Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - biographies in my pile - 4.29.2020

Wednesdays I join Alyson Beecher from kidlitfrenzy and other
#kidlit bloggers to share wonderful nonfiction picture books.
The intention of today's blog post is to give professionals that work in the
education field new nonfiction reading material and ideas to use 
with students to promote a love of reading nonfiction materials.

I have a few picture book biographies to share with you this week!

Pride by Rob    Sanders
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
written by Rob Sanders
illustrated by Steven Salerno
Love this biography.  I really had no idea where the origins of the rainbow flag were and who started it.  Nor had I heard of Harvey Milk before.  This biography gives you a perfect snapshot of this part of Milk's life.  My absolute favorite illustration and photograph is the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling that gay couples have the right to get married!

Fly High, John Glenn by Kathleen Krull
Fly High, John Glenn: They Story of an American Hero
written by Kathleen Krull
illustrated by Maurizio A.C. Quarello
Such a well done biography about John Glenn.  It seems like I know pieces of his life, but this one really gave a great picture of who he was and his strong ideals.  A longer picture book to read out loud, I can see taking days to absorb and reflect on the information.  Definitely a book to add to your collection.

Leave It to Abigail! by Barb Rosenstock
Leave It to Abigail! The Revolutionary Life of Abigail Adams
written by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
Rosenstock absolutely captured the spunk of Abigail Adams.  Someone who didn't succumb to the gender roles of her time.  She was an example to women in the past and women now.  She was someone who knew what needed to be done, she multi-tasked, rolled up her sleeves, and got it done!

Dream Builder by Kelly Starling Lyons
Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon
written by Kelly Starling Lyons
illustrated by Laura Freeman
If you have been to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, you know the beauty and power of it.  The building itself is a wonder to just see.  Inside, is full of information and emotion that few museums can invoke.  This is the story behind the architect of record of this majestic building, Phil Freelon.  
Author Kelly Starling Lyons tells us the story of a young Phil, who can create art and grasp mathematical and scientific content, but has a more difficult time reading.  A young Phil who learns from his grandfather to understand and listen to his inner artist's eye.  A young Phil who grew up during the Civil Rights period and heard Martin Luther King Jr. give his legendary speech.  Phil, who knew the importance of honoring those who came before him yet giving opportunities to those who were still learning.  And ultimately learning how Phil took all he knew and collaborated with others to create this mighty, mighty building.

I found a few new biographies to add to our school and classroom library, did you?

* Looking to find one of the books in this post?  Click on the book title and you will be taken to an online link for Brain Lair Books.  The books will stay on the link for approx. three weeks before making room for new reads.  Please support independent bookstores.*

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