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King of the Mild Frontier

by Chris Crutcher Greenwillow Books (September 22, 2009)

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

A riveting, scorching—and hilarious—autobiography by the award-winning author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes and Deadline...

Finding Narnia

by Caroline McAlister & Jessica Lanan Roaring Brook Press (November 18, 2019)

Finding Narnia is Caroline McAlister and Jessica Lanan's captivating picture book biography of two brothers, Jack and Warnie Lewis, whose rich imaginations led to the creation of the magical world of Narnia....

John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien

by Caroline McAlister & Eliza Wheeler Roaring Brook Press (March 20, 2017)

A captivating picture book biography of a boy who imagined a world full of dragons and grew up to be beloved author J. R. R. Tolkien.

John Ronald loved dragons. He liked to imagine dragons when he was alone,...

Papa Is a Poet

by Natalie S. Bober & Rebecca Gibbon Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (October 14, 2013)

Papa Is a Poet: is a picture book about the famous American poet Robert Frost, imagined through the eyes of his daughter Lesley.

When Robert Frost was a child, his family thought he would grow up to be a baseball...

W Is For Webster

by Tracey Fern & Boris Kulikov Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (November 09, 2015)

From an early age, Noah Webster was an odd fellow who liked to talk big and loved learning. He thought America needed its own national language and knew he was just the man to create it. He started with a speller,...

Someone Like Me

by Patricia Maclachlan & Chris Sheban Roaring Brook Press (July 02, 2017)

If you were a little girl

who listened to stories

over and over and over;

and who read books

every night,

every day,

even as her mother led her across the street,

You might be me,

a writer.

Follow a little girl in acclaimed...

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider--The Story of E. B. White

by Barbara Herkert & Lauren Castillo Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (October 23, 2017)

A lyrical biography of E. B. White, beloved author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, written by Barbara Herkert and illustrated by Caldecott honoree Lauren Castillo.

When young Elwyn White lay in bed as a...

The Pilot and the Little Prince

by Peter Sís Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 26, 2014)

Peter Sís's remarkable biography The Pilot and the Little Prince celebrates the author of The Little Prince, one of the most beloved books in the world.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in France in 1900,...

Brave Jane Austen

by Lisa Pliscou & Jen Corace Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (January 29, 2018)

Brave Jane Austen, a picture book biography of the groundbreaking female novelist. Perfect for Women's History Month.

Born in the late 1700s, Jane Austen was a smart, creative girl in a house full of boys, all...

No Map, Great Trip: A Young Writer's Road to Page One

by Paul Fleischman & Andrew Eiden Greenwillow Books (October 08, 2019)

Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman reflects on his childhood with his award-winning father, Sid Fleischman, and details his own path to becoming a writer in this memorable book that is part memoir, part travelogue,...

Little Legends

by Vashti Harrison, Cary Hite, J. D. Jackson & Kwesi Johnson Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 19, 2019)

New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history.

An important book for readers of all ages, this engagingly written volume brings to life...

O Captain, My Captain

by Robert Burleigh & Sterling Hundley Abrams Books for Young Readers (April 01, 2019)

Dramatic, lyrical, and beautifully illustrated, O Captain, My Captain tells the story of one of America's greatest poets and how he was inspired by one of America's greatest presidents. Whitman and Lincoln...


by Suzanne Slade & Cozbi A. Cabrera Abrams Books for Young Readers (April 06, 2020)

A picture-book biography of celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize


Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) is known for her poems about "real life." She wrote about love,...

Groundbreaking Guys

Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters

by Charlotte Jones Voiklis & Léna Roy Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (February 05, 2018)

This middle-grade biography explores the life and works of Madeleine L'Engle --written by her granddaughters.

This elegant and insightful biography of Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was written by her granddaughters,...

Believing in Books: The Story of Lillian Smith

by Sydell Waxman Napoleon and Co (December 01, 2002)

This biography is the story of a child who took her love of childrens' books and found a way to share it with the world as she grew up. Her voice would be the first to carry the message of childrens' right to...

Little Author in the Big Woods

by Yona Zeldis Mcdonough & Jennifer Thermes Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (September 15, 2014)

Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don't always realize is that Wilder's books are autobiographical. This narrative biography...

Our Story Begins

by Elissa Brent Weissman, Kwame Alexander, Tom Angleberger & Kathi Appelt et al. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 04, 2017)

From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators--revealing young talent,...

John Green: Teen Whisperer

by Kathleen Deakin, Laura A. Brown & James Blasingame Jr. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 09, 2015)

This book examines the life and work of John Green, who in a very short time has established himself as one of the most successful authors of young adult novels. In addition to providing background material...

Dr. Seuss

by Kathleen Kudlinski & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (May 11, 2010)

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and the Florida Crackers

by Sandra Wallus Sammons Pineapple Press (June 01, 2010)

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings worked hard to become a published author, and her efforts finally paid off when she moved to Cross Creek and met the Florida Crackers.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Florida Everglades

by Dr Sandra Sammons Pineapple Press (June 01, 2010)

Marjory Stoneman Douglas is called “the Grandmother of the Everglades.” Read about her life from her childhood up north to her long and inspiring life in south Florida.

She arrived in Miami in 1915 from her...

Michael Morpurgo: War Child to War Horse

by Maggie Fergusson HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (September 12, 2013)

Discover the true life story of favourite storyteller Michael Morpurgo – a biography specially edited for children, and featuring seven original Morpurgo stories.

We are enchanted by Michael Morpurgo’s amazing...

The Poet Slave of Cuba

by Margarita Engle & Sean Qualls Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (January 12, 2015)

A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet.

Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman...