Picture Books By Topic: using life experiences

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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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark

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By: Debbie Levy
Illustrated by: Elizabeth Baddeley
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Description: Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements. (from the publisher)
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The Matchbox Diary

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By: Paul Fleischman
Illustrated by: Bagram Ibatoulline
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Description: A kindergartner meets her great-grandfather and gets to know him and his past via trinkets in matchboxes he has saved over his lifetime.
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Miss Rumphius

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By: Barbara Cooney
Illustrated by: Barbara Cooney
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Description: Growing older, a lifetime, legacies, flowers, planting When still a little girl, Alice Rumphius decided that when she grew up she would visit faraway places, live by the sea and do something to make the world more beautiful–per her grandfather’s advice.
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My Teacher

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By: James Ransome
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Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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By: Nelson Mandela , Abridged by Chris van Wyck
Illustrated by: Paddy Bouma
Description: Official picture book version of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography. Activism, apartheid, late life work, multi-cultural (South Africa), respect for elders, wisdom.
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Nonna’s Birthday Surprise

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By: Lidia Bastianich
Illustrated by: Renee Graef
Description: Nonna Lidia helps her grandchildren prepare a birthday dinner for their great-grandmother Nonna Mima. She tells them about her childhood home with the animals, fruits and vegetables.
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No Truth without Ruth: The life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Nancy Zhang
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Description: Before becoming a justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth had to fight the notion that being female meant that she was less smart, less qualified, and less worthy of attention than her male counterparts. But her fight for equality as a lawyer made an imprint on American history, by changing the way the law dealt with women's rights. (adapted from publisher)
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Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

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By: Monica Brown
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
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Description: Pablo wrote poems about the things he loved—things made by his friends in the café’, things found at the marketplace, and things he saw in nature. He wrote about the people of Chile and their stories of struggle. Because above all things…Pablo Neruda loved people. (adapted from publisher description)
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Papa Chagall, Tell us a Story

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By: Laurence Anholt
Description: Famed Russian painter Marc Chagall shares historical tales of his rags to riches past, including WW II, with his twin grandchildren. art, history, intergenerational
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