Biography

Most books listed here are picture book length biographies;
some are compendiums covering either many individuals or providing a few lengthier accounts
* indicate chapter-length books more suitable for readers ages 10 and up

28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World
Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek
Abe Lincon’s Hat
Abraham Lincoln
Across a Dark and Wild Sea
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science
Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer
The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer
Agatha Christie
*All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World
All Star!: Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever

America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle
Anne Frank
Annie and Helen
Anthology of Amazing Women
Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, A Life in Nature
*Around the World
*Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a Nation
Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box
Before She Was Harriet

Before They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids
Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery
Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President Washington
Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton
Black Whiteness: Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic
Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci
*Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniel and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights
Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs
Bon Appetit!: The Delicious Life of Julia Child
A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White

A Boy Called Dickens
The Boy who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon
The Boy who Grew a Forest
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909
Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel
The Bravest Woman in America
*Brown Girl Dreaming
Brush of the Gods
Buffalo Bird Girl

Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni  Gaudi
Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner
By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music
Calling the Doves
Caroline’s Comets
Carter Reads the Newspaper
Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony Inspired by Historical Facts
Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code
Child of St Kilda
Child of the Civil Rights Movement
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond
Chuck Close: Face Book

Claude Monet: The Painter Who Stopped the Trains
Clemente!
Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois
Cook’s Cook: The Cook who Cooked for Captain Cook
Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician
Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin
The Dalai Lama
Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler
Dangerous Jane
Danza: Amalia Hernandez and el Ballet Folkloric de Mexico
The Daring Nellie Bly: America’s Star Reporter
Dark Fiddler: THe Life and Legend of Nicolo Paganini
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors
Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights
Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido d”Arezzo
Dolley Madison
Dolley Madison Saves George Washington
Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers
Down the Colorado: John Wesley Powell, One-Armed Explorer
Dr. Jo: How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America’s Children
Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews
A Dream of Flight: Alberto Santos-Dumont’s Race Around the Eiffel Tower
*The Dreamer
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music
Edward Hopper: Painter of Light and Shadow

Eleanor
Electric Ben
Elephant Man
Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
Emmaline Pankhurst
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings
Extraordinary People

*Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler
Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau
Far Beyond the Garden Gate
Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine
Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson
Finding Narnia: The Story of C.S. Lewis and His Brother
First Mothers
Florence Nightingale
*Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse
The Flower Hunter: William Bartram, America’s First Naturalist

Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire
For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson
Frederick Douglas: A Noble Life
Fredericks’ Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass
Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala
Freedom Song: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown
From the Good Mountain: How Gutenberg Changed the World
*Fruitlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
George Bellows: Painter with a Punch!

George Did It
George Washington
*George Washington, Spymaster
Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists
A Girl Called Genghis Khan
Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon
*The Girl Who Drew Butterflies:How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science
The Girl who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenuous Inventions by Women
The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail
Growing Up Pedro
Hammering for Freedom
Harlem’s Little Blackbird:The Story of Florence Mills
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
*Heart of a Samurai
Hello, Neighbor: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers
Henry Aaron’s Dream
Henry’s Freedom Box
Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon
Here Come the Girl Scouts: The Amazing All-true Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and her Great Adventure
Herstory: 50 Women and Girls who Shook Up the World
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Hidden Figures: The Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
Hildegard of Bingen: Scientist, Composer, Healer & Saint
His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg
*Hitler
Hokusai: The Man who Painted a Mountain
The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in China
The House that Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams
How Emily Saved the Bridge: The Story of Emily Warren Roebling and the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
I Have a Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told

In Mary’s Garden
Indian Boyhood
Into the Deep: The Life of Naturalist and Explorer William Beebe
*Into the Unknown: How Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air
Ira’s Shakespeare Dream
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto
Irena’s Jars of Secrets
The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse
It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way
I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, a Young Artist in Harlem
Jesus

*Jim Thorpe: Original All-American
Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path
Joan of Arc
Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor
Johann Sebastian Bach
John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist
John, Paul, George, and Ben
John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien
The Journey that Saved Curious George
Jump: From the Life of Michael Jordan
Just Being Audrey
Karl, Get Out of the Garden: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing
The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton
Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor
Knockin’ On Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates
A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights
*Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood
Leontyne Price:Voice of a Century
Let ‘Er Buck: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger
A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Inés
*The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler

The Life and Times of Martin Luther
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa
Lighter Than Air: Sophie Blanchard, First Woman Pilot
Lights! Camera! Alice!: The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker
*Lincoln: A Photobiography
Lincoln and His Boys
Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (And The Country)
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
The Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend

Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights
Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics
Long May She Wave: The True Story of Caroline Pickersgill and her Star-Spangled Creation
Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer
Looking at Lincon
*Lost Boy Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan
Lost Boy: The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan
Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer
Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Mad Potter: George Ohr, Eccentric Genius
Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt
Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education

The Man who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie
Manjhi Moves a Mountain
Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime
*March, volumes 1,2, and 3
Marco Polo
Maria Montessori
Marie Curie
Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved our Planet
*Marooned: The Strange but True Adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the Real Robinson Crusoe
Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song
Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King

Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter
Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein
Matisse’s Garden
Maya Angelou
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines
*Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands
Me…Jane
*Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon
Memphis, Martin and the Mountaintop
Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet
Miguel’s Brave Knight
Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and her Cat

Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus
Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers
Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children
Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote
Monet Paints a Day
Monument Maker: Daniel Chester French and the Lincoln Memorial
*More Than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Mother Teresa
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
Mr. Matisse and His Cutouts

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda
Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Water
Music for the End of Time
The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano
My Heart Glow: Alice Cogswell, Thomas Gallaudet, and the Birth of American Sign Language
My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth
My Story My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey
A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
Neymar: A Soccer Dream Come True
Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic
No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season
Noah Webster’s Fighting Words

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art
Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson
Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero
Odetta: Queen of Folk
Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll: A Celebration of Wordplay and a Girl Named Alice
Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen
Out of School and into Nature: The Story of Anna Comstock
Out of this World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca
A Passion for Elephants: The Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss
Peace and Me: Inspired by the Lives of Nobel Peace Laureates
Pele: King of Soccer
The People Awards
The Perfect Wizard: Hans Christian Andersen
Piano Starts Here:The Young Art Tatum
Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art
Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Pippo the Fool
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
*The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero
Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney artist extraordinaire
A Poem for Peter
Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton
Polka Dot Parade: A Book About Bill Cunningham
Portrait of an Artist: Frida Kahlo
The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis
The Queen and the First Christmas Tree
Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom
Queen of the Falls

The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon
Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story
Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender
Regina Persisted: An Untold Story
The Revolutionary John Adams
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum
Rock & Roll Highway: The Robbie Robinson Story

Romare Bearden: Collage of Memories
Rosa
Sacagawea
Saint Valentine
Sandy’s Circus: A Story about Alexander Calder
Sarah Gives Thanks
Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
Sebastian: A Book About Bach
The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art
Seurat and La Grand Jatte: Connecting the Dots
Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey
Shackleton’s Journey
The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright
She Made a Monster
She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper
Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story
*Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and The Endurance
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille
Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story
*Ski Soldier
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
Sky Painter: Louis Fuertes, Bird Artist
Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre & His World of Insects

Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)
*Snow Baby: The Arctic Childhood of Admiral Robert E. Peary’s Daring Daughter
Snowflake Bentley
Snowshoe Thompson
So Tall Within
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Maria Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
*Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White
Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio
A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks
Sonia Delaunay: A Life of Color
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement
A Spy Called James
Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving
Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln
Stand There!She Shouted: The Invincible Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron
Storm Run: The Story of the First Woman to Win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race
Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song
The Strongest Man in the World: The Legend of Louis Cyr
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
Sundiata: Lion King of Mali
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
*Symphony for the City of the Dead

Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
Talkin’ Guitar
Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina
*Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embrace Autism and Changed the World
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library — Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by John O’Brien
Thomas Jefferson — Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything
Those Rebels, John and Tom
Through Georgia’s Eyes
*Through My Eyes
Through the Window: View of Marc Chagall’s Life and Art
Thurgood

Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History
Tito Puente: Mambo King
To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt
Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper
Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta 1325-1354
The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
*Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom:My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank
Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass
*Undaunted: The Wild Life of Biruté Mary Galdikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans

Under the Bodhi Tree: A Story of the Buddha
Vinnie and Abraham
Viva Frida
A Voice Named Aretha
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Loved to Draw
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees
War Dogs: Churchill & Rufus
*Washington at Valley Forge
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps
We Are Artists: Women who Made Their Mark on the World

What Charlie Heard
What Degas Saw
What Do You Do With a Voice Like That?
What Miss Mitchell Saw
What to Do About Alice?
When Bob Met Woody: The Story of Young Bob Dylan
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson
When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon and Garfunkel
When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot
When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super Stream of Ideas

*Wildheart: The Daring Adventures of John Muir
The William Hoy Story
William Shakespeare and the Globe
William Shakespeare: Scenes from the Life of the World’s Greatest Writer
Will’s Words:How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman
With Books & Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School
Women Explorers: Perils, Pistols, and Petticoats
Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers and Rebels
Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity
Young, Gifted and Black
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist