There are so many great Americans to read about, and this list is far from definitive. I chose these 20 people based on the quality of books that are available about their lives and achievements. These aren’t just books that share facts; they will immerse the reader into the amazing lives and choices that these men and women made.
Susan B. Anthony - Susan B. Anthony: Fighter for Freedom and Equality by Suzanne Slade
Elizabeth Blackwell - Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone
Ruby Bridges - The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
Frederick Douglass - Who Was Frederick Douglass? by April Jones Prince
Thomas Edison - Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives by Gene Barretta
Thomas Jefferson - Thomas Jefferson Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman
Helen Keller - Helen’s Big World by Doreen Rappaport
John Fitzgerald Kennedy - Jack’s Path of Courage by Doreen Rappaport
Martin Luther King, Jr. - My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris
Abraham Lincoln - Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters
Rosa Parks - Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
Sally Ride - Who Was Sally Ride? by Megan Stine
Jackie Robinson - Teammates by Peter Golenbock
Eleanor Roosevelt - Eleanor, Quiet No More by Doreen Rappaport
Wilma Rudolph - Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull
Sonia Sotomayor - Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter
Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone
Harriet Tubman - Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
George Washington - A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler
The Wright Brothers - Who Were the Wright Brothers? by James Buckley Jr.
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