Bestselling Biographies Books for 8 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling biographies books for 8 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. Smile

by: Raina Telgemeier
Release date: Feb 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 224
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Raina Telgemeier’s #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir based on her childhood!

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.
 

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

2. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit)

by: Kate SchatzMiriam Klein Stahl
Release date: Mar 23, 2015
Number of Pages: 64
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“This is not a book. This is a guest list for a party of my heroes. Thank you for inviting us.”–Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events books

“I feel honored to be included in this book. Women need to take radical steps to become feminists, and to be strong to fight for their rights and those of others facing oppression and discrimination. The world needs rad women to create a just society.”–Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader, Civil Rights Activist

“It’s almost always with a chuckle that I view a cartoon image of myself. But to see cartoon-me positioned (alphabetically) amongst so many of my women heroes and role models . . . well, I just broke down and cried. Happy tears. I surely hope that this one-of-a-kind collection of radical American women reaches the hands of all children who want to grow up and become amazing women.”–Kate Bornstein, author of My New Gender Workbook

“Any alphabet book for children where ‘P is for Patti’ Smith and ‘X is for the women whose names we don’t know’ is something I can recommend, especially when the book is as well written, representationally diverse and vividly illustrated as this one.”–Francesca Lia Block, author of Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books

“I was totally in rapture reading this book. Bold women, bold colors, and fierce black paper cutouts. I cheer these histories of women who fight not for war or country or corporation, but for EVERYONE! I can’t wait for my son to read this.”–Nikki McClure, Illustrator of All in a Day

“I need 2 of these books, one to read to all the kids in my life and one to rip the illustrations out of so I can frame them! This MUST HAVE super fun read fills in the missing pieces in so many kids’ (and grown-ups’) educations. Couldn’t recommend it enough.”–Kathleen Hanna, singer, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin

Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet—but instead of “A is for Apple”, A is for Angela—as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King and helped shape the Civil Rights Movement.

And the list of great women continues, spanning several centuries, multiple professions, and 26 diverse individuals. There are artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble-rousers, and agents of change of all kinds.

The book includes an introduction that discusses what it means to be “rad” and “radical,” an afterword with 26 suggestions for how you can be “rad,” and a Resource Guide with ideas for further learning and reading.

American history was made by countless rad—and often radical—women. By offering a fresh and diverse array of female role models, we can remind readers that there are many places to find inspiration, and that being smart and strong and brave is rad.

Rad American Women will be appreciated by various age groups. It is Common Core aligned for students grades 3 – 8. Pre-school and young children will be captured by the bright visuals and easily modified texts, while the subject matter will stimulate and inspire high-schoolers and beyond.

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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1900s

3. I am Jane Goodall (Ordinary People Change the World)

by: Brad MeltzerChristopher Eliopoulos
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. Learn all about Jane Goodall, the chimpanzee scientist.
 
Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant historical figure, told in a simple, conversational, vivacious way, and always focusing on a character trait that makes the person a role model for kids. The heroes are depicted as children throughout, telling their life stories in first-person present tense, which keeps the books playful and accessible to young children. And each book ends with a line of encouragement, a direct quote, photos, a timeline, and a source list. This tenth book in the series features Jane Goodall, the scientist and conservationist who is famous for her work with chimpanzees.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

4. Stephen Curry: The Children’s Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up

by: Anthony Curcio
Release date: Aug 17, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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The Boy Who Never Gave Up is the inspiring true story of NBA superstar Stephen Curry. This Fully illustrated picture book biography tells the story of a young boy who many said was too short to play in high school, too weak to play in college and not good enough to play in the NBA.
Against all odds, this small boy who follows his dream, not only makes it to the NBA, but becomes one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball.
Children’s/Kids Picture Book Biography K-5
Be sure to check out the new release:
NFL All Stars 2017: Coloring and Activity Book for Adults and Kids featuring 30+ of today’s hottest stars including Ezekiel Elliott, Tom Brady, Julio Jones, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and so many more!
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

5. El Deafo

by: Cece Bell
Release date: Sep 02, 2014
Number of Pages: 248
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A 2015 Newbery Honor Book Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.

PRAISE FOR EL DEAFO
STARRED REVIEWS
“A standout autobiography. Someone readers will enjoy getting to know.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Worthy of a superhero.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This empowering autobiographical story belongs right next to Raina Telgemeier’s Smile (2011) and Liz Prince’s Tomboy.”
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diseases

6. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World

by: Cynthia Chin-LeeMegan HalseySean Addy
Release date: Jul 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neal Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change the world around her. Detailed collages and illustrations draw from various events in the women’s lives.
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Children’s Books > History

7. The Flea – The Amazing Story of Leo Messi

by: Michael Part
Release date: Aug 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 160
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The captivating story of soccer legend Lionel Messi, from his first touch at age five in the streets of Rosario, Argentina, to his first goal on the Camp Nou pitch in Barcelona, Spain. The Flea tells the amazing story of a boy who was born to play the beautiful game and destined to become the world’s greatest soccer player.
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Biographies & Memoirs

8. Ordinary People Change the World Gift Set (Ordinary People Change World)

by: Brad Meltzer
Release date: Oct 20, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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The New York Times bestselling series is now available in a box set!

What makes a hero? Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos answer that question, one great role model at a time. And now you can buy the first four—Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Albert Einstein—together in a wonderfully designed slipcase that includes an exclusive, autographed print, suitable for framing.

“This is not just a series of books,” says bestselling author Brad Meltzer. “This is my dream for my daughter. My dream for my sons. These aren’t just the stories of famous people. They’re what we’re all capable of on our very best days. This is our history and, I hope, our greatest legacy.”

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Children’s Books > History > United States

9. Who Was Walt Disney?

by: Whitney StewartNancy Harrison
Release date: Apr 16, 2009
Number of Pages: 112
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Walt Disney always loved to entertain people. Often it got him into trouble. Once he painted pictures with tar on the side of his family’s white house. His family was poor, and the happiest time of his childhood was spent living on a farm in Missouri. His affection for small-town life is reflected in Disneyland Main Streets around the world. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this biography reveals the man behind the magic.

This book is not authorized, licensed or endorsed by the Walt Disney Company or any affiliate.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Performing Arts > Film

10. Who Was Albert Einstein?

by: Jess BrallierRobert Andrew ParkerNancy Harrison
Release date: Feb 18, 2002
Number of Pages: 112
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Everyone has heard of Albert Einstein-but what exactly did he do? How much do kids really know about Albert Einstein besides the funny hair and genius label? For instance, do they know that he was expelled from school as a kid? Finally, here’s the story of Albert Einstein’s life, told in a fun, engaging way that clearly explores the world he lived in and changed.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Physics

11. The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step-Into-Reading)

by: Natalie StandifordDonald Cook
Release date: Oct 17, 1989
Number of Pages: 48
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It is one of the worst storms ever – the snow has not stopped for days and it is 30 degrees below zero. But somehow Balto must get through. He is the lead dog of his sled team. And he is carrying medicine to sick children miles away in Nome, Alaska. He is their only hope. Can Balto find his way through the terrible storm? Find out in this exciting true story!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

12. I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

by: Laurie Hernandez
Release date: Jan 24, 2017
Number of Pages: 192
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Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast and Dancing with the Stars champion Laurie Hernandez shares her story in her own words in this debut book for fans of all ages—with never-before-seen photos!

At sixteen years old, Laurie Hernandez has already made many of her dreams come true—and yet it’s only the beginning for this highly accomplished athlete. A Latina Jersey girl, Laurie saw her life take a dramatic turn last summer when she was chosen to be a part of the 2016 US Olympic gymnastics team. After winning gold in Rio as part of the Final Five, Laurie also earned an individual silver medal for her performance on the balance beam. Nicknamed “the Human Emoji” for her wide-eyed and animated expressions, Laurie continued to dance her way into everyone’s hearts while competing on the hit reality TV show Dancing with the Stars, where she was the youngest-ever winner of the Mirrorball Trophy.

Poignant and funny, Laurie’s story is about growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. She talks about her loving family, her rigorous training, her intense sacrifices, and her amazing triumphs. Be prepared to fall in love with and be mesmerized by America’s newest sweetheart all over again.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

13. I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World)

by: Brad MeltzerChristopher Eliopoulos
Release date: Jan 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times Bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer.
 
Even as a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African-American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it—peacefully, with powerful words. He helped gather people together for nonviolent protests and marches, and he always spoke up about loving other human beings and doing what’s right. He spoke about the dream of a kinder future, and bravely led the way toward racial equality in America.

This lively, New York Times Bestselling biography series inspires kids to dream big, one great role model at a time. You’ll want to collect each book.

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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1900s

14. Simone Biles: Superstar of Gymnastics: GymnStars Volume 6

by: Christine DzidrumsRicardo BufolinJoseph Dzidrums
Release date: Dec 29, 2015
Number of Pages: 64
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In the sixth installment of GymnStars, the award-winning children’s biography series chronicles the career and personal life of Simone Biles, the young gymnast who shattered numerous gymnastics’ records en route to becoming a three-time world champion and an Olympic favorite.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

15. I am George Washington (Ordinary People Change the World)

by: Brad MeltzerChristopher Eliopoulos
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times Bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. Learn all about George Washington, America’s first president.
 
George Washington was one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known. He was never afraid to be the first to try something, from exploring the woods around his childhood home to founding a brand new nation, the United States of America. With his faith in the American people and tremendous bravery, he helped win the Revolutionary War and became the country’s first president.
 
Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant historical figure, told in a simple, conversational, vivacious way, and always focusing on a character trait that makes the person a role model for kids. The heroes are depicted as children throughout, telling their life stories in first-person present tense, which keeps the books playful and accessible to young children. And each book ends with a line of encouragement, a direct quote, photos, a timeline, and a source list.
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Children’s Books > History > United States > Colonial & Revolutionary

16. Who Was Abraham Lincoln?

by: Janet PascalNancy HarrisonJohn O’Brien
Release date: Nov 20, 2008
Number of Pages: 112
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Born to a family of farmers, Lincoln stood out from an early age—literally! (He was six feet four inches tall.) As sixteenth President of the United States, he guided the nation through the Civil War and saw the abolition of slavery. But Lincoln was tragically shot one night at Ford’s Theater—the first President to be assassinated. Over 100 black-and-white illustrations and maps are included.
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Children’s Books > History > United States > Civil War Era

17. I am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change the World)

by: Brad MeltzerChristopher Eliopoulos
Release date: Jan 14, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this lively, collectible picture book biography series from New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer.
 
“Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography – for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in an entertaining, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren’t quite ready for the Who Was series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Amelia Earhart refused to accept no for an answer; she dared to do what no one had ever done before, and became the first woman to fly a plane all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. This book follows her from childhood to her first flying lessons and onward to her multi-record-breaking career as a pilot.
 
This engaging series is the perfect way to bring American history to life for young children, and to inspire them to strive and dream.
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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1900s

18. Who Was Amelia Earhart?

by: Kate Boehm JeromeNancy HarrisonDavid Cain
Release date: Nov 11, 2002
Number of Pages: 106
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Amelia Earhart was a woman of many “firsts.” In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1935, she also became the first woman to fly across the Pacific. From her early years to her mysterious 1937 disappearance while attempting a flight around the world, readers will find Amelia Earhart’s life a fascinating story.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

19. Lost on a Mountain in Maine

by: Donn FendlerJoseph B. Egan
Release date: Dec 23, 2013
Number of Pages: 128
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Based on the true account of a boy’s harrowing journey through the vast wilderness of the Katahdin Mountains, Lost on a Mountain in Maine is a gripping survival story for all ages.

Twelve-year-old Donn Fendler steps away from his Boy Scout troop for only a minute, but in the foggy mountains of Maine, a minute is all it takes. After hours of trying to find his way back, a nervous and tired Donn falls down an embankment, making it impossible for him to be found. One sleepless night goes by, followed by a second . . . and before Donn knows it, almost two weeks have passed, leaving him starving, scared, and delirious.

With rainstorms, black bears, and his fear of being lost forever, Donn’s journey is a physically, mentally, and emotionally charged story told from the point of view of the boy who lived it.

This title supports the Common Core State Standards.

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

20. Who Was Neil Armstrong?

by: Roberta EdwardsNancy HarrisonStephen Marchesi
Release date: Oct 02, 2008
Number of Pages: 112
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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and, to an audience of over 450 million people, proclaimed his step a ?giant leap for mankind.? This Eagle Scout built his own model planes as a little boy and then grew up to be a test pilot for experimental aircraft before becoming an astronaut. Over 80 black-and-white illustrations bring Armstrong?s story to life.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Astronomy & Space > Aeronautics & Space

21. Who Was Anne Frank?

by: Ann AbramsonNancy Harrison
Release date: Jan 18, 2007
Number of Pages: 112
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In her amazing diary, Anne Frank revealed the challenges and dreams common for any young girl. But Hitler brought her childhood to an end and forced her and her family into hiding. Who Was Anne Frank? looks closely at Anne’s life before the secret annex, what life was like in hiding, and the legacy of her diary. Black-and-white illustrations including maps and diagrams provide historical and visual reference in an easy-to-read biography written in a way that is appropriate and accessible for younger readers.
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Children’s Books > History > Holocaust

22. I am Helen Keller (Ordinary People Change the World)

by: Brad MeltzerChristopher Eliopoulos
Release date: Sep 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times Bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer

When Helen Keller was very young, she got a rare disease that made her deaf and blind. Suddenly, she couldn’t see or hear at all, and it was hard for her to communicate with anyone. But when she was six years old, she met someone who change her life forever: her teacher, Annie Sullivan. With Miss Sullivan’s help, Helen learned how to speak sign language and read Braille. Armed with the ability to express herself, Helen grew up to be come a social activist, leading the fight for people with disabilities and so many other causes.  

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Physical Disabilities

23. Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

by: Laurie Halse AndersonMatt Faulkner
Release date: Oct 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 40
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From the author of Speak and Fever, 1793, comes the never-before-told tale of Sarah Josepha Hale, the extraordinary “lady editor” who made Thanksgiving a national holiday!

Thanksgiving might have started with a jubilant feast on Plymouth’s shore. But by the 1800s America’s observance was waning. None of the presidents nor Congress sought to revive the holiday. And so one invincible “lady editor” name Sarah Hale took it upon herself to rewrite the recipe for Thanksgiving as we know it today. This is an inspirational, historical, all-out boisterous tale about perseverance and belief: In 1863 Hale’s thirty-five years of petitioning and orations got Abraham Lincoln thinking. He signed the Thanksgiving Proclamation that very year, declaring it a national holiday. This story is a tribute to Hale, her fellow campaigners, and to the amendable government that affords citizens the power to make the world a better place!

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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1800s

24. Snowman: The True Story of a Champion

by: Catherine HapkaRutherford Montgomery
Release date: Aug 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 160
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A twist of fate brings a man and horse together in this remarkable true story now available in a new version adapted by the author of the Marguerite Henry’s Ponies of Chincoteague series.

Snowman, an Amish plow horse, was bound for the meat market when Harry deLeyer, a Long Island riding instructor, spotted him at auction. After making eye contact with the gentle giant deLeyer decided to purchase him for $80.

At first, Snowman was just a horse that children rode during lessons, but when deLeyer sold him to a neighbor, the horse had other ideas. He would jump the high fences so he could return “home.” Harry then began training Snowman as a show jumper. Less than two years out of the plow fields, Snowman won the 1958 horse show jumping Triple Crown—the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year, Professional Horseman’s Association Champion, and Champion of Madison Square Garden’s Diamond Jubilee.

Snowman was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

25. WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide

by: Steve Pantaleo
Release date: Mar 24, 2015
Number of Pages: 208
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WWE Superstars like you’ve never seen them before! The WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide is an illustrated collection of all the biggest Superstars ever to have graced the WWE ring. Experience iconic Hall of Famers, promising young stars, and everything in between. This guide includes over 200 never-before-seen illustrations and all of your favorite Superstars of yesterday and today, topped off with facts, stats, and more.
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Arts & Photography > Performing Arts

26. Who Was George Washington?

by: Roberta EdwardsNancy HarrisonTrue Kelley
Release date: Jan 08, 2009
Number of Pages: 112
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In 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States. He has been called the father of our country for leading America through its early years. Washington also served in two major wars during his lifetime: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. With over 100 black-and-white illustrations, Washington’s fascinating story comes to life – revealing the real man, not just the face on the dollar bill!
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Historical

27. I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World)

by: Brad MeltzerChristopher Eliopoulos
Release date: Jun 17, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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“We can all be heroes” is the message entertainingly told in this picture-book biography series from #1 New York Times Bestselling author Brad Meltzer.

“Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography – for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a vivacious, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren’t quite ready for the Who Was biography series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Rosa Parks dared to stand up for herself and other African Americans by staying seated, and as a result she helped end public bus segregation and launch the country’s Civil Rights Movement.
 
This engaging series is the perfect way to bring American history to life for young children, providing them with the right role models, supplementing Common Core learning in the classroom, and best of all, inspiring them to strive and dream.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Historical

28. Who Is Jane Goodall? (Who Was…?)

by: Roberta EdwardsJohn O’BrienNancy Harrison
Release date: Nov 08, 2012
Number of Pages: 112
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A life in the wild!

Jane Goodall, born in London, England, always loved animals and wanted to study them in their natural habitats. So at age twenty-six, off she went to Africa! Goodall’s up-close observations of chimpanzees changed what we know about them and paved the way for many female scientists who came after her. Now her story comes to life in this biography with black-and-white illustrations throughout.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

29. Coco Chanel (Little People, Big Dreams)

by: Isabel Sanchez VegaraAna Albero
Release date: Feb 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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In this new series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. The first book follows Coco Chanel, from her early life in an orphange–where she is a genius with needle and thread–to her time as a cabaret singer, hat maker, and, eventually, international fashion designer. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Coco’s life at the back.

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

30. Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?

by: Roberta EdwardsTrue Kelley
Release date: Sep 08, 2005
Number of Pages: 112
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Leonardo da Vinci was a gifted painter, talented musician, and dedicated scientist and inventor, designing flying machines, submarines, and even helicopters.  Yet he had a hard time finishing things, a problem anyone can relate to.  Only thirteen paintings are known to be his; as for the illustrated encyclopedia he intended to create, all that he left were thousands of disorganized notebook pages.  Here is an accessible portrait of a fascinating man who lived at a fascinating time—Italy during the Renaissance.
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Arts & Photography > Individual Artists

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