Books by Theme
A good biography helps children make discoveries about history, opens their minds to other perspectives, and teaches them that one person can make a difference. These recommended books just may inspire children to make their own mark on the world.
America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle
Trudy Ederle loved to swim and was determined to be the best. Through hard work and determination she became the first woman to swim the English Channel.
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
A remarkably rounded picture of Shakespeare's life and the period in which he lived includes a thoughtful attempt to relate circumstances in his personal life to the content of his plays.
Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History
With simplified vocabularies, large print, and plenty of illustrations, this book describes the life and accomplishments of Carter G. Woodson, the man who pioneered the study of African American history. This is one of five biographies in the Great African Americans Series.
Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh
Charles Lindbergh was only 25 years old when he made his historic non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Through Burleigh's vivid retelling and Wimmer's bold paintings, the reader soars with Lindbergh as he follows his dream.
Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
Lou Gehrig played 2130 consecutive games for the Yankees (a record that stood until Cal Ripkin many years later). His story as a baseball great is told simply and with humility, reflecting the man himself. As his health deteriorated, Gehrig gave his farewell to a filled Yankee Stadium, declaring he was indeed the "luckiest man on the face of the earth."
Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs
In 1802, when Champollion was eleven years old, he vowed to be the first person to read Egypt's ancient hieroglyphs. He faced great challenges over the next twenty years as he searched for the elusive key to the mysterious writing.
The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka’iulani
Hawai'i was once an independent country ruled by a royal family. But, while Princess Ka'iulani was at school in England in the 1800s, the small island nation became part of the United States — and she never got a chance to become queen. This intriguing, quiet, bittersweet story presents a little known period and a real-life princess. It is a well-told and handsome book was created by a mother-daughter team.
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