Picture Books By Topic: picture book bios

A River of Words

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By: Jen Bryant
Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet
Description: Biography/picture book Poets & poetry, biography, vocations, persistence Though he practiced medicine, William Carlos Williams became a recognized poet continuing well into his sixties.
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Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child

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By: Jessie Hartland
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Description: Non-fiction picture book biography of chef Julia Child, who had a long, productive, and happy life.
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Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey

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By: Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
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Description: Creative life, imagination and perseverance, love of color. Real life Grandma P. builds her own creative home from bottles and other found materials. Sadly out of print, but still available.
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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

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By: Michelle Markel
Illustrated by: Amanda Hall
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Description: Self-taught artist Rousseau begins painting late in life and perseveres despite poverty & criticism.
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Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O’Keefe

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By: Kathryn Lasky
Illustrated by: Ora Eiten
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Description: A day in the life of famous artist Georgia O'Keefe as an active woman in her 90's.
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Henri’s Scissors

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By: Jeanette Winter
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Description: Non-fiction bio of artist Henri Matisse.
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It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

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By: Don Tate
Illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie
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Description: Picture book bio of the acclaimed American folk artist who only begins drawing at age 85.
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Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children

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By: Jan Pinborough
Illustrated by: Debby Atwell
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Description: Picture book bio shows us a strong single woman busting both gender and age stereotypes.
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My Name is Georgia: A Portrait

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By: Jeanette Winter
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Description: Author/illustrator Jeanette Winter shows us the life of painter Georgia O'Keefe as she follows her dream from Wisconsin to art studies in Chicago and New York, and finally to her beloved New Mexico. Georgia lived to the age of 98. (Sadly out of print, but still available)
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Nelson Mandela

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By: Kadir Nelson
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Description: Bio, apartheid, multi-cultural (South Africa), late life work, respect for elders, wisdom
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