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Biography Suggestions by Grade

Looking for fascinating stories about real people? Explore the following list for some suggestions.

Kindergarten

Henri's scissors by Jeanette Winter — The story of how Henri Matisse changed from sketching to making cut-out creations.

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson — A lesser-known singer from the Harlem Renaissance, Florence Mills' story is told here.

Daredevil: the daring life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy — Looking for more variety in your stories about achievements in aviation?

The quite contrary man: a true American tale by Patricia Rusch Hyatt ; illustrated by Kathryn Brown — Breaking the law by growing a beard? A contrary (and interesting) man, indeed!

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Mary Azarian — A Caldecott-winning biography about a curious nature photographer.

reading levels for kids

A lot of people think that it's important or positive for a child to read "above grade level", but does it really matter? Is it even good for a child to read books that were intended for an older audience? Many literacy experts believe that it doesn't matter, and that it isn't necessarily good - a child should read books that make for a pleasurable, positive reading experience.