Children Gain a New Perspective with Picture Book Biographies

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The United States of America is often described as a melting pot. Today, our nation is a unique blend of citizens and immigrants of all nationalities and those numbers are increasing every day.

It is more important now than ever before to learn about people of different cultures. Children need to gain a different perspective other than their own while learning to appreciate members of their own cultures.

One way of learning about the diversity of our world is to read more books, especially those of historical personalities and their journeys.

There are a wide variety of picture book biographies for children waiting to be explored. According to author Esmé Raji Codell, “Listening to a picture book biography read aloud, introduces children to times, places and heroes.” Give these and other titles like them a try. In the words of Grace Hopper, “Our young people are the future. We must provide for them.”

Marti's Song for Freedom

A bilingual biography of Cuban national hero José Martí, who dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty for all men and women.

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby.