Best Biographies Books for 7 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 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. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Caldecott Honor Book)

by: Carole Boston WeatherfordKadir Nelson
Release date: Aug 08, 2006
Number of Pages: 48
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This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman’s strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States > 1800s

2. 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

3. Christian the Lion

by: Anthony BourkeJohn Rendall
Release date: Mar 10, 2009
Number of Pages: 128
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As Ace and John, two friends, are searching for holiday gifts in London, they come across a lion cub for sale in Harrods, the famous department store! Unable to bear the thought of leaving the cub, Ace and John take him home and name him Christian. After a year of fun and mischief Christian has grown up, and Ace and John realize that their pet needs to be among other lions and deserves to live free, in his natural environment. Luckily, friends help introduce Christian to the African wild.

Christian the Lion tells the riveting true story of one animal’s ability to adapt to life in the wild, and captures the unexpectedly enduring connection between man and animal.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Lions, Tigers & Leopards

4. The Hero In You

by: Ellis PaulAngela Padron
Release date: Sep 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Acclaimed songwriter Ellis Paul brings the inspirational words from his songs to the pages of a new picture book! Based on his award-winning family album of the same name, The Hero in You introduces kids to thirteen real-life American heroes. From Chief Joseph to Rosa Parks, their remarkable, heroic lives motivate and encourage us to aim high and try our best. Also included is a special edition CD of The Hero in You with 14 songs and exclusive introductory tracks from Ellis Paul. Readers can listen along to the lyrical book text, then read additional facts about the heroes on each spread.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Music > Songbooks

5. Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story

by: Paula YooDom Lee
Release date: Apr 30, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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The inspirational true story of Sammy Lee, a Korean American who overcame discrimination to realize both his father’s desire that he become a doctor and his own dream of becoming an Olympic champion diver.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Prejudice & Racism

6. Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream

by: Crystal HubbardRandy Duburke
Release date: Jun 30, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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Now in paperback, the true story of Marcenia Lyle, an African American girl who grew up to become “Toni Stone,” the first woman to play for a professional baseball team

One day in the 1930s, Marcenia and the boys she plays ball with learn that Gabby Street, a famous baseball manager, is scouting children for a baseball summer camp sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals. Eager to earn a spot, Marcenia plays her best, but is discouraged when Mr. Street tells her there are no girls in his camp. Convinced that baseball is her destiny, Marcenia won’t give up, ultimately proving her skill and passion to Mr. Street and her dubious parents.

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Multicultural

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

by: Christine DzidrumsRicardo Bufolin
Release date: Jan 09, 2016
Number of Pages: 74
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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

8. 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: Apr 14, 2010
Number of Pages: 114
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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?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

tags:

Children’s Books > History

9. DK Readers: George Washington — Soldier, Hero, President (Level 3: Reading Alone)

by: DK Publishing
Release date: Jan 17, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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This biography of one of the most famous and recognizable American presidents mark DK’s commitment to bringing US history-based biographies to the DK Readers series. In George Washington, the young reader will learn about our first president’s childhood, his life as a farmer, statesman, general, and his days as president. The 48-page Level 3 books, designed for children who can read on their own, contain more complex sentence structure and more detail. Young readers will devour these kid-friendly titles, which cover high-interest topics such as sharks, and the Bermuda Triangle, as well as classics like Aladdin. Information boxes highlight historical references, trivia, pronunciation, and other facts about words and names mentioned. Averaging 2,400 to 2,800 words, these books offer a 50/50 picture-to-text ratio. The Dorling Kindersley Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children’s authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies. There is a DK Reader to interest every child at every level, from preschool to grade 4.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

10. Witness Men: True Stories of God at work in Papua, Indonesia (Hidden Heroes)

by: Rebecca Davis
Release date: Nov 20, 2014
Number of Pages: 144
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In 1938, in the remote highlands of a mountainous island, explorers discovered thousands upon thousands of tribal people. Missionaries began to come, to bring the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Little did they know that many of the people of the tribes were waiting . . . waiting . . . for someone to come and help them out of the darkness of their old way of life. Witness Men consists of true missionary stories that took place throughout the highlands of Papua, Indonesia, from 1955 to 2010, when one of the tribes received their first New Testaments.

