoir in verse carries the theme of wings and flying throughout Margarita Engle’s childhood. Growing up in Los Angeles, she spent many … Continue reading

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Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust

Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum and Todd Hasak-Lowy Grades 5 & up This is one of the most powerful books about the Holocaust that I have read in a long time. … Continue reading

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Spic-and-Span!: Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen

Spic-and-Span!: Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen by Monica Kulling Grades 2-4 Lillian Moller Gilbreth and her husband Frank were efficiency experts in the early 1900s. They analyzed how workers performed their jobs and made suggestions on how to make the work … Continue reading

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson This collection of free verse poetry traces award-winning author Jaqueline Woodson’s journey as she became the writer that she is today. Starting with her birth and family roots in Ohio to her mother’s return … Continue reading

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El Deafo

El Deafo by Cece Bell Cece Bell looks back at her childhood in this graphic novel about growing up deaf. She had normal hearing until a virus at the age of four, and her parents choose to keep her in … Continue reading

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne For Kindergarten & up What a fantastic introduction to Albert Einstein for young and old alike! The words are beautiful and the pictures draw in the readers, … Continue reading

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Animals Welcome

Animals Welcome: A Life of Reading, Writing, and Rescue by Peg Kehret Grades 3 & up Author Peg Kehret tells the story of the many animals (mostly cats) that she has rescued and fostered throughout the years in this heart-warming … Continue reading

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Knucklehead

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka grade 4 & up I am hesitant to call this an autobiography, since that makes it sound like a dry summary of Jon Scieska’s life. What it is instead is an absolutely hysterical series of vignettes … Continue reading

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The Abracadabra Kid

The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer’s Life by Sid Fleischman grades 4 & up It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Sid Fleischman has died. He was 90 years old. In his memory, I have to recommend … Continue reading

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