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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pick up a Biography Today!

For whatever reason, I always find it fascinating to read biographies in January.  A biography is an account of a person's life that is written by someone else.  I'm not sure why I like to read about people during this time.  Maybe it's because there is a big focus by the media on all the famous people who have passed away during the year.  Or perhaps it's all the award shows that begin to happen around this time that I want to learn about the popular actors and musicians.


Who Is and Who Was is a popular biography series we have at the library.  We are constantly being asked for these books.  What's so cool about the series is that they have a wide range of people to learn about like historical figures such as King Tut and Sacagawea, U.S. Presidents like George Washington and Ronald Regan, and even famous authors such as Maurice Sendak and J. K. Rowling.  And that's just to name a few.  It's such a great series that children of all ages really do love them.  There are great illustrations that are included in the book to provide more information about the person.  The books also have a timeline of the person's life and compare it to other memorable events in world history.  It's a great way to compare and contrast for those Common Core Standards.

There are some fabulous picture books too that are biographies.  Why the 2017 Caldecott, Radiant Child:  The Story of Young Artist Jean Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe is a biography picture book!  There are great picture book biographies of former presidents too such as Barack O'Bama:  Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes and Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln by Judith St. George.  Or maybe your prefer athletes.  Jump!: From the Life of Michael Jordan by Floyd Cooper is a great read.  

So come on in and find out someone who made a contribution to our world!  


Biography.com
Biographies for Kids website 
Who Was series website

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