Tag Archives: biography

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

By Monica Brown
Illustrated by Julie Pashkis
Published by Henry Holt and Company, 2011
Neftali loved words and surrounded himself with words from a young age. His father disapproved of his writing and so he started publishing his work under then name Pablo Neruda at the age of 16. He wrote about the people of Chile and their struggles.
Great for middle and high school English classes when studying poetry. This beautiful book uses the words in his poetry to illustrate the book in a marvelous way.
Awards: Kirkus Starred Review, 2012 Annual Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book
Accessed: Augusta County Library

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

A River of Words

The Story of William Carlos Williams
By Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Published by Eerdmans Books, 2008
When Willie Williams was growing up, he loved words and writing poetry. However, he needed a way to make a living, so he became a family doctor and practiced medicine for 40 years. All during that time, though, he never stopped writing. This is the story of William Carlos Williams– doctor, poet, and legend.
Great for middle and high school English class! I bought a copy for my own middle school classroom. WCW is studied, and it will be nice to have an additional resource for poetry units.
Awards: Caldecott Honor
Accessed: Augusta County Library

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Mermaid Queen

by Shana Corey

Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Published by Scholastic Press, 2009

Annette Kellerman was a girl who, in the early 1900’s, changed swimming forever.  She was born unable to walk, but she could swim.  Soon she was winning races and setting records.  She also loved to dance in the water, and she pioneered female aquatics as well as swim suits that were not heavy and cumbersome.  She made waves– both literally and figuratively– and paved the way for female athletes that followed.

Another great biography about a female pioneer– great for preliminary research or just as a good read for late elementary students.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Me…Jane

By Patrick McDonnell

Published by Little, Brown and Company, 2011

As a small child, Jane Goodall had a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee, and she took him everywhere with her.  She also loved spending time outside.  She dreamed of being like Jane in Tarzan of the Apes, who lived in the jungles of Africa.  As she grew up she continued to pursue her dream.  We all know Jane Goodall’s legacy of speaking out for the animals who live there, particularly the chimpanzees.

Great biographical sketch of Jane Goodall’s childhood to introduce a research project or a biology project on primates.

Awards: 

A 2012 Caldecott Honor Book
A Charlotte Zolotow Award Winner
Horn Book Fanfare Book
New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book
New York Times Notable Children’s Book
Booklist Editor’s Choice Book
Kirkus Reviews Best Book

A Kids’ Indie Next List Book

A 2011 Bank Street College Children’s Book Committee Outstanding Book

A University of Wisconsin-Madison CCBC 2012 Children’s Choices Book

A Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Book
A National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Winner
A Booklinks Lasting Connections Book
 
Accessed: Augusta County Library

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

What to Do about Alice?

By Barbara Kerley

Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Published by Scholastic Press, 2008

Theodore Roosevelt was a force of nature in his own right in is time.  However, his daughter Alice was a force that even he didn’t know how to handle.  Alice always did her own thing and didn’t care what anyone else thought. She shocked the world with her antics and made inroads all over the world.  As she shocked the public, she also wooed them, and they loved her.  

An entertaining biography for readers looking for nonfiction materials for research in younger grades. Also a great introduction to another side of a prominent political figure in our nation’s history.

Awards: Booklist, Kirkus, and School Library Journal Starred Reviews

Accessed: Augusta County Library

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Through Georgia’s Eyes

By Rachel Rodriguez

Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Published by Henry Holt and Company 2006

This biographical sketch of Georgia O’Keefe, famous American artist, is itself a poetic and artistic look at how O’Keefe viewed the world.  She was drawn to the outdoors and the shapes and colors she saw there.  Eventually she moved to the desert to work, and to this day we are moved by her artistry.

A great beginning to a look at biographies, or a look at a particular artist for an art class.

Awards: Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year 

Accessed: Augusta County Library

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Balloons over Broadway

The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

By Melissa Sweet

Published by Houghton Mifflin 2011

Tony Sarg was a marionette puppeteer, and was famous for his work.  Macy’s Department Store originally had him design window displays for their New York store.  As Macy’s developed their Thanksgiving Day parades, they solicited Sarg for his help.  First, he designed large puppets on poles, but they were still difficult for everyone to see, because the parade-goers were so numerous.  Finally, he teamed up with blimp makers to create the gigantic balloons we’re familiar with today, filled with helium and tethered with strings.  They were a hit, and have been an integral part of the parade ever since.

A terrific history book about a person integral to our culture today.  A great seasonal book for Thanksgiving time, and a good recommendation for students who like biographical reading.

Awards: A Junior Library Guild Selection

2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner

Winner of the 2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award

Accessed: Augusta County Library

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized