Bestselling Biographies Books for 7 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling biographies books for 7 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

by: Melissa Sweet
Release date: Oct 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 176
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A New York Times Bestseller

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White’s granddaughter. 

 
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Jobs & Careers

2. A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day

by: Andrea Davis PinkneySteve JohnsonLou Fancher
Release date: Nov 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 60
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A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day.

The story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family were struggling Polish immigrants, and despite Keats’s obvious talent, his father worried that Ezra’s dream of being an artist was an unrealistic one. But Ezra was determined. By high school he was winning prizes and scholarships. Later, jobs followed with the WPA and Marvel comics. But it was many years before Keats’s greatest dream was realized and he had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own book.
 
For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats’s hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his — and Keats’s — neighborhood.
 
Andrea Davis Pinkney’s lyrical narrative tells the inspiring story of a boy who pursued a dream, and who, in turn, inspired generations of other dreamers.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Prejudice & Racism

3. A Christmas Memory

by: Truman Capote
Release date: Oct 28, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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Truman Capote’s boyhood Christmas memoir rereleased in a beautiful new package, which includes a CD with the audio version of the text.

     The classic story of Truman Capote’s childhood Christmas ritual is more endearing than ever in this newly redesigned package.

     In celebration of A Christmas Memory‘s enduring appeal, this repackaged edition retains Beth Peck’s evocative watercolors and an audio CD narration by the venerable Celeste Holm (originator of the Ado Annie role in the 1943 Broadway hit “Oklahoma!” and an Academy Award-winning actress). Originally published in 1956, this is the story from Capote’s childhood of lovingly making fruitcakes from scratch at Christmas-time with his elderly cousin, and has stood the test of time to become known as an American holiday classic. In its new size, it’s perfect for reading alone or reading aloud, or following along while listening to the audio version.

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

4. The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure

by: Caroline PaulWendy MacNaughton
Release date: Mar 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 160
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From a real-life derring-do woman, exhilarating stories, activities, and tips to inspire girls to pursue a life of adventure and excitement.

Why should girls miss out on the joy of adventure? They can jump off rocks, swing on ropes, and climb trees just as well as boys can. But girls often allow fear to stand in their way.

In The Gutsy Girl, author Caroline Paul emboldens girls to seek out a life of exhilaration. Once a young scaredy-cat herself, Caroline decided that fear got in the way of the life she wanted–of excitement, confidence, self-reliance, friendship, and fun. She has since flown planes, rafted big rivers, climbed tall mountains, and fought fires as one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco. In The Gutsy Girl, she shares her greatest escapades as well as those of other girls and women from throughout history, and offers engaging activities such as confidence-building stances, creating a compass, positive self-talk, and using crickets to estimate outside temperatures. Each section includes a place for girls to “journal” their adventures, thus encouraging a new generation to develop a zest for challenges and a healthy relationship to risk. The Gutsy Girl is Lean In for young girls, a book about the glorious things that happen when you unshackle from fear and open up to exhilaration. Fully illustrated and enlivened throughout by bestselling illustrator Wendy MacNaughton’s whimsical pen-and-ink drawings.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

5. Football Superstars 2016

by: K.C. Kelley
Release date: Sep 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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A new year, a new football season, and a new crop of superstars!

Featuring the biggest stars from the most exciting games of the past season. Each page features large full-color action photographs of everyone’s favorite players. Football Superstars 2016 has something for every fan!

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games

6. The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune

by: P. J. LynchP.J. Lynch
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 64
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In the first book he has both written and illustrated, master artist P.J. Lynch brings a Mayflower voyager’s story to vivid life.

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At a young age, John Howland learned what it meant to take advantage of an opportunity. Leaving the docks of London on the Mayflower as an indentured servant to Pilgrim John Carver, John Howland little knew that he was embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. By his great good fortune, John survived falling overboard on the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, and he earned his keep ashore by helping to scout a safe harbor and landing site for his bedraggled and ill shipmates. Would his luck continue to hold amid the dangers and adversity of the Pilgrims’ lives in New England? John Howland’s tale is masterfully told in his own voice, bringing an immediacy and young perspective to the oft-told Pilgrims’ story. P.J. Lynch captures this pivotal moment in American history in precise and exquisite detail, from the light on the froth of a breaking wave to the questioning voice of a teen in a new world.

