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The books in this category tell the life stories of real people, some famous and others less well known. In many of these books the focus of the biography is the person's contribution to making a better world; in many there is also the theme of obstacles that had to be overcome in order for the person to succeed.
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1.   ...If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights
Anne Kamma (Author), Pamela Johnson (Illustrator)
There was a time that girls and women in the U.S. could not wear pants, play sports on a team, ride a bicycle or go to college. That all began to change in 1848 after the first convention for women's rights. In question-and-answer format, this book tells the story of how women worked for equal rights, culminating in the 19th amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Readers find out what life was like for girls in those days and meet pioneering figures in the movement, including Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and Alice Paul.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
2.   A Fire in Her Bones: The Story of Mary Lyon
Written by
Dorothy Schack Rosen
A story of Mary Lyon, founder of Mount Holyoke College, the first permanent college for women in the United States.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
3.   A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt
David A. Adler (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
A short biography of the woman who overcame a difficult childhood to become a woman of great accomplishments.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
4.   A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass
David A. Adler (Author), Samuel Byrd (Illustrator)
A biography of the man who after escaping slavery, became an orator, writer and leader in the abolitionist movement.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
5.   A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.
David A. Adler (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
A short biography of the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prizewinner.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
6.   A Picture Book of Rosa Parks
David A. Adler (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
The story of the woman who came to be known as the "mother of the Civil Rights Movement." .
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
7.   Cesar Chavez
Ruth Franchere (Author), Earl Thollander (Illustrator)
The biography of the Mexican American who led the nationwide boycott of grapes as part of his movement to organize farm laborers in the United States.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
8.   Champion for Children's Health: Dr. S. Josephine Baker
Lydia M. Anderson (Illustrator), Greg Ptacek (Author)
The biography of Dr. S. Josephine Baker who single-handedly established preventive health care for children as a field of medicine.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
9.   Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and Rescue of the Jews
Written by
Ellen Levine
An account of Denmark's resistance against the Nazis, culminating in the Rosh Hashanah boatlift when most of Denmark's Jews were ferried to safety in Sweden.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
 
10.   Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth
Rosa Parks (Author), Gregory J. Reed (Author)
Correspondence between Rosa Parks and various children in which the "Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement" answers questions and encourages young people to reach their highest potential.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
 
11.   Eleanor Roosevelt: An Inspiring Life
Written by
Elizabeth MacLeod
In fourteen brief chapters with short blocks of text and many photographs, the author describes Roosevelt’s privileged but sad childhood, her marriage, political and family life, and post-FDR humanitarian work. The importance of Roosevelt’s contributions to the world are emphasized, including her work on civil rights, women’s rights, and her role in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
12.   Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez
Rudolfo A. Anaya (Adapter), Gaspar Enriquez (Illustrator)
Chicano novelist Rudolfo Anaya was greatly influenced by the heroic life of labor and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. This poem eulogizes Cesar and his work, expressing the grief of la gente and calling all peoples together to continue the nonviolent struggle for freedom and justice. Includes a chronology of Cesar's life.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
13.   Elizabeth Cady Stanton: A Biography for Young Children
Janice Bond (Illustrator), Barbara Metzger (Author), Carol Hilgartner Schlank (Author)
A biography about one of the nation's first leaders in the women's rights movement.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
14.   Emmanuel Osofu Yeboah, Advocate for Ghana's Disabled Population
Written by
Adam Woog
Emmanuel Osofu Yeboah was born with a deformed leg in Ghana, where people with disabilities are considered burdens to society. In 2001, Emmanuel devoted himself to changing this view and biked one-legged 370 miles around Ghana. Through continued efforts, he has forever changed his nation's treatment and view of people with disabilities.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
15.   Farmworker's Friend: The Story of Cesar Chavez
Written by
David R. Collins
The life and accomplishments of the labor activist who helped organize migrant farm workers.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
16.   Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin
Written by
Susan Goldman Rubin
The story of Friedel Dicker, a Jewish woman from Prague, who taught art to children at the Terezin concentration camp.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
17.   Gandhi
Written and Illustrated by
Demi
The story of the life of Gandhi.
 
