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Suggested Biographies for Third Grade


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

This illustrated telling of the story of Ada Byron Lovelace chronicles her early creative fascination with mathematics and science, her devastating bout with measles, and the ground-breaking algorithm she wrote for Charles Babbage's analytical engine.

This picture-book biography explains how Farnsworth held on to his dream to develop television and the scientific concepts behind it.

El Deafo by Cece Bell

The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

Explore the life of the Mexican artist, who became famous for his drawings of skeletons in multiple everyday poses which have become identified with the Mexican Day of the Dead.

This powerful, poignant, and exquisitely illustrated memoir is the story of one of our most beloved children's illustrators (and Caldecott Medal winner) and the house his father built.

Ira's Shakespeare Dream by Glenda Armand

This biography chronicles the life of Ira Aldridge, an African American actor who is considered to be one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century.

This account of the life of the eccentric ceramics artist traces his youth against a backdrop of the Civil War and political unrest in Biloxi, Mississippi, his creation of thousands of unconventional pots, vases and sculptures, and the remarkable trove discovered after his death that revealed the uniqueness of his talent.

Learn about the life and accomplishments of the first female doctor in the United States who served on the Union side in the Civil War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service.

Shackleton's Journey by William Grill

This visual narrative of Ernest Shackleton's voyage to Antarctica reveals how his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in ice, and how this forced the crew on a desperate trek to seek rescue.