Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I recently read a wonderful biography for children that made me think about children reading good biographies. Imaginative as children are, there are times when they prefer to turn to facts. I find that facts are the essence of biographies, revealing the truth of history with more drama than it is possible to convey in most other nonfiction books.

Biographies tell of real people and real events, and may encourage imitation while depicting the difficulties and achievements of others. Because of their reality, biographies can help clarify and focus youthful ambition.

When my son was in 4th or 5th grade, he read the 'Gerrard Discovery Biography' series during his summer vacation. They were interesting and well written. Each volume gave a different impression and a new perspective on a famous person's life.

One biography or memoir I recommend often is 'My Thirteenth Winter', by Samantha Abeel. Samantha Abeel tells her own story of being diagnosed and living with a learning disability in spite of being incredibly gifted in most other areas like creative writing and poerty. I would like to recommend this book for 5th grade or older students.

We have impressive BIOGRAPHY collection that offers titles from social reformers and presidents to inventors and more. Please check the area and find someone your child might like to read about.  If you don't find what you are looking for, feel free to ask!

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