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Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead
4.16
really liked it
5 stars for illustration; 3 for text.

First reviewed on Literaritea

What It Is: A picture book biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton

What It’s About: Osten
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Feb 22, 2016
Feb 22, 2016
 
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison
3.83
really liked it
I was delighted with how approachable this book still is for today's audiences. Published in 1941, this book is more than 70 years old--how would its ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial
4.20
it was amazing
First reviewed on Literaritea

Rather than looking at school segregation through the lens of Brown v. Board of Education, Goodman takes readers back 100
...more
Feb 12, 2016
Feb 12, 2016
 
Brown Girl Dreaming
4.10
it was amazing
FINALLY read this gem! First reviewed on Literaritea

What It Is: autobiographical novel-in-verse

What It’s About: Young Jackie Woodson grows updating th
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Mar 09, 2016
Mar 09, 2016
 
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune
3.75
it was amazing
First reviewed on Literaritea

What It Is: Biography

What It’s About: Twelfth century samurai Minamoto Yoshitsune’s turbulent life and the rise of the sa
...more
Mar 21, 2016
Mar 21, 2016
 
Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin
3.96
really liked it
Picture book bios are so interesting: this one is about the Great Blondin, a tight-rope walker, who spent his life longing for the next death-defying ...more
Jul 08, 2016
Jul 08, 2016
 
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
4.49
it was amazing
First reviewed on Literaritea

Written by Harry's great-granddaughter, the text feels as though a mother is indeed telling a family story to her young s
...more
Nov 06, 2015
Nov 06, 2015
 
Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington
4.24
really liked it
A solid picture book biography of Booker T. Washington that focus on his childhood and his pursuit of education. Text has a nice rhythm to it--it's no ...more
Feb 13, 2014
Nov 20, 2013
 
The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland's Good Fortune
4.05
really liked it
4.5 stars

Lynch's illustrations are a wonderful fit for the story he tells of John Howland, the Mayflower, and that harsh first winter for the Pilgrims
...more
Oct 26, 2015
Oct 26, 2015
 
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer
4.31
it was amazing

A powerful example of what a talented author and equally talented illustrator can do with a picture book biography! First person free verse recounts F
...more
Oct 26, 2015
Oct 26, 2015
 
Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
4.25
it was amazing
A fantastic angle for this biography: the super-soaker. Kids love to read about things that they connect with. Who hasn't used a super-soaker (or pine ...more
Dec 23, 2016
Dec 23, 2016
 
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: a Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
4.02
really liked it
I'm reviewing a lot of books this summer that start out with "This isn't usually my style...."

And Jimi is the same way: not the type I'm drawn to, bu
...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
 
The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas
4.23
it was amazing
First reviewed on Literaritea

What It Is: A middle grades biography of Buffalo Bill

What It’s About: Buffalo Bill may be the title character of this wil
...more
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 16, 2016
 
Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig
3.56
really liked it
First reviewed on Literaritea

What It Is: Part historical fiction and part picture book biography about Beatrix Potter

What It’s About: Beatrix Potter k
...more
Feb 22, 2016
Feb 22, 2016
 
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
3.96
really liked it
First reviewed on Literaritea

Picture book biographies tackle such interesting subjects! Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea shows how the undersea map we
...more
Feb 10, 2016
Feb 10, 2016
 
Look up! The Story of the First Woman Astronomer
3.83
liked it
I really enjoyed Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor, so I was eager to read this earlier work by Burleigh and Colon. I ...more
Mar 2016
Mar 01, 2016
 
Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box
3.78
liked it
First reviewed on Literaritea

What It Is: A picture book biography about Beatrix Potter.

What It’s About: This book focuses primarily on Potter’s young
...more
Feb 22, 2016
Feb 22, 2016
 
Hillary
3.13
really liked it
First reviewed on Literaritea

What It Is: A picture book biography about Hillary Rodham Clinton

What It’s About: Hillary Clinton! Although Winter begins
...more
Feb 22, 2016
Feb 22, 2016
 
Give Me Wings: How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World
3.77
it was amazing
First reviewed on Literaritea

The Warm-Up: A well written, well researched account of the Jubilee Singers using the experience of Ella Sheppard as the
...more
Feb 27, 2016
Feb 27, 2016
 
Abigail Adams: First Lady of Faith and Courage (Sower Series)
3.96
liked it
I wish I could give 3.5 stars here. It would be hard not to write an interesting biography of such a fascinating woman as Abigail Adams. I appreciate ...more
Mar 17, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
 
Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller
4.21
really liked it
I remember reading the story of Helen Keller when I was a kid and being completely caught up in it--I tried to learn Braille and I taught myself finge ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
 
Speed to Glory: The Cullen Jones Story
3.36
liked it
As I mentioned in my review of a Dominique Dawes biography, one of the Olympic sports I really enjoy watching is the swimming. Cullen Jones is just th ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
 
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
4.28
it was amazing
First reviewed on Redeemed Reader

This picture book biography of the famous thesaurus author is another remarkable collaboration by award-winning team
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Oct 06, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
 
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
4.21
really liked it
Even grown-ups don't "get" much of Einstein's thoughts and experiments, so to write a picture book biography that distills Einstein and his amazing br ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
 
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings
4.29
really liked it
Picture book biographies are such great ways to "get to know" someone. e. e. cummings is an interesting fellow, to be sure, and this biography brings ...more
Oct 26, 2015
Oct 26, 2015
 
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
4.34
really liked it
I didn't realize Harriett Tubman had such a strong Christian faith before I read this book--it's amazing what you can learn from a picture book biogra ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
 
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
4.07
it was amazing
(Long! First posted on RedeemedReader as an example of a great picture book biography)

I’m a HUGE fan of Melissa Sweet’s artwork. She researches her su
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not set
Oct 08, 2013
 
Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?
3.68
really liked it
Fritz always has a fun, unifying idea for her biographies; for this one, she presents Columbus as a constant wayfarer, always off on an adventure or d ...more
Mar 30, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
 
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Caldecott Honor Book)
4.06
it was amazing
Wow--this is another part picture book, part graphic novel that takes more than one time through to appreciate. Sis's use of palette--phenomenal. The ...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
 
The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors
3.93
really liked it
Picture book biographies showcase the most interesting parts of history! I read this book when it came out, and am just now rating/reviewing it, so I ...more
Mar 12, 2015
Jul 03, 2013
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