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Children’s Books > Religions > Christianity

11. Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas

by: Gwendolyn HooksColin Bootman
Release date: May 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Vivien Thomas’s greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred Blalock. Vivien knew that the all-white school would never admit him as a student, but he hoped working there meant he was getting closer to his dream.

As Dr. Blalock s research assistant, Vivien learned surgical techniques. In 1943, Vivien was asked to help Dr. Helen Taussig find a cure for children with a specific heart defect. After months of experimenting, Vivien developed a procedure that was used for the first successful open-heart surgery on a child. Afterward, Dr. Blalock and Dr. Taussig announced their innovative new surgical technique, the Blalock-Taussig shunt. Vivien s name did not appear in the report.

Overcoming racism and resistance from his colleagues, Vivien ushered in a new era of medicine children s heart surgery. Tiny Stitches is the compelling story of this incredible pioneer in medicine.”

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Children’s Books > Biographies > Science & Technology

12. Lights in a Dark Place: True Stories of God at work in Colombia (Hidden Heroes)

by: Rebecca Davis
Release date: Nov 20, 2014
Number of Pages: 144
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Colombia has been known as a land of violence, but God is at work! Even though the Colombian people have reacted with violence to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God has delivered people from burning houses . . . God has healed ones who cursed . . . God has given people dreams and visions . . . God has rescued kidnapers . . . God has conquered demons of darkness. Read fourteen true stories of the Light of the World shining in the land of Colombia, South America.

Inspirational stories for preteen (ages 9-12) and suitable for read-alouds for younger children. Evangelical Protestant Christian missionaries (including women missionaries) take the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who then take it to their own people. Biographical true accounts bring the miraculous work of the gospel to life through personal testimonies of historical figures.

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Children’s Books > Religions > Christianity

13. I Dream of You Still: Early Years in Bath

by: Kimberly Labor
Release date: Apr 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 362
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A very young American woman leaves home in the late 1970s and starts a new life working in an English theatre—just the right environment to foster heady feelings of romance and heightened reality in her own life. Savouring her independence and enjoying the new adventure, she falls under the spell of a dashing, high-spirited young journalist, who is having trouble figuring out just who he is. Her ardent emotions and his confusion over his sexuality begin to take a toll on her. She finds an expressive outlet with an art form she had loved in earlier years, the dance. This is a story of youth and self-discovery, both serious and humorous, set in the green rolling hills of England’s West Country.
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Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Women

14. Morris and Buddy: The Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog

by: Becky HallDoris Ettlinger
Release date: Jan 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 40
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Morris Frank lost his sight in 1924, when he was only sixteen. One day, Morris’s dad read him an article about an American dog trainer living in Switzerland. This is the story of his relationship with Buddy, his own seeing eye dog.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

15. Noah’s Walk

by: Nekisha PickneyNoah Rattler
Release date: Jan 17, 2014
Number of Pages: 36
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Noah’s Walk follows Noah Rattler, as he walked from Houston, Texas to Los Angeles, California to raise awareness for homelessness. His journey covered 1,800 miles, over a four and a half month time span! Noah’s Walk talks about his accomplishments and challenges, while serving as a fun learning tool that teaches Civic Responsibility, Social & Cultural Awareness, Geography and much more… Noah’s Walk is suitable for all ages!
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Social Activists

16. The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth (On My Own History (Paperback))

by: Jean L. S. Patrick
Release date: Jan 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 48
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Introduce young readers to history through the stories of both real and fictionalized people. By focusing on a single important episode that describes a historical event, these books engage readers’ interests and imaginations. Written in a story format, each account relates events that really happened, often followed by a brief summary of the historical event to further explain the significance it had on history.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

