memoirs

 

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

In this graphic novel-style biography, discover how Annie Sullivan, who was visually impaired herself, bridged the seemingly insurmountable communication gulf for the deaf and blind Helen Keller. The dynamic interplay between words and images conveys how someone could learn to communicate without access to either.

Also available in: audiobook

Sonia's dream of becoming an actress keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions - Maria from Sesame Street.

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

This book presents humorous anecdotes from the author's childhood, including summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school. You may also be interested in his quirky writings.

Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and later immigrated to Canada.  This book is part of Michel's effort to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world.

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

This book for young readers tells the story of Washington, D.C. through the story of an African American man, Michael Shiner.  Shiner lived there from approximately 1804 to 1880 and kept a journal, excerpts of which are interspersed throughout this book's heavily illustrated text.

This autobiography describes the author's artistic life, including the creative processes he uses in the studio and his struggles with his disabilities. There is also a self-portrait mix-and-match section, with divided pages to flip, that demonstrates his techniques and images.

 

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.

 

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

When the Beatles burst onto the music scene in the early 1960s, they were just four unknown lads from Liverpool. But soon their off-the-charts talent and offbeat humor made them the most famous band on both sides of the Atlantic. Explore the phenomenal rise of Beatlemania in this book, and listen to some of their tunes through Hoopla.

In this autobiography, Cunxin Li describes how, despite being born into extreme poverty in Mao's China, he was able to achieve an amazing career as a ballet dancer in the West through through happenstance, determination and talent.

 

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

This inspirational tribute to Anne Frank describes how, after being deprived of the outdoors for years, she found hope and courage while hiding in the secret annex by glimpsing the branches of a tall chestnut tree through an attic window.

This biography of astronomer Annie Jump Cannon describes how she helped develop the system for classifying the temperature of stars. Other astronomers of interest include: Henrietta Leavitt, Galileo, and Eratosthenes.

 

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."

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz

Learn about a a young boy with a speech impediment, who overcame his difficulties by working with animals.

eLectrified Running

Book Group Choices August 2012

Don't let your book group miss these:

The tenderness of wolves: a novel by Stef Penney

A three dog life by Abigail Thomas

Moral disorder: stories by Margaret Atwood

The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander

Five skies by Ron Carlson

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