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New Nonfiction - Picture Book Biographies

by Joanna Rooney on 2021-04-19T10:00:00-04:00 in Children, Biography & Memoir, What To Read | Comments

Picture book biographies can introduce children to real people both past and present.  Reading about presidents, artists and scientists can inspire but also teach children about history, geography, the arts and sciences and help them learn about cultures different from their own.  The books use a combination of illustrations and text to tell the person's life story with usually '"just enough" information, making them good choices for reading aloud to kids of all ages.  Highlighted below our some of the new picture book biographies recently added to our collection.  

Cover Art

Joey by Jill Biden; Amy June Bates (Illustrator); Kathleen Krull (as told to)

Joey is the first ever picture book about the young life of Joe Biden, the 47th Vice President of the United States, and includes never before told family stories about the president-elect and former vice president’s childhood—written by Jill Biden, his spouse.  The book recounts his childhood in Scranton, Pennsylvania, his perseverance and leadership from his earliest years, his struggles to overcome stuttering, his relationships with his family, and his political career.

Cover ArtRespect by Carole Boston Weatherford; Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
"Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father's Detroit church. Aretha sang with a soaring voice that spanned more than three octaves. Her incredible talent and string of hit songs earned her the title "the Queen of Soul." This Queen was a multi-Grammy winner and the first female inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And there was even more to Aretha than being a singer, songwriter, and pianist: she was an activist, too. 



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