Biographies aren’t just for adults! Picture book biographies are not the dry, stuffy side of history; they are great even for the earliest reader.
By reading fascinating stories of historical people, children make a connection with the past that helps them understand their present and also stokes their natural curiosity about the world around them. Just like any great story, biographies have interesting characters facing daunting challenges and are often full of exciting action.
Use a picture book biography as a springboard for discussion about how kids live today and how kids lived in the past. Is your child curious about that guy on the five dollar bill? Read a picture book biography about young Abraham Lincoln and then expand the activity by reading other books about Victorian children. Try Victorian kids’ games or bake old-fashioned Johnny Bread like a Civil War Soldier.
When history is told in stories with bright pictures and kid-friendly language there is nothing stuffy about it! Here are some of our favorite picture book biographies to get you started. Happy Exploring!