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Native American Biographies

In honor of Native American Heritage Month check out some of the biographies of notable First Americans from the Library's collection, or go to this list for more information.

Tecumseh: a life by John Sugden

Sacajawea by [by] Harold P. Howard

Chief Joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce: the untold story of an American tragedy by Kent Nerburn

Crazy Horse: a Lakota life by Kingsley M. Bray

Pocahontas by Grace Steele Woodward

Native American Heritage Month

birdIn 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared the month of November as "National American Indian Heritage Month", which has come to be commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. By either name it is a time of "recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S." The Library's collection is a great place to look for materials about Native Americans and their place in our country's history.

500 nations: an illustrated history of North American Indians by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. ; based on a documentary filmscript by Jack Leustig, Roberta Grossman, Lee Miller, and William Morgan with contributions by John M.D. Pohl

The Cambridge history of the native peoples of the Americas

Daily life of Native Americans from post-Columbian through nineteenth-century America by Alice Nash and Christoph Strobel

Curtains Up! Biographies

Earn your Curtains Up! badge by reading about one of these authors, actors, journalists, artists, or musicians.

George Harrison: behind the locked door by Graeme Thomson

A fine romance by Candice Bergen

Young Eliot: from St. Louis to The waste land by Robert Crawford

A complex fate: William L. Shirer and the American century by Ken Cuthbertson

It's a long story: my life by Willie Nelson with David Ritz

Words without music: a memoir by Philip Glass

Sports Biographies

Billy Martin: baseball's flawed genius by Bill Pennington

The closer by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey

Every day I fight by Stuart Scott ; with Larry Platt

The last cowboy: a life of Tom Landry by Mark Ribowsky

The life and career of David Beckham: football legend, cultural icon by Tracey Savell Reavis

Made in America by Chris Chelios, with Kevin Allen ; forword by Wayne Gretzky

Mr. Hockey: my story by Gordie Howe ; foreword by Bobby Orr

Biography Suggestions for Sixth Grade

Reading about real people can fun, exciting, and inspiring. Here are just a few of the people featured in our JBIO section. Recommendations might be interesting to more than just sixth graders!

The seventeenth child by Dorothy Marie Rice & Lucille Mabel Walthall Payne

The many faces of George Washington: remaking a presidential icon by Carla Killough McClafferty

Annie Sullivan and the trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert; with an introduction by TK

Leaving China: an artist paints his World War II childhood by James McMullan

Everybody paints!: the lives and art of the Wyeth family by Susan Goldman Rubin

The Doctor is In: Biographies

Audie Award-Winning Audiobooks

Artists on Film

The best offer [videodisc] by produced by Isabella Cocuzza, Arturo Paglia ; written & directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

My mother's smile [videodisc] by New Yorker Films presents a film with Filmalbatros and Rai Cinema

Lust for life [videodisc] by Metro Goldwyn Mayer

The mill & the cross [videodisc] by Kino Lorber presents ; an Angelus Silesius production ; written by Michael Francis Gibson & Lech Majewski ; directed and produced by Lech Majewski

Frida [videodisc] by Miramax Films presents in association with Margaret Rose Perenchio a Ventanarose production in association with Lions Gate Films, a film by Julie Taymor

Artist Biographies

A life of Picasso. Volume 3, 1917-1932 by John Richardson ; with the collaboration of Marilyn McCully

Van Gogh: the life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Andy Warhol by Wayne Koestenbaum

Leonardo da Vinci: flights of the mind by Charles Nicholl

Michelangelo: a biography by George Bull

The unknown Matisse: a life of Henri Matisse, the early years, 1869-1908 by Hilary Spurling

Classic Actor Biographies

The Artists: Picture Book Biographies

Read about your favorite artists and creative types. Get inspired this summer to be creative yourself!

Gordon Parks: how the photographer captured black and white America by Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrations by Jamey Christoph

Draw what you see: the life and art of Benny Andrews by Kathleen Benson ; illustrated with paintings by Benny Andrews

A home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley ; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Edward Hopper paints his world by Robert Burleigh ; paintings by Wendell Minor

The noisy paint box: the colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art by Barb Rosenstock ; illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood: Michigan People

True stories about people with a connection to Michigan. For more stories about real people, try our JBIO collection.

Little Stevie Wonder by Quincy Troupe ; illustrated by Lisa Cohen

Tim Allen by Terri Dougherty

Malcolm Little: the boy who grew up to become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz ; illustrated by AG Ford

Henry Ford by Steven Roberts ; [illustrations, Planman Technologies]

People Around the World: Biographies

These biographies offer only a glimpse into the countries they are from, but might open a window into a new place for you. Please enjoy your travels! If you need to see where all these lands are located, check the globe behind the Children's Reference Desk, or ask a librarian for help.


Hamid Karzai by Viqi Wagner


Lewis Tewanima: born to run by Sharon K. Solomon ; illustrated by Lisa Fields


Shackleton's journey by William Grill


Who's Who in Sports

Joltin' Joe DiMaggio by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by James E. Ransome

The boy in number four by Kara Kootstra ; illustrated by Regan Thomson ; with an afterword by Bobby Orr

Lewis Tewanima: born to run by Sharon K. Solomon ; illustrated by Lisa Fields

Silent star: the story of deaf major leaguer William Hoy by Bill Wise ; pictures by Adam Gustavson

Lipman Pike: America's first home run king by Richard Michelson ; and illustrated by Zachary Pullen

People of Literature

Ever wonder about the authors and illustrators behind your favorite stories? Or the reporters behind the news? These biographies tell of fascinating lives and in some cases, the real-life inspiration behind the writing.

A home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley ; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham