Biography love: a roundup

May 16, 2013
Happy National Biographer’s Day! I must confess biographies are one of my favorite types of books. I love learning about the day-to-day lives of some of the people I’ve been the most fascinated by. Go on, quiz me about Anne Boleyn or Cleopatra. I also find biographies truly inspirational. It’s amazing to hear about how some of today’s heroes went about accomplishing their goals. To honor the holiday, I’ve put together a round-up of great biographies to help you celebrate. There’s something for everyone! For the Sports Lover Learn how baseball great Jackie Robinson became a sports and civil rights icon with Jackie Robinson: American Hero (ages 7 and up), written by his daughter Sharon Robinson. If basketball is more your game, check out Jeremy Lin: Rising Star (ages 8-12) which chronicles Lin’s early days as a high school hoops player through the rise of Linsanity. iBiographies for the tech junkie Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter…These companies revolutionized the world and changed the ways in which we do everything from reading a book to communicating with friend to taking a picture. Get to know the industry’s leaders behind the influential companies in Profiles: Tech Titans (ages 9-14) and discover how Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others who changed technology. A trip down memory lane Travel the Missouri river with Sacajawea. Discover Relativity with Einstein. Ask not what your country can do for you (but what you can do for your Country) with JFK. Take a perilous journey on the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman. If you’re looking for historical biographies, be sure to read Scholastic’s I Am series for readers ages 8-12. I Am is a biography series featuring some of the most important people from history and today. Who do you want to read about? Let us know which biographies fascinate you in the comments!