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BookIf You Like Biographies...

Browse the list below for a selection of great books for readers who enjoy biographies. Click the book cover or title to go to the book in the online catalog. Click the author's name to search for more books by that author.


Biographies 100 pages or more


Yeah! yeah! yeah! : the Beatles, Beatlemania, and the music that changed the world Yeah! yeah! yeah! : the Beatles, Beatlemania, and the music that changed the world
Spitz, Bob.
The New York Times bestselling biography of the Beatles, in a style and format for young readers.



Terry Bradshaw Terry Bradshaw
Roza, Greg.
Outlines the life and victories of Pittsburgh Steelers football legend Terry Bradshaw.



A girl from Yamhill : a memoir A girl from Yamhill : a memoir
Cleary, Beverly.
Follows the popular children's author from her childhood years in Oregon through high school and into young adulthood, highlighting her family life and her growing interest in writing.



Jacques Cousteau Jacques Cousteau
Knowles, Johanna, 1970-
A look at Jacques Cousteau who was the first to photograph and, later, film underwater life.



Marie Curie Marie Curie
Krull, Kathleen.



Boy : tales of childhood Boy : tales of childhood
Dahl, Roald.
Presents humorous anecdotes from the author's childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school.



Amelia Earhart : legend of flight Amelia Earhart : legend of flight
Pflueger, Lynda.
A biography of Amelia Earhart who, four years after becoming the first woman passenger to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, became the first woman pilot to do so, as well.



Elizabeth I : Queen of Tudor England Elizabeth I : Queen of Tudor England
Weatherly, Myra.
Profiles Elizabeth I, highly regarded queen of England who reigned in dazzling splendor for 45 years.



Albert Einstein Albert Einstein
Krull, Kathleen.
This biography profiles the life and times of German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, whose contributions to the field earned him a Nobel Prize.



Galileo : astronomer and physicist Galileo : astronomer and physicist
Hightower, Paul (Paul W.)
"A biography of seventeenth-century Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo and includes related activities for readers"--Provided by publisher.



Escape! : the story of the great Houdini Escape! : the story of the great Houdini
Fleischman, Sid, 1920-
A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists whose amazing feats are remembered long after his death in 1926.



Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson
Nardo, Don, 1947-
Discusses the childhood, family life, political career, two terms as President, and accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson.



Jack : the early years of John F. Kennedy Jack : the early years of John F. Kennedy
Cooper, Ilene.
A description of the childhood and youth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States.



Isaac Newton Isaac Newton
Krull, Kathleen.
Isaac Newton was not only briiliant, but secretive, vindictive and obsessive. Here is a portrait of the man, contradictions and all, than places him against the backdrop of seventeenth-century England, a time of plague, the Great Fire of London, and two revolutions.



Yes we can : a biography of President Barack Obama Yes we can : a biography of President Barack Obama
Thomas, Garen Eileen.



Wideness and wonder : the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe Wideness and wonder : the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe
Rubin, Susan Goldman.



Rosa Parks : my story Rosa Parks : my story
Parks, Rosa, 1913-2005.



Walter Payton Walter Payton
Gallagher, Aileen.
A biography of the record-setting Chicago Bears fullback who died in 1999 at the age of forty-five.



Ramses II : Egyptian pharaoh, warrior, and builder Ramses II : Egyptian pharaoh, warrior, and builder
Fitzgerald, Stephanie.
A biography of Ramses II.



Our Eleanor : a scrapbook look at Eleanor Roosevelt's remarkable life Our Eleanor : a scrapbook look at Eleanor Roosevelt's remarkable life
Fleming, Candace.
There has hardly been a life in the last century that Eleanor Roosevelt has not affected, in one way or another. From securing safe, low-cost housing for Kentucky's poor, to helping her grandchildren hang a tire swing on the White House's south lawn, to representing America as the first female delegate to the United Nations, Eleanor rarely kept a second of her life for herself -- and she wouldn't have had it any other way.



J.K. Rowling : extraordinary author J.K. Rowling : extraordinary author
Peterson-Hilleque, Victoria, 1971-



Sacagawea Sacagawea
St. George, Judith, 1931-
Tells the story of the Shoshoni Indian girl who served as interpreter, peacemaker, and guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Northwest in 1805-1806.



Tom Thumb : the remarkable true story of a man in miniature Tom Thumb : the remarkable true story of a man in miniature
Sullivan, George, 1927-
Explores the life and career of the dwarf Tom Thumb, who toured the world as a curiosity at the behest of showman P.T. Barnum.



Miles to go Miles to go
Cyrus, Miley, 1992-
Three years ago, Miley Cyrus was a virtual unknown. Her life in rural Tennessee was filled with family, friends, school, cheerleading, and the daily tasks of living on a farm. Then along came a little show called "Hannah Montana."



Harriet Tubman, secret agent : how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War Harriet Tubman, secret agent : how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War
Allen, Thomas B.



Frank Lloyd Wright : a twentieth-century life Frank Lloyd Wright : a twentieth-century life
Adkins, Jan.
The story of the man who changed architecture from "dark, Victorian clutter" to space open to air and movement.



Vincent Van Gogh : portrait of an artist Vincent Van Gogh : portrait of an artist
Greenberg, Jan.



Top 11 Favorite Biographies


When Marian sang : the true recital of Marian Anderson : the voice of a century When Marian sang : the true recital of Marian Anderson : the voice of a century
Ryan, Pam Muñoz.
An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.



The road to Oz : twists, turns, bumps, and triumphs in the life of L. Frank Baum The road to Oz : twists, turns, bumps, and triumphs in the life of L. Frank Baum
Krull, Kathleen.



The watcher : Jane Goodall's life with the chimps The watcher : Jane Goodall's life with the chimps
Winter, Jeanette.
Describes the life of Jane Goodall, from her childhood in London watching a robin on her windowsill, to her years in the African forests of Gombe, Tanzania.



Mermaid Queen Mermaid Queen
Corey, Shana.
The spectacular true story of Annette Kellerman, who swam her way to fame, fortune & swimsuit history.



You never heard of Sandy Koufax?! You never heard of Sandy Koufax?!
Winter, Jonah.
In this striking picture book biography, an old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax so amazing. We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, that he was shy with his teammates, and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game. We hear that he actually quit, only to return the next season--different--firing one rocket after another over the plate. We watch him refuse to play in the 1965 World Series because it is a Jewish high holy day. And we see him in pain because of an overused left arm, eventually retiring at the peak of his career. Finally, we are told that people are still "scratchin' their heads over Sandy," who remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day.



Lincoln shot! : a president's life remembered Lincoln shot! : a president's life remembered
Denenberg, Barry.



Marco Polo Marco Polo
Demi.



What to do about Alice? : how Alice Roosevelt broke the rules, charmed the world, and drove her father Teddy crazy! What to do about Alice? : how Alice Roosevelt broke the rules, charmed the world, and drove her father Teddy crazy!
Kerley, Barbara.
A brief biography in pictures and simple text of Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt and his first wife.



Knucklehead : tall tales & mostly true stories of growing up Scieszka Knucklehead : tall tales & mostly true stories of growing up Scieszka
Scieszka, Jon.
How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.



Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude
Winter, Jonah.
In a story inspired by the modern and groundbreaking writing of Gertrude Stein herself, not a lot makes sense. Enter the whimsical world of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.



The Day-Glo brothers : the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand-new colors The Day-Glo brothers : the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand-new colors
Barton, Chris.



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