17. Love to Langston

by: Tony Medina
Release date: Aug 30, 2006
Number of Pages: 40
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Fourteen poems offer young readers an exciting glimpse into the life of Langston Hughes, one of America’s most beloved poets. Each poem explores important themes in Hughes’s life — his lonely childhood, his love of language and travel, and his dream of writing poetry. Color illustrations throughout and extensive notes at the back of the book expand upon the poems, giving a broader picture of Hughes’s life and the time in which he lived.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry

18. Meg Mackintosh And The Mystery On Main Street (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Solve-It-Yourself Mystery)

by: Lucinda Landon
Release date: Sep 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 48
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The reader searches with Meg for clues to find a priceless family heirloom that Meg’s brother lost somewhere along Main Street.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

19. Nate Saint: Operation Auca (Torchbearers)

by: Nancy Drummond
Release date: Nov 20, 2012
Number of Pages: 160
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On January 8, 1956, Nate Saint and some other missionaries flew to an area near an Auca village and landed at strip of sand that they had named Palm Beach. This was Nate’s final flight for he and four other missionaries on the plane that day were martyred when tribesmen attacked with spears a few days later.
Although this was Nate’s last flight – it wasn’t the end of his work. What he and the other martyred missionaries had done for the Kingdom of God convicted many to listen to God’s call to mission. And the work of evangelism continued to the Aucas too. Many in that village came to accept Christ including several of the men who had thrown their spears on that terrible day.

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Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living

20. The Biggest and Brightest Light: A True Story of the Heart

by: Marilyn PerlynAmanda Perlyn
Release date: Mar 10, 2004
Number of Pages: 48
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This timely new book will inspire children and give them a real understanding of the feelings that come from giving. When six-year-old Amanda wanted to help her teacher who had a problem, she wondered what could she do? She thought of great ideas like making holiday decorations, baking cookies, and entering a contest. Through Amanda’s efforts to help her teacher, she discovered that helping someone else gave her the best feeling she ever, ever had. It was better than eating a chocolate sundae, better than opening up all the presents at her birthday party, and even better than the day she got her new wet-nosed puppy!The uniqueness of this incredibly inspiring book lies in the fact that The Biggest and Brightest Light it is a true story written by Amanda’s mother and beautifully illustrated by Amanda when she was only 16 years old. This tender story, written primarily for children ages 4 to 8, will tug at the heartstrings of readers of all ages and leave them looking for opportunities to follow Amanda’s example.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Performing Arts > Drama & Theater

21. Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko

by: Misuzu KanekoToshikado HajiriSally ItoDavid JacobsonMichiko TsuboiSetsuo Yazaki
Release date: Sep 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 64
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In early-1900s Japan, Misuzu Kaneko grows from precocious bookworm to instantly-beloved children’s poet. But her life ends prematurely, and Misuzu’s work is forgotten. Decades later her poems are rediscovered?just in time to touch a new generation devastated by the tsunami of 2011. This picture book features Misuzu’s life story plus a trove of her poetry in English and the original Japanese.

Big Catch:

At sunrise, glorious sunrise
it’s a big catch!
A big catch of sardines!

On the beach, it’s like a festival
but in the sea, they will hold funerals
for the tens of thousands dead.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry

22. Paul Cezanne (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists (Hardcover))

by: Mike Venezia
Release date: Feb 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Clever illustrations and story lines, together with full-color reproductions of Paul Cezanne’s actual works, give children a light yet realistic overview of this artist’s life and style.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art > History

23. I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote (Melanie Kroupa Books)

by: Linda Arms WhiteNancy Carpenter
Release date: Aug 11, 2005
Number of Pages: 40
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Full of humor and spunk – just like Esther!

“I could do that,” says six-year-old Esther as she watches her mother making tea. Start her own business at the age of nineteen? Why, she could do that, too. But one thing Esther and other women could NOT do was vote. Only men could do that.

