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Here are some easy reading biographies for kids!

A Ben Of All Trades : The Most Inventive Boyhood Of Benjamin Franklin
Michael J. Rosen, Matt Tavares
E Ros
Just Like Beverly : A Biography Of Beverly Cleary
Vicki Conrad, David Hohn
E Con
A Computer Called Katherine : How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America On The Moon
Suzanne Slade, Veronica Miller Jamison
E Sla
Leave It To Abigail! : The Revolutionary Life Of Abigail Adams
Barb Rosenstock, Elizabeth Baddeley
E Ros
A Girl Called Genghis Khan : How Maria Toorpakai Wazir Pretended To Be A Boy, Defied The Taliban, And Became A World Famous Squash Player
Michelle Lord, Shehzil Malik
E Lor
Let 'Er Buck! : George Fletcher, The People's Champion
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Gordon C. James
E Nel
A Likkle Miss Lou : How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice
Nadia L. Hohn, Eugenie Fernandes
E Hoh
Madame Saqui : Revolutionary Rope Dancer
Lisa Robinson, Rebecca Green
E Rob
Ada And The Number-crunching Machine
Zoë Tucker, Rachel Katstaller
E Tuc
Mother Jones And Her Army Of Mill Children
Jonah Winter, Nancy Carpenter
E Win
Althea Gibson : The Story Of Tennis' Fleet-of-foot Girl
Megan Reid, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman
E Rei
Out Of This World: The Surreal Art Of Leonora Carrington
Michelle Markel, Amanda Hall
E Mar
Anna Strong : A Spy During The American Revolution
Sarah Glenn Marsh, Sarah Green
E Mar
Paper Son : The Inspiring Story Of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant And Artist
Julie Leung, Chris (Illustrator) Sasaki
E Leu
Billie Jean! : How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women's Sports
Mara Rockliff, Elizabeth Baddeley
E Roc
Planting Stories : The Life Of Librarian And Storyteller Pura Belpré
Anika Denise, Paola Escobar
E Den
Birth Of The Cool : How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound
Kathleen Cornell Berman, Keith Henry Brown
E Ber
Saving The Countryside : The Story Of Beatrix Potter And Peter Rabbit
Linda Elovitz Marshall, Ilaria Urbinati
E Mar
Dream Builder : The Story Of Architect Philip Freelon
Kelly Starling author Lyons, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman, Philip G. Freelon
E Lyo
The Only Woman In The Photo : Frances Perkins & Her New Deal For America
Kathleen Krull, Alexandra Bye
E Kru
Follow Chester! : A College Football Team Fights Racism And Makes History
Gloria Respress-Churchwell
E Res
The Power Of Her Pen : The Story Of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne
Lesa Cline-Ransome, John Parra
E Cli
For Spacious Skies : Katharine Lee Bates And The Inspiration For "America The Beautiful"
Nancy Churnin, Olga Baumert
E Chu
The Secret Garden Of George Washington Carver
Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison
E Bar
Guitar Genius : How Les Paul Engineered The Solid Body Electric Guitar And Rocked The World
Kim Tomsic, Brett Helquist
E Tom
Wilma's Way Home : The Life Of Wilma Mankiller
Doreen Rappaport, Linda Kukuk
E Rap
Her Fearless Run : Kathrine Switzer's Historic Boston Marathon
Kim Chaffee, Ellen Rooney
E Cha
Wood, Wire, Wings : Emma Lilian Todd Invents An Airplane
Kirsten W. Larson, Tracy Subisak
E Lar
Joni : The Lyrical Life Of Joni Mitchell
Selina Alko
E Alk

Michael J. Rosen, Matt Tavares
Description: "Young Benjamin Franklin wants to be a sailor, but his father won't hear of it. The other trades he tried bored him through and through. But each time he fails to find a career, he took some important bit of knowledge with him, and that tendency is exactly what made him the versatile genius we remember today." -- inside front jacket flap.
Call Number: E Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Suzanne Slade, Veronica Miller Jamison
Description: Shares the story of the pioneering African American mathematician, Katherine Johnson, who helped calculate America's first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world's first trip to the moon.
Call Number: E Sla
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Michelle Lord, Shehzil Malik
Description: Meet Maria Toorpakai Wazir, a brave Pakistani girl who pursued her love of sports in spite of being taunted and beaten. When the President of Pakistan gave Maria an award for outstanding achievement, the Taliban threatened her squash club, family, and life. Forced to quit the team, she continued to practice in her bedroom every day for three years!Maria's story will inspire and empower all children . . . especially girls.
Call Number: E Lor
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Nadia L. Hohn, Eugenie Fernandes
Description: Louise's favorite words came to life in the Jamaican patois she heard around her. They sprang from her grandmother's stories. They thumped through songs in the street. And they danced lively in the voices of the women dressed by her seamstress mother.
Call Number: E Hoh
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Zoë Tucker, Rachel Katstaller
Description: "She invents crazy contraptions, solves big sums, and reads all the books in the library. Although she may look like an ordinary little girl, Ada Lovelace is about to change the world. Z︠o Tucker and Rachel Katstaller tell the amazing true story of a little girl who didn't go to school, but grew up to create the world's first computer program."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Tuc
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Megan Reid, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman
Description: Althea Gibson was the quickest, tallest, most fearless athlete in 1940s Harlem. She couldn't sit still! When she put her mind to it, the fleet-of-foot girl reigned supreme at every sport--stickball with the boys, basketball with the girls, paddle tennis with anyone who would hit with her. But being the quickest, tallest, most fearless player in Harlem wasn't enough for Althea. She knew she could be a tennis champion. Because of segregation, black people weren't allowed to compete against white people in sports. Althea didn't care. She just wanted to play tennis against the best athletes in the world. And with skill and determination, she did just that, eventually becoming the first black person--man or woman--to win a trophy at Wimbledon.
Call Number: E Rei
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Sarah Glenn Marsh, Sarah Green
Description: "Anna Smith Strong was a fearless woman who acted as a spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Recruited by Washington's spymaster, Major Benjamin Tallmadge, she joined the Culper Ring, a group of American spies. General Washington placed a huge amount of trust in his spies, and Anna helped pass him important messages at a great risk to herself and her family. One of her cleverer devices was to hang laundry on the line in a planned fashion so that other spies could read the "message." Had she been discovered by the British, she would have faced jail or execution."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Mara Rockliff, Elizabeth Baddeley
Description: "A picture book biography of tennis champion and social activist Billie Jean King"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Roc
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Kathleen Cornell Berman, Keith Henry Brown
Description: Explores the childhood and early career of the noted jazz trumpeter who gained fame performing at the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1955.
Call Number: E Ber
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Kelly Starling author Lyons, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman, Philip G. Freelon
Description: "A biography of Philip Freelon, whose rich family history and deep understanding of Black culture brought him to the role of lead architect for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Lyo
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Gloria Respress-Churchwell
Call Number: E Res
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Nancy Churnin, Olga Baumert
Description: "Katharine Lee Bates first wrote the lines to "America the Beautiful" on a summer evening after a stirring visit to Pikes Peak in 1893. But the story behind the song begins with Katharine herself, who grew up with memories of the country divided by the Civil War and pushed beyond conventional expectations of women to become an acclaimed writer, scholar, suffragist, and reformer. Katharine believed in the power of words to make a difference, and in "America the Beautiful," her vision of the nation as a great family, united from sea to shining sea, continues to uplift and inspire us all"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Chu
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Kim Tomsic, Brett Helquist
Description: This is the story of how Les Paul created the world's first solid- body electric guitar, countless other inventions that changed modern music, and one truly epic career in rock and roll. How to make a microphone? A broomstick, a cinderblock, a telephone, a radio. How to make an electric guitar? A record player's arm, a speaker, some tape. How to make a legendary inventor? A few tools, a lot of curiosity, and an endless faith in what is possible.
Call Number: E Tom
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Kim Chaffee, Ellen Rooney
Description: Kathrine Switzer changed the world of running. This narrative biography follows Kathrine from running laps as a girl in her backyard to becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with official race numbers in 1967. Her inspirational true story is for anyone willing to challenge the rules. The compelling collage art adds to the kinetic action of the story. With tension and heart, this biography has the influential power to get readers into running.
Call Number: E Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Selina Alko
Description: "Joni Mitchell painted with words. Sitting at her piano or strumming the guitar, she turned the words into songs. The songs were like brushstrokes on a canvas, saying things that were not only happy or sad but true. But before composing more than two hundred songs, Joni was a young girl from a town on the Canadian prairie, where she learned to love dancing, painting, birdsong, and piano. As she grew up into an artist, Joni took her strong feelings--feelings of love and frustration, and the turbulence that came with being a young woman--and wrote them into vivid songs."--Amazon.
Call Number: E Alk
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Vicki Conrad, David Hohn
Description: "Just like Beverly is the story of one of the most famous children's authors fo all time. As a young girl, Beverly Cleary struggled to learn to read and found most children's books dull and uninteresting. She often wondered if there were any books about kids just like her, full of fun and adventure."
Call Number: E Con
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Barb Rosenstock, Elizabeth Baddeley
Description: Everyone knew Abigail was different. Instead of keeping quiet, she blurted out questions. Instead of settling down with a wealthy minister, she married a poor country lawyer named John Adams. Instead of running from the Revolutionary War, she managed a farm and fed hungry soldiers. Instead of leaving the governing to men, she insisted they "Remember the Ladies." Instead of fearing Europe's kings and queens, she boldly crossed the sea to represent her new country. And when John become President of the United States, Abigail became First Lady, and a powerful advisor. Leave it to Abigail--an extraordinary woman who surprised the world.
Call Number: E Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Gordon C. James
Description: "African American George Fletcher loved horses from an early age. When he unfairly lost the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up to a white man, the outraged audience declared him "people's champion"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Nel
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Lisa Robinson, Rebecca Green
Call Number: E Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Jonah Winter, Nancy Carpenter
Description: The story of Mother Jones, an Irish immigrant who was essential in the fight to create child labor laws. Well into her sixties, Mother Jones had finally had enough of children working long hours in dangerous factory jobs, and decided she was going to do something about it. The powerful protests she organized earned her the name "the most dangerous woman in America." And in the Children's Crusade of 1903, she lead one hundred boys and girls on a glorious march from Philadelphia right to the front door of President Theodore Roosevelt's Long Island home. -- adapted from amazon.com
Call Number: E Win
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Michelle Markel, Amanda Hall
Description: Chronicles the life and works of the surrealist artist, who created some of the most enigmatic and startling works of the twentieth century.
Call Number: E Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Julie Leung, Chris (Illustrator) Sasaki
Call Number: E Leu
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Anika Denise, Paola Escobar
Description: A story about Pura Belpré, a Puerto Rican librarian who changed the world-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Den
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Linda Elovitz Marshall, Ilaria Urbinati
Description: "Growing up in London, Beatrix Potter felt the restraints of Victorian times. Girls didn't go to school and weren't expected to work. But she longed to do something important, something that truly mattered. As Beatrix spent her summers in the country and found inspiration in nature, it was through this passion that her creativity flourished." -- amazon.com
Call Number: E Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Kathleen Krull, Alexandra Bye
Description: "Biography of Frances Perkins, the first female member of the presidential cabinet, and architect of much of the New Deal legislation as Secretary of Labor."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Kru
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Lesa Cline-Ransome, John Parra
Description: Ethel L. Payne always had an ear for stories. Seeking truth, justice, and equality, Ethel followed stories from her school newspaper in Chicago to Japan during World War II. It even led her to the White House briefing room, where she broke barriers as one of the first black journalists. Ethel wasn't afraid to ask the tough questions of presidents, elected officials, or any one else in charge, earning her the title "First Lady of the Black Press." Fearless and determined, Ethel L. Payne shined a light on the darkest moments in history, and her ear for stories sought answers to the questions that mattered most in the fight for civil rights.
Call Number: E Cli
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison
Description: When George Washington Carver was just a young child, he had a secret: a garden of his own. Here, he rolled dirt between his fingers to check if plants needed more rain or sun. He protected roots through harsh winters, so plants could be reborn in the spring. He trimmed flowers, spread soil, studied life cycles. And it was in this very place that George's love of nature sprouted into something so much more--his future. Gene Barretta's moving words and Frank Morrison's beautiful paintings tell the inspiring life and history of George Washington Carver, from a baby born into slavery to celebrated botanist, scientist, and inventor. His passion and determination are the seeds to this lasting story about triumph over hardship--a tale that begins in a secret garden.
Call Number: E Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Doreen Rappaport, Linda Kukuk
Description: "A picturebook biography of Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Rap
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Kirsten W. Larson, Tracy Subisak
Description: "Emma Lilian Todd's mind was always soaring--she loved to solve problems. Lilian tinkered and fiddled with all sorts of objects, turning dreams into useful inventions. As a child, she took apart and reassembled clocks to figure out how they worked. As an adult, typing up patents at the U.S. Patent Office, Lilian built the inventions in her mind, including many designs for flying machines. However, they all seemed too impractical. Lilian knew she could design one that worked. She took inspiration from both nature and her many failures, driving herself to perfect the design that would eventually successfully fly." -- amazon.com.
Call Number: E Lar
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
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