5 Amazing Picture Book Biographies

Picture book biographies use colorful images to attract and educate children about the life of historical figures. Below are five picture book biographies that are sure to captivate your children.

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George Washington James Giblin Michael Dooling

1 - George Washington: A Picture Book Biography

Using colorful illustrations, James Giblin and Michael Dooling have created a fun and informative read about our nation's first president. The book depicts the life of Washington from his youth on a farm in Virginia through his retirement on Mount Vernon. Giblin colloquially conveys how Washington didn't want to leave his home to lead the country to war against England, but did so because he felt it was his patriotic duty.

Amelia Earhart David Adler Jeff Fisher

2 - A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart

David Adler and Jeff Fisher authored and illustrated A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart for kids in grades 2-5. The book describes Earhart as a young tomboy who fired rifles and made a makeshift roller coaster using fence rails. Adler recounts how Earhart survived multiple crash landings before flying across the Atlantic Ocean. Young readers are bound to enjoy the story about one of our nation's most courageous aviators.

Sandra Day O

3 - Finding Susie

Finding Susie is Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's autobiographical account of her comically funny quest to find a pet. O'Connor describes how she tried more than a few times to domesticate wild animals - even a bobcat - before finally getting a dog named Susie. Written for children aged 4-8, this book will captivate any child who has wanted a pet and offers a lighter side about how one of the most famous Supreme Court Justices was raised.

Jacques Cousteau Dan Yaccarino

4 - The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau

Any child who loves nature, the ocean or marine life like dolphins and whales will love The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau. Dan Yaccarino is able to draw children in with easy-to-understand language and amazing depictions. Kids aged 5-8 will enjoy both the underwater illustrations and learning about this marine explorer.

Mozart Diane Stanley

5 - Mozart: The Wonder Child

Diane Stanley introduces kids to Mozart in three illustrated acts. Using funny dialogue, Stanley brings out the child in Mozart that kids in grades 2-5 will find funny. Stanley then goes on to describe Mozart's life as a young man and finally as a husband and father. Children with an interest in music will find this book to be amusing and informative.

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