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.
Joey by Jill Biden; Amy June Bates (Illustrator); Kathleen Krull (as told to)
Respect 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.
Stay Curious! by Kathleen Krull; Paul Brewer; Boris Kulikov (Illustrator)
A picture book biography about science superstar, Stephen Hawking, whose visionary mind revolutionized our concept of reality and whose struggle with ALS inspired millions. As a young boy, Stephen Hawking loved to read, stargaze, and figure out how things worked. He looked at the world and always asked, Why? He never lost that curiosity, which led him to make groundbreaking discoveries about the universe as a young man. Even being diagnosed with ALS didn't slow Stephen down.
Code Breaker, Spy Hunter by Laurie Wallmark; Brooke Smart (Illustrator)
Tani's New Home by Tanitoluwa Adewumi; Michelle Lord (As told to); Courtney Dawson (Illustrator)
Ocean Speaks by Jess Keating; Katie Hickey (Illustrator)
She Caught the Light by Kathryn Lasky; Julianna Swaney (Illustrator)
The Greenburgh Public Library Children's Room has many BRAND NEW books. Not sure how to see what's available or how to borrow them? We are currently offering a few different options: