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Here are some easy reading biographies for kids!


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
Megan Hoyt, Iacopo Bruno
Description: Gino Bartali pedaled across Italy for years, winning one cycling race after another, including the 1938 Tour de France. Gino became an international sports hero! But the next year, World War II began, and it changed everything. Soldiers marched into Italy. Tanks rolled down the cobbled streets of Florence. And powerful leaders declared that Jewish people should be arrested. To the entire world, Gino Bartali was merely a champion cyclist. But Gino's greatest achievement was something he never told a soul--that he secretly worked with the Italian resistance to save hundreds of Jewish men, women, and children, and others, from certain death, using the one thing no authority would question: his bicycle.
Call Number: E Hoy
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
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: Mar 31, 2021
Dave McGillivray, Nancy Feehrer, illustrator Shululu (Hui Li)
Description: "Finish Strong: Seven Marathons on Seven Continents in Seven Days is the inspiring true story of Dave McGillivray's epic marathon experience! In 2018, McGillivray formed a team called "Hold the Plane" to enter the World Marathon Challenge. The first stop was a desert. And not the kind of desert that has lots of sand and cacti. No, the first marathon took place in Antarctica! From there, Team Hold the Plane flew to Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Lisbon, Portugal; Cartagena, Columbia; and finally, Miami, Florida, United States!"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Erin McGill
Description: "A clever, funny, and informative look at the pets--from Calvin Coolidge's wallaby to Teddy Roosevelt's flying squirrels--that have passed through the White House gates."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Suzanne Slade, Elisa Paganelli
Description: "Scientist June Almeida's skill in using the electron microscope helped identify viruses, and when she was 34 years old, she discovered the first human coronavirus"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Sla
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Amy Guglielmo, Brett Helquist
Description: "Salvador Dalí struggles to follow the rules and fit in with his peers, until one day he realizes that artists can be and do anything they like. This realization gives him the freedom to truly be himself"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Gug
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Elizabeth Spires, Emily Arnold McCully
Description: "When Kate Kaird immigrated with her young son Jacob from Germany to America in 1882, she couldn't have predicted the surprising turn her life would take. She soon met and married John Walker, keeper of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. They moved to Robbins Reef Lighthouse in New York Harbor in 1885 and she became assistant keeper. At first Kate wondered if she could live in such a lonely place, but she gradually grew to love life at Robbins Reef. When her husband died several years later, she was determined to stay on. After convincing the Lighthouse Board that she could do the job alone, Kate was appointed permanent keeper of the lighthouse, becoming one of the first women on the Eastern seaboard to be put in charge of an offshore lighthouse. She lived there 34 years and was known for her many rescues." -- Amazon.com.
Call Number: E Spi
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Tracy Maurer, Ginnie Hsu
Description: "A lively picture book biography of Lady Bird Johnson, with a focus on her environmentalist passion and legacy as First Lady"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Mau
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Karin Hepburn Ferrer, Dominique Corbasson, François Avril
Description: "Meet Audrey Hepburn as you've never seen her before in Little Audrey's Daydream: The Life of Audrey Hepburn, an empowering children's book by her son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Karin Hepburn Ferrer. Little Audrey's Daydream tells the story of Audrey Hepburn's life from her own perspective as a child growing up in Belgium and Holland, and into her adult life as an actress, mother, and humanitarian. Little Audrey's Daydream is an essential addition to the library of all Audrey Hepburn fans and a beautiful introduction to the life of Audrey Hepburn for children." -- Amazon.com
Call Number: E Fer
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Ma Isabel (María Isabel) Sánchez Vegara, Pauline Morgan
Description: Discover the life of Megan Rapinoe, the world record-breaking footballer and activist. Chasing a ball in the school playground, Megan discovered her calling at a young age. Even if she didn't always fit in at school, she was a star on the field- and her teammates thought so too. Her passion, skill and leadership took Team USA to Olympic Gold and a World Cup victory, while she continues to champion women's and LGBTQ+ rights and representation in sport.
Call Number: E San
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Peter Sís
Description: "In 1938, twenty-nine-year-old Nicholas Winton saved the lives of almost 700 children trapped in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia-a story he never told and that remained unknown until an unforgettable TV appearance in the 1980s reunited him with some of the children he saved. Czech-American artist, MacArthur Fellow, and Andersen Award winner Peter Sís dramatizes Winton's story in this distinctive and deeply personal picture book. He intertwines Nicky's efforts with the story of one of the children he saved-a young girl named Vera, whose family enlisted Nicky's aid when the Germans occupied their country."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Sis
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Sigal Samuel, Vali Mintzi
Description: Osnet, the world's first female rabbi, was born almost five hundred years ago, during a time when few girls were allowed to read. Her father was a great scholar whose house was filled with books, and she convinced him to teach her. She grew up to teach others, becoming a wise and famous scholar in her own right. -- adapted from inside front jacket flap and Amazon.com.
Call Number: E Sam
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Evan Griffith, Joanie Stone
Description: The biography of Jeanne Villepreux-Power, whose curiosity about undersea life led her to pioneer the use of glass tanks for research.
