Category Archives: Biography

2 Great Picture Books and 1 Biography of Jacque Cousteau.

I grew up watching the TV series The Undersea World of Jacque Cousteau with my family in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  For a little girl living in Boise, Idaho, his beautiful footage of exotic fish, strange underwater plants … Continue reading

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The Brilliant Books of James Herriot! (1972 – 1992)

Do I like animals?  Yes.  Do I LOVE animals?  Not particularly.   Despite my ambivalent feelings about the animal kingdom, I am a HUGE fan of the James Herriot books!  If you’ve not yet met Dr. Herriot (a talented, self-deprecating country … Continue reading

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Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1933)

  If you’ve ever wanted to live on acres of land where you had a lovely house and grew most of your own food, this book is for you!  Although Farmer Boy is usually listed as part of the Little … Continue reading

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Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman (1997)

Can I just say, bless those authors who write excellent biographies for children! Louis Braille was born in 1809 in a small town outside of Paris, France.  Through a terrible accident involving his father’s leather working tools, Louis was blinded … Continue reading

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Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter & Connie Roop (1985)

This early reader (large print, limited vocabulary and short sentences), tells the true story of Abbie Burgess.  Abbie lived with her family in a lighthouse on the coast of Maine in the 1850s.  When Abbie was only 16 years old, … Continue reading

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Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (1948)

The book Cheaper by the Dozen (which is nothing like the 2003 Steve Martin film of the same name, thank goodness) tells the hilarious — and inspiring — true story of the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth family. Frank Gilbreth was … Continue reading

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Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (2011)

Prior to this post, I’ve only recommended chapter books, but I wanted to mention a delightful picture book I recently discovered.  Balloons Over Broadway recounts the origin of the enormous balloon characters used in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. … Continue reading

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