18.   Happy Birthday Martin Luther King
Jean Marzollo (Author), J. Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
An easy-to-read biography of Dr. King.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
19.   Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
Rae Bains (Author), Larry Johnson (Illustrator)
The biography of a girl whose fight to freedom was the first step in her becoming "conductor" on the underground railroad.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
20.   I Am Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks (Author), Jim Haskins (Author), Wil Clay (Illustrator)
The woman whose acts of civil disobedience led to the 1956 Supreme Court order to desegregate buses in Montgomery, Alabama, explains what she did and why.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
21.   I Could Do That!: Ester Morris Gets Women the Vote
Linda Arms White (Author), Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
“I could do that,” says six-year-old Esther as she watches her mother making tea. Start her own business at the age of nineteen? Why, she could do that, too. But one thing Esther and other women could NOT do was vote. Only men could do that. With lively text and illustrations, this picture book biography shows how one girl’s gumption propels her through a life filled with challenges until, in 1869, she wins the vote for women in Wyoming Territory -– the first time ever in the United States.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
22.   I Speak for the Women
Brian Liedahl (Illustrator), Stephanie Sammartino McPherson (Author)
A story about Lucy Stone, powerful speaker for women's rights and the abolition of slavery.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
23.   Ida B. Wells-Barnett: A Voice against Violence
Ned O. Berkeley (Illustrator), Frederick McKissack (Author), Patrick McKissack (Author)
A biography of the female journalist who campaigned for the civil rights of women and other minorities and was a founder of the NAACP.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
24.   If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks
Written by
Faith Ringgold
A contemporary schoolgirl boards the bus on which Rosa Parks rode in 1955, and the bus tells the girl about Rosa's story, from growing up with the constant threat of a Ku Klux Klan attack to her act of passive resistance against the segregation of bus passengers.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
25.   John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement
James Haskins (Author), Kathleen Benson (Author), Benny Andrews (Illustrator)
This illustrated biography celebrates the life of a living legend of U.S. history, a sharecropper’s son who grew up to become a major civil rights leader. Stirred by his experience of segregation and inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis joined Dr. King and other civil rights leaders after graduating high school, and was in the forefront of the major civil rights protests of the 1960s. In the face of physical attacks, he persevered with dignity and a devotion to nonviolence, helping southern black people gain the right to vote. Lewis has continued his commitment to human rights since that time and, in 1986, he was elected to represent Georgia in the U.S. Congress, where he continues to serve today.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
 
26.   Julia Ward Howe
Written by
Elizabeth Raum
A biography of the nineteenth-century peace and social justice activist who wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 calling for a “Mother’s Day for Peace,” which eventually led to the holiday known today as Mother’s Day. Ward is most famous for writing the poem that became "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and is also known for her work against slavery and in support of a woman’s right to vote.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
27.   Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator), Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author)
Let It Shine is a collection of short biographies celebrating the contributions of 10 black women who moved forward the cause of civil rights in America. Following a preface that describes her own family roots in the civil rights movement, Pinkney presents her heroines chronologically in verbal portraits that capture the subjects' faith, strength of character, and determination in the face of hardships and racial injustice. The subjects—who are depicted in full-page oil paintings — include Sojourner Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
28.   Marian Wright Edelman
Written by
Steve Otfinoski
A biography of the lawyer and social reformer who is known for her work on behalf of children's rights.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
29.   Peace and Bread: The Story of Jane Adams
Written by
Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
The story of Jane Addams, who overcame many obstacles to make Chicago's Hull House a thriving community center.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
30.   Right to Vote
Written by
Elaine Pascoe
Explores the basic right to vote for government officials as it is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, highlighting the various restraints that were put on African Americans and women in the past.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
31.   Rosa Parks
Wil Mara (Author), Jeanne Clidas (Author)
A short introduction to the life of the woman whose actions led to the desegregation of buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in the 1960s and who was an important figure in the early days of the civil rights movement.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
32.   Rosa Parks, My Story
Jim Haskins (Author), Rosa Parks (Author)
The story of a woman whose decision not to give up her seat on a bus in 1955 turned the Civil Rights Movement into a national cause.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
33.   Rosa Parks: From the Back of the Bus to the Front of a Movement
Written by
Camilla Wilson
This book takes a close look at Parks' early life, and follows her political career after the Montgomery bus boycott.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
34.   Shirley Chisholm
Written by
Jill S. Pollack
Shirley Chisholm's rise to prominence in the U. S. political arena is depicted in this addition to the First Book series. The readable, large-print text focuses on the varied political aspects of Chisholm's career, including her election as the first black woman to Congress and her run for the presidency.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
 
35.   The Story of Ruby Bridges
Robert Coles (Author), George Ford (Illustrator)
The story of a young girl who confronted the hostility of the white community when she became the first African-American in Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
36.   The Workers' Detective: A Story About Dr. Alice Hamilton
Stephanie Sammartino McPherson (Author), Janet Schulz (Illustrator)
A story about Dr. Alice Hamilton, social worker and doctor, whose work brought attention to the health risks associated with certain jobs.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
37.   Walking the Road to Freedom
Jeri Ferris (Author), Peter E. Hanson (Illustrator)
A story about Sojourner Truth.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
38.   You Wouldn't Want to Be a Suffragist!: A Protest Movement Thats Rougher Than You Expected
Fiona MacDonald (Author), David Antram (Illustrator)
This book tells the story of the struggle for a woman's right to vote through the voices of two feisty aunts-- Edith from the U.S. and Mabel from the U.K.--who describe the movement to their young American niece in 1920. Using cartoon-like illustrations and timelines, the author introduces readers to the pioneers of the suffrage movement, important events of the time and the tactics used by suffragists and protesters to win equal rights.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
 
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