Call Number: E Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Kathryn Lasky, Julianna Swaney
Description: "Ever since Williamina Fleming was little she was curious, and her childhood fascination with light inspired her life's work. Mina became an astronomer in a time when women were discouraged from even looking through telescopes. Yet Mina believed that the universe, with its billions of stars, was a riddle--and she wanted to help solve it. Mina ultimately helped to create a map of the universe that paved the way for astronomers." -- Amazon.com.
Call Number: E Las
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Moira Rose Donohue, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman
Description: "Black American jazz drummer William Henry "Chick" Webb led one of the big bands of the swing era, earning him the nickname the "King of the Savoy.""-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Don
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Jill Heinerth, Jaime Kim
Description: "A picture book autobiography about Jill Heinerth's experiences as a female diver, exploring life under the water."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Hei
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Marcie Wessels, Beatriz Castro
Description: "A picture book biography of Ralph Baer, nicknamed "The Father of Videogames," which shows how a great inventor found a way to transform the early television set into a vehicle for gaming"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Wes
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Isabelle Marinov, Deborah Marcero
Description: "How many stars are in the sky? How did the universe begin? Where did it come from? This is the story of Edwin Hubble, a boy fascinated by the stars who surmounted many hurdles to follow his dreams of becoming an astronomer. Using the insights of great mathematicians and endlessly observing the sky, he succeeded in confirming two things that altered human life forever: that there are more galaxies than our own, and that the universe is always expanding. Hubble's message to us is to find peace in the vastness of the mystery surrounding us, and to be curious. "We do now know why we are born into the world," he said, "but we can try to find out what sort of world it is.""-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Julie Leung, Julie Kwon
Description: An inspiring picture book biography about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese American woman to fly for the US military.
Call Number: E Leu
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Heather Lang, Jana Christy
Description: "Meg Lowman was always fascinated by the natural world above her head. The colors, the branches, and, most of all, the leaves and mysterious organisms living there. As a scientist, Meg set out to climb up and investigate the rain forest tree canopies-- and to be the first scientist to do so. But she encountered challenge after challenge. Male teachers would not let her into their classrooms, the high canopy was difficult to get to, and worst of all, people were logging and clearing the forests. Meg never gave up or gave in. She studied, invented, and persevered, not only creating a future for herself as a scientist, but making sure that the rainforests had a future as well."-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: E Lan
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Tootie Nienow, Erika Medina
Description: Brought to life by Erika Medina's dynamic and joyful illustrations, There Goes Patti McGee! walks us through Patti first place win in the women's division of the 1964 National Skateboard Championship. She wowed the judges with with what would become her signature move--the rolling handstand. Inspiring and unapologetic, Patti McGee proves that anyone can skate.
Call Number: E Nie
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
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A Ben Of All Trades : The Most Inventive Boyhood Of Benjamin Franklin
Michael J. Rosen, Matt Tavares
E Ros
Nicky & Vera : A Quiet Hero Of The Holocaust And The Children He Rescued
Peter Sís
E Sis
Bartali's Bicycle : The True Story Of Gino Bartali, Italy's Secret Hero
Megan Hoyt, Iacopo Bruno
E Hoy
Osnat And Her Dove : The True Story Of The World's First Female Rabbi
Sigal Samuel, Vali Mintzi
E Sam
Dream Builder : The Story Of Architect Philip Freelon
Kelly Starling author Lyons, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman, Philip G. Freelon
E Lyo
Secrets Of The Sea : The Story Of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist
Evan Griffith, Joanie Stone
E Gri
Finish Strong : Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days
Dave McGillivray, Nancy Feehrer, illustrator Shululu (Hui Li)
E McG
She Caught The Light : Williamina Stevens Fleming : Astronomer
Kathryn Lasky, Julianna Swaney
E Las
If You Want A Friend In Washington
Erin McGill
E McG
Stompin' At The Savoy : How Chick Webb Became The King Of Drums
Moira Rose Donohue, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman
E Don
June Almeida, Virus Detective! : The Woman Who Discovered The First Human Coronavirus
Suzanne Slade, Elisa Paganelli
E Sla
The Aquanaut
Jill Heinerth, Jaime Kim
E Hei
Just Being Dalí : The Story Of Artist Salvador Dalí
Amy Guglielmo, Brett Helquist
E Gug
The Boy Who Thought Outside The Box : The Story Of Video Game Inventor Ralph Baer
Marcie Wessels, Beatriz Castro
E Wes
Kate's Light : Kate Walker At Robbins Reef Lighthouse
Elizabeth Spires, Emily Arnold McCully
E Spi
The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars : A Life Of Edwin Hubble
Isabelle Marinov, Deborah Marcero
E Mar
Lady Bird Johnson, That's Who! : The Story Of A Cleaner And Greener America
Tracy Maurer, Ginnie Hsu
E Mau
The Fearless Flights Of Hazel Ying Lee
Julie Leung, Julie Kwon
E Leu
Little Audrey's Daydream : The Life Of Audrey Hepburn
Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Karin Hepburn Ferrer, Dominique Corbasson, François Avril
E Fer
The Leaf Detective : How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets In The Rainforest
Heather Lang, Jana Christy
E Lan
Megan Rapinoe
Ma Isabel (María Isabel) Sánchez Vegara, Pauline Morgan
E San
There Goes Patti Mcgee! : The Story Of The First Woman's National Skateboard Champion
Tootie Nienow, Erika Medina
E Nie