Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

July's theme for #littlelitbookseries was biographies and these are some of the books that we shared on last month’s theme.  You can also search for “biographies” on our Archives page to take a look at the other books that were posted during the month.


Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @averyandaugustine ― 

We’re sharing biographies for this month’s #littlelitbookseries.

Jacqueline Kennedy wore many hats in her life (as women usually do) as a journalist, photographer, mother, first lady, preservationist and editor. She was known for her intelligence, independent spirit, style and elegance. Margaret Cardillo and Julia Denos tell her story with grace and aplomb and exquisite illustrations. Just Being Jackie was published by Balzer + Bray.


Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @bonjour_mes_amies —

This month's #littlelitbookseries theme is all about biographies. I thought it would be quite fitting to share a story about Kate Sessions, an inspiring woman who was the visionary for landscaping San Diego's beautiful Balboa Park. The Tree Lady is a true story of how a tree-loving woman changed a city forever. And this beloved city which she transformed is my hometown, San Diego. Being a San Diegan, my family and I frequent Balboa Park for doggie walks, museum trips, and family strolls admiring surrounding architecture and horticulture. Did you know prior to the lush gardens and leafy foliage, Balboa Park used to be dry and dessert-like? Kate was a pioneer for women in science and spread her love for gardening and planting trees like wild fire. Until this day, Kate Sessions is known as the Mother of Balboa park. Her work will be respected and enjoyed for generations to come.

Written by H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill McElmurry


Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @carterhiggins ―

This month, the #littlelitbookseries is featuring biographies. Whose lives do you study? Who do you look up to? Who shows you humanity? Here’s a graphic novel trilogy told from the perspective of heroic Congressman, John Lewis. This man is still at work, still marching, still inspiring, still fighting for justice. May we all follow in this extraordinary leader’s footsteps. Keep on. #goodtrouble

For your older readers. 

Authors: Congressman John LewisAndrew Aydin

Illustrator: Nate Powell

Publisher: Top Shelf Comix


Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @littlebooksbigworld —

This month #littlelitbookseries is sharing “biographies” and goodness, there are so many wonderful books to choose from! BRILLIANT DEEP is a new book from Chronicle Books and is fitting for the month of #plasticfreejuly.

The theme of the story is “it only takes one” to make a change, to make our world better. Ken Nedimyer set out to restore the declining coral population and has succeeded in growing and replanting thousands of coral colonies. He also shares his techniques and is teaching others how to save our beautiful color reefs. #worldchanger

You too, can be a world changer. Help save our oceans and planet by giving up single use plastic (straws, to-go cups, plastic cutlery). It only takes one to make a change!  Click here and swipe left for more of my picture book biography collection or see previous reviews at #lbbwbiography.


Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @live_read_write ―

Any Doreen Rappaport fans out there? Her name certainly goes hand-in-hand with children’s book biographies. I’m a huge fan of her work and the illustrators her words often meet. Rappaport is the author of nearly 50 titles, many of which are picture book biographies of prominent historical leaders. She is a dynamic storyteller who gingerly blends information and quotes from primary sources with her own words. 

TO DARE MIGHTY THINGS: THE LIFE OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT is one of her many masterpieces. I can’t get over the front cover — or the back cover for that matter. (Swipe to see both.) She and illustrator C.F. Payne capture the energy, passion, and charisma of the 26th president of the United States: “Teddy,” the “Rough Rider.” The book’s namesake comes from one of Roosevelt’s speeches: “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat...” Words to live by from a man who dared greatly and literally changed the landscape of the U.S. with his national park and monument initiatives. Now, go dare mighty things and check out other stunning biographies by Doreen Rappaport  Some favorites are: LADY LIBERTYMARTIN’S BIG WORDSJACK’S PATH OF COURAGE, and HELEN’S BIG WORLD


Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @livingbythepagewithnatalie — 

The #littlelitbookseries theme this month is on biographies for kids and so I was thrilled to find this one on E.B. White! Charlotte’s Web remains one of my favorite books to this day. I still recall my second grade teacher reading it aloud and being on the edge of my seat so excited to hear what would happen next. And one of my favorite quotes remains from White: "It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both." YES. A Boy, A Mouse and a Spider is a good entry level picture book biography for your kids wanting to learn more about E.B. White and if they’ve read his other books, it’s fun to see what inspired his other characters such as Stuart Little. Just goes to show that inspiration is all around. Written by Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Lauren Castillo and published by Henry Holt & Co. in 2017.


Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @ourbookbag ― 

This month’s #littlelitbookseries theme is biographies and I have been meaning to share this gem since it came out.

We are in love with this beautiful and inspiring story of the life of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. From her feelings of rejection from her family to her quest to understand what makes something beautiful, Schiap, as she later called herself, always had the heart of an artist which came through in all that she did. I loved reading about her triumph over feelings of being “brutta”, her collaborations with Surrealist artists and all of the fashion trends she influenced. And of course it was created by one of my favourites duos, Kyo Maclear + Julie Morstad =✨💕 

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Written by Kyo Maclear

Illustrated by Julie Morstad

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Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @sunlitpages ― 

If you’re headed to the pool this week, you can thank Annette Kellermann that you’re not diving in wearing two petticoats, pantaloons, a dress, stockings, and shoes...oh, and a corset too! Born in 1887, she learned to swim at a young age to help strengthen her legs. She loved swimming so much and was one of the first women to attempt to cross the English Channel. She paved the way for many future female swimmers, not only athletically but fashionably as well. 💦


Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @writesinla — 

Our #littlelitbookseries theme this month is biographies! THE GIRL WHO THOUGHT IN PICTURES by Julia Finley Mosca and Daniel Rieley tells the story of Temple Grandin in rhyme and, fittingly, pictures. “Each person is special—so UNIQUE are our minds. The world needs YOUR ideas. It takes brains of all kinds.” An important and inspiring ode to “different, not less.”