Find Windows to the World in Picture Book Biographies

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Whether you are heading back to school online or in a homeschool setting, it is time to move beyond the famous figures shared in conventional history textbooks. One great way to learn about innovative people is to explore a stack of picture book biographies. I like bringing at least five home at a time and reading them in one sitting. In under an hour, I can learn about an artist with synesthesia, women who broke into the fields of mathematics and illustration and more.  

Do not be deceived by the picture book format – many of these titles have appeal for elementary aged children. And the additional resources and information included in many of them make them perfect for school projects.  

If you find someone you’d like to know more about, you can find biography information at your fingertips in our Biography in Context database, on the Library’s Homework Help page

You can sign up for a free library card here. If you are new to our eResources, check out these tutorial videos on how to get started.  

If you’re looking for more book suggestions, we’re happy to recommend them! Use this Book Recommendation form to send us some information about what you like to read and we’ll curate a list just for you.  

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The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague

This is a rhyming-text picture book about Raye Montague. After touring a German submarine in the early 1940s, young Raye set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades.