Title: Sons of Liberty Author: Felix Sutton Illustrator: Bill Barss Pages: 90 Recommended Ages: 8 & up Star Rating: ★★★★★ In Sons of Liberty, Felix Sutton (author of We Were There at Pearl Harbor) zooms in on the lives of five American patriots – Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, and Joseph Warren.
Title: Benito Juarez Author: Rae Bains Illustrator: Allen Davis Pages: 48 Recommended Ages: 7-10 Star Rating: ★★★ Apparently Benito Juarez is considered a ‘Hero of Modern Mexico’… which is rather embarrassing, considering I’d never heard of him before picking up this book. But what Benito Juarez gave me was a perfectly succinct account of his
Title: The Story of John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry Author: Zachary Kent Illustrator: Pages: 32 Recommended Ages: 8 & up Star Rating: ★★★★ It’s easy to think of the slavery conflict in America as an event that lasted from 1861 to 1865. But the truth is, racial discrimination was a hot topic long before
Title: Lewis and Clark Author: Matthew G. Grant Illustrator: John Keely & Don Pulver Pages: 32 Recommended Ages: Beginner Star Rating: ★★★ A very basic account of the Lewis and Clark journey, Lewis and Clark, covers just enough detail to leave its readers wanting to know more. For instance, the fact of the journey and
Title: Jesse Owens Author: Elizabeth West Pages: 24 Reading Level: 8-10 Star Rating: ★★★ I’d heard of Jesse Owens, of course, before I picked up this little twenty-four page biography. I knew that he was some sort of famous athlete from the 1900s, but I’ve never made a study of athletes, and have never been
Title: Anne Frank Author: Laura Tyler Illustrator: Gianni Renna Pages: 104 Recommended Ages: 9 & up Star Rating: ★★★★ Of all of the victims of that horror of the 1940s, the Holocaust, none is more well known than Anne Frank. Others – Corrie ten Boom and Elie Wiesel, most notably – are fairly famous, but
Title: Mozart Author: Wendy Lynch Pages: 24 Reading Level: Read Aloud / Beginner Star Rating: ★★★ Mozart is known far and wild as the child prodigy who gave us hundreds of sonatas, orchestras, and operas. In this book we meet him during his earliest performing days and follow him as he begins composing for a
Title: Wynton Marsalis Author: Anne Miranda Illustrator: James Seward Pages: 16 Reading Level: 8-10 Star Rating: ★★ In this short, sixteen page book, Anne Miranda explores the life of Wynton Marsalis, one of the greatest jazz artists to grace the twentieth century. She briefly traces his love of music from the moment of his birth
Title: Let’s Read About… Abraham Lincoln Author: Sonia Black Illustrator: Carol Heyer Pages: 32 Reading Level: Beginner / Read Aloud Star Rating: ★★★ This short biography includes basic facts from Lincoln’s life – his family’s early move to Indiana, his own education, his career as a lawyer and ascension to the role of President. States’
Title: Sending a Message with Dots and Dashes Author: Emily North Illustrator: Krysten Brooker Pages: 16 Reading Level: 7-8 Star Rating: ★★ In this slim beginning reader, we are given a very quick fly-by on the notion of communication – how it was first effected by runners in early civilizations, later by horses, and finally
Title: Lady Liberty Author: Doreen Rappaport Illustrator: Matt Tavares Pages: 40 Recommended Ages: 7 & up Star Rating: ★★★★ Lady Liberty. The imperious statue that towers over New York Harbor. The robe-draped form that stands as an emblem for truth and liberty. The figure we now unconsciously equate to the hopes and dreams of America.
Title; Seaman’s Journal Author: Patricia Reeder Eubank Pages: 32 Recommended Ages: 6 & up Star Rating: ★★★★★ I LOVE SEAMAN. There, I’ve said it. No human character has ever had the ability to worm their way into my heart as speedily and securely as animals do, and of all the animal characters I have loved,
Title: The Double Life of Pocahontas Author: Jean Fritz Pages: 96 Reading Level: 8-14 Star Rating: ★★ I’ve reviewed several biographies of Pocahontas, so I’ll not begin rehashing her life all over again. Instead I’ll offer a few thoughts on this particular book. I’ve always known that Jean Fritz is a saucy writer. Her books
Title: Space Heroes Author: James Buckley, Jr. Pages: 32 Recommended Ages: 5-7 Star Rating: ★★★★ In this DK reader, James Buckley, Jr. walks his readers through the exciting decades that hosted the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union. However, instead of merely showing us the chronology of the events, Space Heroes fittingly discusses
Title: Lost Star Author: Patricia Laubert Pages: 106 Recommended Ages: 8 & up Star Rating: ★★★★ Just about everyone’s heard of Amelia Earhart, darling aviatress of the 1900s. But I for one knew little about the real woman. This biography does a much better job of exploring Earhart’s life than Amelia Earhart which focused exclusively