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Biography Picture Books

Everyone, even we adults, can enjoy reading a good picture book. The older students can benefit from books such as biography picture books. They can get the same background knowledge from a picture book as they get from an encyclopedia and have a lot more fun while reading. A picture book speaks to our visual sense and our hearing sense.

I would like to encourage you to try these books with your older students. Let them choose what they want to read from a wide variety of books. For instance in the book Young Pele: Soccer’s First Star, I found this story extremely interesting, not because I love soccer, but because of the way he learned to play.

Here are some picture book biographies for older readers, Biographies tell the story behind the making of a famous person as well as the history from that time period.

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

by Rita Lorraine Hubbard,

illustrated by One Mora

Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation's oldest student who did just that, in this picture book.

Link to purchase

Young Pelé: Soccer's First Star

by Cline-Ransome, Lesa,

illustrated by James Ransome

Here is the story of the boy who with great determination, lightning speed, and amazing skill overcame tremendous odds to become the world champion soccer star Pelé.

The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss

by Kathleen Krull

illustrated by Steve Johnson

This is the first picture book biography of Dr. Seuss, written especially for his young fans who want to know what made him tick.

It Began with a Page: How Kyo Fujikawa Drew the Way

by Kyo Maclear,

illustrated by Julie Morstad

An elegant picture book biography that portrays the most moving moments in the life of Gyo Fujikawa, a groundbreaking Japanese American hero in the fight for racial diversity in picture books.

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau

by Jennifer Berne,

illustrated by EricPuybaret

Jacques Cousteau grew up to become a champion of the seas and one of the best-known oceanographers in the world. In this lovely biography, poetic text and gorgeous paintings come together to create a portrait of Cousteau that is as magical as it is inspiring.

Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt

by Don Brown

It is a story of the early years of Theodore Roosevelt, the youngest president of the United States.

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White

by Barbara Herkert,

illustrated by Lauren Castillo

A lyrical biography of E. B. White, beloved author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little

Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books

by Michelle Markel,

illustrated by Nancy Carpenter,

This rollicking and fascinating picture book biography chronicles the life of the first pioneer of children's books John Newbery himself.

Finding Winnie: The True Story fo the World’s Most Famous Bear

by Lindsay Mattick,

illustrated by Sophie Blackall

A #1 New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the Caldecott Medal about the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey-behind Winnie-the- Pooh

Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story

by Marc Tyler Nobleman,

illustrated by Iwai Melissa

In this important and moving true story of reconciliation after war, beautifully illustrated in watercolor, a Japanese pilot bombs the continental U.S. during WWII--the only enemy ever to do so--and comes back 20 years later to apologize.

If you chick the link for any books above it directs you to Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.

The other day my publicist and I went to visit Rediscover Books store, in Boise Idaho, What a great selection owner Laura Delaney has accumulated for your every book needs. We love supporting our local books sellers. And is the best way to do that and still have it come directly to your door step.

For me, you will see my shop Jylene Morgan, Author, however. if you want to support your local book store. You can select “find a bookstore' and search for your city. For example if you are in:

  • Boise, Idaho you will find Rediscover Books

  • McCall , Idaho you will find The Barn Owl Books and Gifts in McCall, ID

  • Blackfoot, Idaho will send you to The Book Shelf, Idaho Falls, ID

  • Playa Del Rey you might have to look at Marina del Rey and it might point you to Small World Books Venice, CA 90291, USA

What a great way to still buy online but support your local Independent Book Store.

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Notes about me:

Jylene Morgan is a retired educator. She is passionate about the importance of reading aloud to children from top quality children’s books. Writing about her life experiences she captivates her audience by telling the tales of her family’s adventures. The first several books are written about funny exchanges that occur when human and wild animal’s lives come together.

To read more about me, my passion for reading aloud to children and my books go to Make sure you join our mailing list so you receive Jylene's "Most Treasured Books List". Books by Jylene Morgan are available fully distributed, check out your local book store, Amazon, or


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