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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Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

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By: Laurie Wallmark
Illustrated by: Katy Wu
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Description: The riveting true story of a trailblazing woman. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Forced to retire at 60, but then asked to return, Grace finally retired from the Navy at age 80. (adapted from publ description)
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Grandfather Gandhi

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By: Bethany Hegedus, Arun Gandhi
Illustrated by: Evan Turk
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Description: Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace.
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Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trial

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By: Jennifer Thermes
Illustrated by: Jennifer Thermes
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Description: At age 67, Emma Gatewood decided to go for a nice long walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail. With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down ravines, braved angry storms and witnessed breathtaking sunrises relying on the kindness of strangers. A story of true grit and girl power at any age. (Adapted from author’s website)
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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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