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Children’s Books > History > United States > Colonial & Revolutionary

7. Lightkeepers Boys Box Set: Ten Boys

by: Irene Howat
Release date: Jul 20, 2009
Number of Pages: 160
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This giftbox collection of colorful stories makes a perfect present that will delight young adventurers. This edition includes Ten Boys who Changed the World, Ten Boys who Didn’t Give In, Ten Boys who Made a Difference, Ten Boys who Made History, and Ten Boys who Used Their Talents.

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Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living

8. Stephen Curry (Amazing Athletes (Paperback))

by: Jon Fishman
Release date: Aug 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has racked up impressive stats as he has led his team to the best record in the NBA midway through the 2014-2015 season.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

9. Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History

by: Don Brown
Release date: Oct 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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The most famous duel in American history dramatized by leading nonfiction picture book illustrator, Don Brown.

Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton were both fierce patriots during the Revolutionary War, but the politics of the young United States of America put them in constant conflict. Their extraordinary story of bitter fighting and resentment culminates in their famous duel. For young patriots who may not yet know the shocking and tragic story, Aaron and Alexander captures the spirit of these two great men who so valiantly served their country and ultimately allowed their pride and ego to cause their demise.

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Children’s Books > History > United States > Colonial & Revolutionary

10. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

by: Chris BartonDon Tate
Release date: May 03, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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A cool idea with a big splash
 
You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.
 
A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

11. Ronaldo (World Soccer Legends)

by: Illugi Jökulsson
Release date: Feb 17, 2015
Number of Pages: 64
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The story of the ?ultimate footballer,” Cristiano Ronaldo. Covers the star’s youth in Madeira, his nicknames, his record with Manchester United, and includes a list of the numerous awards he has received. Updated throughout with stats from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

12. The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans

by: Barbara WalshLayne Johnson
Release date: Sep 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 40
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When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today. Author Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and artist Layne Johnson worked with experts, primary documents, and Moina’s great-nieces to better understand Moina’s determination to honor the war veterans.

A portion of the book’s proceeds will support the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple®, which benefits children of the U.S. military.

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Children’s Books > History > Military & Wars

13. Lightkeepers Girls Box Set: Ten Girls

by: Irene Howat
Release date: Oct 07, 2016
Number of Pages: 160
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This giftbox collection of colorful stories makes a perfect present that will delight young girls of every age. This edition includes Ten Girls Who Changed the World, Ten Girls Who Didn’t Give In, Ten Girls Who Made a Difference, Ten Girls Who Made History, and Ten Girls Who Used Their Talents.

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Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living

14. Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4)

by: Monica KullingTeresa Flavin
Release date: Dec 19, 2000
Number of Pages: 48
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An easy-to-read, page-turning account of Harriet Tubman’s life–from her childhood in slavery to her years as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to her later work as a suffragette and as a spy in the Civil War. This remarkable true story brings to life one of America’s greatest female role models.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

15. Basketball’s Greatest Players (Step into Reading)

by: S. A. Kramer
Release date: Oct 27, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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From Larry Bird and Michael Jordan to the hottest new legends such as LeBron James, this Step 5 Step into Reading early reader offers tons of facts about the best players in the game, what they were best known for, and how they got their start!
 
Step 5 Readers tell stories in chapters using longer paragraphs, for children who want to take the plunge into chapter books but still like colorful illustrations and photography.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Chapter Books

16. Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4)

by: Johanna Hurwitz
Release date: Nov 11, 1997
Number of Pages: 48
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When a childhood illness leaves her blind and deaf, Helen Keller’s life seems hopeless indeed. But her indomitable will and the help of a devoted teacher empower Helen to triumph over incredible adversity. This amazing true story is finally brought to the beginner reader level.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Physical Disabilities

17. Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

by: Amy NoveskyIsabelle Arsenault
Release date: Mar 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone, and cast rubber. Her most famous spider sculpture, Maman, stands more than 30 feet high.
 
Just as spiders spin and repair their webs, Louise’s own mother was a weaver of tapestries. Louise spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois’s childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works. With a beautifully nuanced and poetic story, this book stunningly captures the relationship between mother and daughter and illuminates how memories are woven into us all.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art > History

18. Face to Face with Wolves (Face to Face with Animals)

by: Jim Brandenburg
Release date: Aug 24, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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The Arctic wolf inches towards you. Like you, he is torn between fear and curiosity. His instinct leads him towards the scent of your leather boots. Your instinct is to reach out to this curious white canine. Suddenly, he snarls, and you’re face to face with a wild animal. For years, photographer Jim Brandenburg has observed lone wolves by moonlight, Arctic wolves leaping onto ice floes, and wolves hunting and foraging for food. Packs of gray wolves surround his house in Minnesota. Let him lead you on an intimate journey through their mysterious world, making a persuasive case for the protection of this threatened species, and showing how wolves and humans can live together.
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Biographies & Memoirs > Leaders & Notable People > Religious

19. Baseball’s Best: Five True Stories (Step into Reading)

by: Andrew GutelleCliff Spohn
Release date: Mar 24, 1990
Number of Pages: 48
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Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Hank Aaron—five amazing baseball legends. From the first black man to play major-league ball to the longest hitting streak ever, these are some of the game’s most inspiring stories. Find out what unforgettable feats won each player a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

20. Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims

by: Clyde Robert BullaPeter Buchard
Release date: Nov 01, 1990
Number of Pages: 112
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Tells of the adventurous life of the Wampanoag Indian, Squanto.
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Children’s Books > History > United States > Colonial & Revolutionary

21. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

by: Jen BryantMelissa Sweet
Release date: Sep 15, 2014
Number of Pages: 42
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2015 Caldecott Honor Book

2015 Sibert Medal Winner

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions — and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time.

Readers of all ages will marvel at Roget’s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Historical

22. Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution

by: Jean FritzTomie dePaola
Release date: Dec 29, 1997
Number of Pages: 64
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Go behind the scenes at the Constitutional Convention, thanks to award-winning author Jean Fritz’s words and illustrations by the incomparable Tomie dePaola!

This factual gem that’s written with Jean Fritz’s humorous touch chronicles the hot summer of 1787 where fifty-five delegates from thirteen states huddled together in the strictest secrecy in Philadelphia to draw up the constitution of the United States!


Includes a copy of the Constitution and those who signed it!

“An informative, interesting, and immensely readable account of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 . . . An excellent choice for introducing young readers to the complexities of the constitution.”—School Library Journal

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Children’s Books > History > United States > Colonial & Revolutionary

23. To the Top! Climbing the World’s Highest Mountain (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5)

by: Sydelle Kramer
Release date: Mar 31, 1993
Number of Pages: 48
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Illus. in full color. Here is the gripping story of Hillary and Norgay’s perilous ascent of Mount Everest as they battled snow and ice slides, whipping winds, and the grim knowledge that 19 others had died in the same attempt.
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Children’s Books > History > Exploration & Discovery

24. So You Want to Be President?: The Revised and Updated Edition

by: Judith St. GeorgeDavid Small
Release date: Aug 19, 2004
Number of Pages: 56
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This new version of the Caldecott-winning classic by illustrator David Small and author Judith St. George is updated with current facts and new illustrations to include our forty-second president, George W. Bush. There are now three Georges in the catalog of presidential names, a Bush alongside the presidential family tree, and a new face on the endpaper portraiture.
Hilariously illustrated by Small, this celebration by St. George shows us the foibles, quirks and humanity of forty-two men who have risen to one of the most powerful positions in the world. Perfect for this election year–and every year!
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Children’s Books > History > United States

25. Football Superstars 2015

by: K.C. Kelley
Release date: Aug 25, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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The biggest football superstars from last season come to life!