With lively text and humorous illustrations as full of spirit as Esther herself, this striking picture book biography shows how one girl’s gumption propels her through a life filled with challenges until, in 1869, she wins the vote for women in Wyoming Territory – the first time ever in the United States!

I Could Do That! is a 2006 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.

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

24. Kofi, a Child of Lavie

by: Kofi Amouzou
Release date: Aug 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 178
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It costs a dollar a year for Kofi, a Child of Lavié, to go to school. In his African village, that is a lot of money. When Kofi turns thirteen, the worst happens. His parents have no money to pay the fees. Out of school, and facing a future of working on the farm he hates, he despairs. What happens next tugs at the heartstrings as Lavié comes to his rescue in an unexpected way.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Multicultural

25. Miss Colfax’s Light

by: Aimee BissonetteEileen Ryan Ewen
Release date: Mar 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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In 1861, at the age of 37, Harriet Colfax took on the job of lighthouse keeper for the Michigan City lighthouse off Lake Michigan. It was a bold and determined endeavor, especially since there were very few female lighthouse keepers in the country at that time. For 43 years, until the age of 80, Harriet kept her light burning, through storms, harsh winters, and changes in technology. This true story focuses on Harriet’s commitment and determination to fulfilling her charge and living life on her own terms. Excerpts from her actual log are included.
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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1800s

26. Turtle

by: Nick Baker
Release date: Aug 04, 2015
Number of Pages: 38
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A child with multiple disabilities is teased by his schoolmates, but guess what happens. This is a story about hurt feelings and making friends. It is about having people not like you, even when you can do special things, just because you are different from most other kids.
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Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Composers & Musicians

27. Living Water in the Desert: True Stories of God at work in Iran (Hidden Heroes)

by: Rebecca Davis
Release date: Nov 20, 2015
Number of Pages: 144
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One man was overcome by the missionary’s kindness. Another was stopped by a vision of men in blue.  One became sick and tired of his own religion. Another saw a man named Jesus in a dream, coming to him on a donkey.  A girl found a strange book on the floor of the library and visited a secret prayer meeting. All of them eventually came to Jesus Christ for His full and free salvation, becoming missionaries to their own people. Seventeen chapters tell true stories of the Living Water pouring out on the country of Iran, even up to the present day.

Inspirational stories for preteen (ages 9-12) and suitable for read-alouds for younger children. Evangelical Protestant Christian missionaries (including women missionaries) take the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who then take it to their own people. Biographical true accounts bring the miraculous work of the gospel to life through personal testimonies of historical figures.
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Children’s Books > Religions > Christianity

28. Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball

by: David A. KellyOliver Dominguez
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Lena Blackburne loved baseball. He watched it, he played it, he coached it. But he didn’t love the ways players broke in new baseballs. Tired of soggy, blackened, stinky baseballs, he found a better way. Thanks to a well-timed fishing trip and a top-secret mud recipe, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud was born. For seventy five years, baseball teams have used Lena’s magic mud to prepare baseballs before every game. Read the story of how Lena’s mud went from a riverbank to the major leagues and all the way to the Hall of Fame.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Sports & Recreation

29. Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Story of the the Dumb Ox (Saints Lives)

by: Mary Fabyan WindeattSr. Mary Jean Dorcy O.P.
Release date: Mar 01, 1993
Number of Pages: 63
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Shows how St. Thomas was big, quiet and slow to speak, thus being called the “Dumb Ox” by fellow students. Shows for children 10 and up how this “Dumb Ox” became the greatest teacher in the history of the Church. Impr. 81 pgs 16 Illus, PB
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Christian Books & Bibles > Catholicism > Saints

30. 2014 Basketball Superstars (NBA)

by: K.C. Kelley
Release date: Feb 25, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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All the action from the basketball court . . . now on the page!

Highlighting 2014’s top basketball stars on the court. Including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker and many more! Features detailed player information and tons of fantastic photos.

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

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