The Period Before the American Revolution
Fritz, Jean. (1983). The double life of Pocahontas. New York :
Putnam. 921 P75
A biography of the famous American Indian princess, emphasizing her
life-long adulation of John Smith and the roles she played in two very
Poole, Josephine. (1998). Joan of Arc. New York : Knopf. 921 J433PO
A biography of the fifteenth-century peasant girl who led a French
army to victory against the English, witnessed the crowning of King
Charles VII, and was later burned at the stake for witchcraft.
Stanley, Diane. (1998). Joan of Arc. New York : Morrow Junior
Books. 921 J433S
A biography of the fifteenth-century peasant girl who led a French
army to victory against the English and was burned at the stake for
Rockwell, Anne. (2000). Only passing through: the story of Sojourner
Truth. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, : Distributed by Random House.
The story of Isabella, whom nobody wanted to buy when she was a child
but who turned out to be a brave, strong woman who spoke out against
the evils of slavery, Sojourner Truth.
Stanley, Diane. (1986). Peter the Great. New York : Four Winds
Press. 921 P442
A biography of the tsar who began the transformation of Russia into
a modern state in the late seventeenth-early eighteenth centuries.
Fritz, Jean. (1973). And then what happened, Paul Revere?. New
York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. 973.3 F919A
Describes some of the well-known as well as the lesser-known details
of Paul Revere's life and exciting ride.
Lawson, Robert. (1939). Ben and me; a new and astonishing life of
Benjamin Franklin as written by his good mouse, Amos, lately discovered.
Boston : Little, Brown and Company. INTR-FIC L425B
The story of Ben Franklin's adult life as told by his friend, a mouse,
who takes much of the credit for Ben's accomplishments.
Fritz, Jean. (1977). Can’t you make them behave ,
King George ? New
York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. 921 G293
A biography of the King of Great Britain at the time of the American
Schanzer, Rosalyn. (2004). George vs.
George : the
American Revolution as seen by both sides. Washington, DC : National
Geographic. 973.3 S299g
Explores how the characters and lives of King George III of England and George Washington
affected the progress and outcome of the American Revolution.
Aliki. (1988). The many lives of Benjamin Franklin. New York
: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. 921 F8313al
Recounts the story of Benjamin Franklin's life and his many activities
Fritz, Jean. (1974). Why don't you get a horse, Sam Adams? (Illustrated
by Trina Schart Hyman). New
York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. 921 A217F
A brief biography of Samuel Adams describing his activities in stirring
up the revolt against the British and how he was finally persuaded to
learn to ride a horse.
Fritz, Jean. (1982). Will you sign here, John Hancock?. New York
: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. 973.3 F919W
A biography of the first signer of the Declaration of Independence
outlining all that he did for himself as well as what he did for Massachusetts
and his new nation.
The Civil War
Hamilton, Virginia. (1988). Anthony Burns : the defeat and triumph
of a fugitive slave. New York : A.A. Knopf. 921 B937
A biography of the slave who escaped to Boston in 1854, was arrested
at the instigation of his owner, and whose trial caused a furor between
abolitionists and those determined to enforce the Fugitive Slave Acts.
Lawrence, Jacob. (1968). Harriet and the Promised Land. New York,
Windmill Books. 811 L4215H
Brief biography in verse about Harriet Tubman and her dedicated efforts
to lead her fellow slaves to freedom.
Freedman, Russell. (1987). Lincoln : a photobiography. New York,
N.Y. : Clarion Books. 921 L638
Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.
Lester, Julius. (1972). Long journey home; stories from Black history.
New York, Dial Press. INTR-FIC L6425L
Six stories crafted around the theme of freedom from slavery -- won
or lost or earned.
Hamilton, Virginia. (1993). Many thousand gone : African Americans
from slavery to freedom. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random
House. 973.7 H221M
Recounts the journey of Black slaves to freedom via the underground
railroad, an extended group of people who helped fugitive slaves in
Schroeder, Alan. (1996). Minty : a story of young Harriet Tubman.
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. 973.7 S381M
Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping
slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s.
Fritz, Jean. (1991). Bully for you, Teddy Roosevelt!. New York
: G.P. Putnam's. 921 R677T
Follows the life of the dynamic twenty-sixth president, discussing
his conservation work, hunting expeditions, family life, and political
Freedman, Russell. (1987). Indian chiefs. New York : Holiday
House. 920 F853I
Biographies of six Western Indian chiefs who led their people in a
historic moment of crisis, when a decision had to be made about fighting
or cooperating with the white pioneers encroaching on their grounds.
Fritz, Jean. (1986). Make way for Sam Houston. New York : Putnam.
Traces the life of the soldier who led the fight for Texas' independence
from Mexico, served as governor and senator, and opposed secession during
the Civil War.
Harvey, Brett. (1986). My prairie year : based on the diary of Elenore
Plaisted. New York : Holiday House. P 921 P692
Nine-year old Elenore describes her experiences living with her family
in the Dakota Territory in the late nineteenth century.
Conrad, Pam. (1991). Prairie visions : the life and times of Solomon
Butcher. New York, NY : HarperCollins. 778 C
A collection of photos and stories about photographer Solomon Butcher
and turn-of-the-century Nebraska.
Marrin, Albert. (2000). Sitting Bull and his world. (1st ed.).
New York : Dutton Children's Books. 978 M359S
Discusses the life of the Hunkpapa chief who is remembered for his
defeat of General Custer at Little Big Horn.
Jakes, John. (1986). Susanna of the Alamo : a true story. San
Diego : Gulliver Books. 921 D56
Relates the experiences of the Texas woman who, along with her baby,
survived the 1836 massacre at the Alamo.
Immigration, World War I, and the Great Depression
Blumberg, Rhoda. (1985). Commodore Perry in the land of the Shogun.
New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 952 B658C
Details Commodore Matthew Perry's role in opening Japan's closed society
to world trade in the 1850s, one of history's most significant diplomatic
Freedman, Russell. (1991). The Wright brothers : how they invented
the airplane. New York : Holiday House. 921 W947F
Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed
the first airplane.
World War II
Freedman, Russell. (1993). Eleanor Roosevelt : a life of discovery.
New York : Clarion Books. 973.9 F853E
A photobiography of the first wife of a president to have a public
life and career of her own.
Uchida, Yoshiko. (1991). The invisible thread : an autobiography.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ : J. Messner. 813 U17I
Children's author, Yoshiko Uchida, describes growing up in Berkeley,
California, as a Nisei, second generation Japanese American, and her
family's internment in a Nevada concentration camp during World War
Reiss, Johanna. (1976). The journey back. New York : Crowell.
After spending three years hiding from the Nazis, a Jewish family
is reunited and begins the job of rebuilding their country and family.
Reiss, Johanna. (1972). The upstairs room. New York, Crowell.
A Dutch Jewish girl describes the two-and-one-half years she spent
in hiding in the upstairs bedroom of a farmer's house during World War
The 1950's to the Present
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. (1992). Hoang Anh : a Vietnamese-American boy.
New York : Holiday House. 973 H871H
A Vietnamese American boy describes the daily activities of his family
in San Rafael, California, and the traditional culture and customs that
shape their lives.
Coleman, Evelyn. (1998). The riches of Oseola McCarty. Morton
Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman. 921 M123C
A brief biography of Oseola McCarty, a hard-working washer woman who,
without a formal education herself, donated a portion of her life savings
to the University of Southern Mississippi to endow a scholarship fund
for needy students.
Coles, Robert. (1995). The story of Ruby Bridges. New York :
Scholastic. 370.19 C693S
For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility
of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl
to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
Collective and Series Biographies
Yolen, Jane. (1992). A letter from Phoenix Farm. Katonah, N.Y.
: R.C. Owen Publishers. P 921 Y78
An autobiographical account of the prominent author Jane Yolen and
how her daily life and writing process are interwoven.
Artists and Artisans
Greenberg, Jan. (1998). Chuck Close, up close. (1st ed.). New
York, N.Y. : DK Ink. 921 C645G
A biography of the revisionist artist who achieved prominence in the
late 1960s for enormous, photographically realistic, black and white
portraits of himself and his friends.
Sills, Leslie. (1989). Inspirations : stories about women artists.
Niles, Ill. : A. Whitman. 759.13 S
Discusses the lives and art of Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Alice
Neel, and Faith Ringgold. Includes color reproductions of their work.
Winter, Jeanette. (1998). My name is Georgia : a portrait. (1st
ed.). San Diego : Silver Whistle/Harcourt Brace. 921 O414W
Presents, in brief text and illustrations, the life of the painter
who drew much of her inspiration from nature.
Sills, Leslie. (1993). Visions : stories about women artists.
Morton Grove, Ill. : A. Whitman. 709 S584V
Presents the lives and works of four pioneering women artists: Mary
Cassatt, Leonora Carrington, Betye Saar, and Mary Frank.
Musicians and Dancers
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. (1998). Duke Ellington : the piano prince and
his orchestra. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. 921 E46P
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer
who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.
Freedman, Russell. (1998). Martha Graham, a dancer's life. New
York : Clarion Books. 921 G741F
A photo-biography of the American dancer, teacher, and choreographer
who was born in Pittsburgh in 1895 and who became a leading figure in
the world of modern dance.
Scientists and Inventors
Sis, Peter. (1996). Starry messenger : a book depicting the life of
a famous scientist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, physicist,
Galileo Galilei. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 520 S622S
Describes the life and work of the courageous man who changed the way
people saw the galaxy, by offering objective evidence that the earth
was not the fixed center of the universe.
Fleischman, Paul. (1992). Townsend's warbler. New York : HarperCollins.
An account of the 1834 cross-continental journey of naturalist John
Townsend and his many discoveries, including the warbler that bears
Meltzer, Milton. (1968). Langston Hughes; a biography. New York,
Crowell. 921 H8938ME
A biography of the Negro poet and playwright whose themes were based
on his diverse ethnic and social experiences in Harlem and in the many
places he traveled.
Walker, Alice. (1974). Langston Hughes, American Poet. N. Y. Crowell.
A biography of the American poet whose works articulated the despair
of the blacks over social and economic conditions.
Myers, Elisabeth P. (1970). Langston Hughes, poet of his people.
Champaign, Ill., Garrard Pub. Co. 921 H8938MY
A biography of the black poet whose poems were influenced greatly by
jazz and blues rhythms.
Miller, William. (1994). Zora Hurston and the chinaberry tree.
New York : Lee & Low Books. 813 M652Z
Tells the story of the death Zora Hurston's mother and how Zora came
to understand the legacy her mother had left her.