A new year, a new football season, and a new crop of superstars! Featuring the biggest stars from the biggest games of the past season. Each page will feature large full-color action photos of everyone’s favorite players. FOOTBALL SUPERSTARS 2015 will feature something for every football fan!

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games

26. Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse (Totally True Adventures): How the Red Sox Curse Became a Legend . . . (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

by: David A. KellyTim Jessell
Release date: Feb 24, 2009
Number of Pages: 112
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Before 1918, the Boston Red Sox were unstoppable. They won World Series after World Series, thanks in part to their charismatic pitcher-slugger Babe Ruth. But some people on the Red Sox felt the Babe was more trouble than he was worth, and he was traded away to one of the worst teams in baseball, the New York Yankees. From then on, the Yankees became a golden team. And the Red Sox? For over 80 years, they just couldn’t win another World Series. Then, in 2004, along came a scruffy, scrappy Red Sox team. Could they break Babe Ruth’s curse and win it all?
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Children’s Books > History

27. Malala: A Hero for All (Step into Reading)

by: Shana CoreyElizabeth Sayles
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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This Step 4 Biography Reader shares the inspiring story of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Even as a young girl in Pakistan, Malala spoke up about the importance of girls’ education, via speeches and a blog. Since the Taliban regime was intent on denying girls an education and silencing anyone who disagreed with their laws, this was very dangerous. Malala was shot, but she survived the attack and it did not silence her. In fact, she spoke at the United Nations on her sixteenth birthday, just nine months after she was shot. Malala’s resolve has only magnified her voice, delivering her message of human rights to millions of people.
 
Step 4 Readers use challenging vocabulary and short paragraphs to tell exciting stories. For newly independent readers who read simple sentences with confidence.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

28. Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts

by: Syl Sobel
Release date: May 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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With this year’s Democratic and Republican primaries being hotly contested, the 2016 presidential race is gearing up to be the most pivotal election this country has had in generations. Kids, parents, and teachers will certainly be discussing the election through November. So now is the perfect time to introduce Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts to young readers. Children will be fascinated by the history they’ll find in this book, including riveting facts about everything from George Washington’s election in 1789 to Barack Obama’s victories in 2008 and 2012. Questions asked and topics explored include:

  • Who can run for president?
  • Who can vote?
  • What is the Electoral College?
  • What is a third-party candidate?
  • Which Republican president had a Democrat for his vice president?
  • Who was the only U.S. president to be elected for more than two terms?
  • Which candidates have won the popular vote but lost the election?
  • Why was President Truman happy in 1948, when he read the Chicago Tribune headline that declared: “Dewey Defeats Truman”?

This book brings history and social studies classes to life as boys and girls learn about important people, places, and events in the history of presidential elections.

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Government

29. The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey

by: Louise BordenAllan Drummond
Release date: Aug 16, 2010
Number of Pages: 80
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In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children’s book manuscripts among their few possessions.

Louise Borden combed primary resources, including Hans Rey’s pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic true story. Archival materials introduce readers to the world of Hans and Margret Rey while Allan Drummond dramatically and colorfully illustrates their wartime trek to a new home.

Follow the Rey’s amazing story in this unique large format book that resembles a travel journal and includes full-color illustrations, original photos, actual ticket stubs and more. A perfect book for Curious George fans of all ages.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Literary

30. Soccer: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday (Magic Tree House (R) Fact Tracker)

by: Mary Pope OsborneNatalie Pope BoyceSal Murdocca
Release date: May 27, 2014
Number of Pages: 128
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Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday, they had lots of questions. How did soccer get started? Who are some of its greatest players? What is the World Cup? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts behind one of the world’s most popular sports.

Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. And teachers can use Fact Trackers alongside their Magic Tree House fiction companions to meet common core text pairing needs.

Have more fun with Jack and Annie on the Magic Tree House website at MagicTreeHouse.com!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Chapter Books

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