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The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn
by Robert Burleigh
Who better to tell the tale of the life of Mark Twain than Huckleberry Finn? True to Huck's voice, this picture book biography is a riverboat ride through the life of a real American treasure. 
Big George: How A Shy Boy Became President Washington
by Anne Rockwell
A boy from Virginia becomes the first President. But before he was the face on the dollar bill, George Washington was a shy boy with a hot temper. 
Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson
by Charles Smith
Art and poetry combine to tell the story of boxer Jack Johnson, who became the first African-American world heavyweight-boxing champion in the early part of the twentieth century. 
Emma's Poem
by Linda Glaser
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…Who wrote these words? And why? In 1883, Emma Lazarus, deeply moved by an influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe, wrote a sonnet that was to give voice to the Statue of Liberty. 
Fearless
by Barbara Rosenstock
When Louise Smith started racing cars, most girls weren’t even allowed to drive. From her first wild adventure behind the wheel of her daddy’s Ford to the dangers and thrills of stock-car tracks across the country, Louise fearlessly paved the way for women in racing and became a NASCAR legend! 
Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow
by Gary Golio
Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, and an innovator. But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who love to draw and paint and listen to records. A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound? 
Lost Boy
by Jane Yolen
People around the world know the story of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up, but not many know the story of his creator, J.M. Barrie. 
Night Flight
by Robert Burleigh
An account of Amelia Earhart’s dangerous 1932 flight across the Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland to Ireland, in which she survived bad weather and a malfunctioning airplane. 
Odetta, The Queen of Folk
by Stephen Alcorn
Introduces young readers to Odetta, an American folk legend. Lyrical text and striking painting tell the story of the incredible singer whose life and works inspired such icons as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Tracy Chapman. 
A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez
by David Adler
Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to helping American farm workers. Young readers will be inspired by the fascinating life story of this champion of social justice. 
Queen of the Falls
by Chris Van Allsburg
At the turn of the nineteenth century, a retired sixty-two-year-old charm school instructor named Annie Edson Taylor, seeking fame and fortune, decided to do something that no one in the world had ever done before—she would go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. Come meet the Queen of the Falls and witness with your own eyes her daring ride! 
Seeds Of Change: Planting a Path to Peace
by Jen Cullerton Johnson
A picture book biography of scientist Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and first environmentalist to win a Nobel Peace Prize (2004), for her work planting trees in her native Kenya. 
She Loved Baseball
by Audrey Vernick
Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first –and only –woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 
She Sang Promise
by Jan Godown Annino
A lyrical biographical story of the life of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper: the first woman ever to be elected as a tribal leader of the Florida Seminole Tribe. 
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
by Roxane Orgill
Orgill and Qualls deliver a swinging biography of young Ella Fitzgerald who pushed through the toughest of times to become one of America's most beloved jazz singers. 
Soar, Elinor!
by Tami Lewis Brown
Brown and Roca tell the thrilling true story of legendary aviatrix Elinor Smith, who in 1928 pulled off a risky aeronautic feat skillfully and with style. 
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
A celebrated author-illustrator team tells the story of one of the most unique and courageous women in American history, Sojourner Truth, who worked relentlessly to end slavery and ensure freedom for all. 
Tillie The Terrible Swede
by Sue Stauffacher
A picture-book biography of the tailor turned bicycling champion, Tillie Anderson. Deemed unwomanly and referred to as the “Terrible Swede”, Tillie persevered in the field of bicycle racing. 
The Watcher
by Jeanette Winter
Acclaimed picture book biographer Jeanette Winter has found her perfect subject: Jane Goodall, the great observer of chimpanzees. Follow Jane from her childhood in London watching a robin on her windowsill, to her years in the African forests of Gombe, Tanzania. 
What Lincoln Said
by Sarah Thomson
The story of one of America’s most revered presidents –in his own words! 
This is just a sample of some of the great books in our collection. Ask a librarian for more suggestions!
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