It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers
In celebration of Picture Book Month, I am posting some of my favorite picture book biographies! I love sharing the true stories of extraordinary people with my students. Gone are the days of boring biographies – these books are beautifully written, exquisitely illustrated and will inform and inspire you!
Nelson Mandela – Kadir Nelson
The courageous life of this man is a must share book. Nelson Mandela – who stood up for his people and over time, won his fight because of his courage and his values. He was, in my opinion, the bravest man who ever lived.
Manfish – A Story of Jacques Cousteau – Jennifer Berne
I remember my dad watching amazing Jacques Cousteau documentaries on TV when I was little. This is a simple and beautifully told story of Jacques Cousteau, famous oceanographer – following his curiosity and infatuation with the sea as a child, to his inventions, his movies, his explorations and finally his conservation efforts. This book will captivate your students!
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps – Jeanette Winter
I am a long-time admirer of Jane Goodall. This is a wonderful biography about her life’s work observing and protecting the chimpanzees in Africa. I love how the theme of Jane being a “watcher” is the thread of the story. Fascinating, intriguing details of her life without being overwhelming. Jeanette Winter is a master at highlighting the interesting “chapters” of a life story.