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Suggested Biographies for Kindergarten

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

This introduction to the unconventional life of the eminent mathematician describes the phenomenal math talents he demonstrated from an early age while revealing how he was often stymied by everyday tasks.

Also available in: audiobook | e-video

This picture book introduction to the life of the mid-twentieth-century aviation and auto racing pioneer, describing her fascination with vehicles during childhood and the daring achievements that earned her the title "First Lady of Firsts."

The inspiring true story of Florence Mills chronicles her birth to former slaves, her discovery at an early age that she loved to sing, and how her sweet, bird-like voice catapulted her all the way to the stages of 1920s Broadway.  Additionally, readers will discover how she supported works by her fellow black performers while heralding a call for their civil rights.

Henri's Scissors by Jeanette Winter

This book describes the artist's early sketching hobby, famous paintings, and the illness that confined him to a wheelchair and inspired his sophisticated paper-cutout masterworks.

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
Also available in: audiobook | e-video

A young girl is curious about Abraham Lincoln and sets out to find out more about the life of the nation's sixteenth president.

Discover the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, who enjoyed her early childhood playing in the wilderness until civil war forced her family to leave for another country, allowing her to bring only her memories of her homeland.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Also available in: e-audiobook

This biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations won the Caldecott Medal in 1999.

In nineteenth-century New England, Joseph Palmer flouts the law against wearing a beard and is accused by his fellow citizens of being unpatriotic and sinful, and stubbornly refuses to shave even when he's sent to jail.

Uncover the true story of the nature pioneer and activist who, after becoming the first woman to earn a science degree from the University of California, took a teaching position in the desert region of San Diego and single-handedly launched a movement to transform the area with trees and gardens.

Also available in: audiobook | e-video

This illustrated biography of British primatologist Jane Goodall describes her childhood, the years she spent in the African forests to observe chimpanzees, and her efforts to protect and preserve primates and their habitats.