10 Amazing Picture Book Biographies

10 Amazing Picture Book Biographies

10 Amazing Picture Book Biographies

From actors to inventors to scientists, we love all these real-life tales of people who changed the world. Kids will love these beautifully illustrated stories, and maybe come away with a new role model!

1. Shark Lady 

We adore this amazing picture book biography of acclaimed scientist Eugenie Clark, who fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium.  Eugenie wrote herself into the history of science, earning the nickname "Shark Lady." Through her accomplishments, she taught the world that sharks were to be admired rather than feared and that women can do anything they set their minds to. (Part of our "Oceans and Sharks and Whales" collection!). 

2. The Leaf Detective 

This gorgeously-illustrated book introduces readers to Margaret Lowman, a pioneering rainforest scientist. From her childhood in New York to the rainforests of Australia and Africa, kids will marvel at Meg's passion and perseverance to protect and preserve the world's rainforest habitats. (Part of our "Inspiring Picture Biographies" collection!). 

3. The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars 

How many stars are in the sky? How did the universe begin? And where it did come from? Follow the incredible story of Edwin Hubble, master astronomer and namesake of the Hubble Space Telescope, from his childhood in Missouri to his incredible discoveries in astronomy and cosmology. (Part of our "Inspiring Picture Biographies" collection!). 

4. Alexander Von Humboldt, Explorer, Naturalist and Environmental Pioneer

Your child will be captivated by this story of the father of modern ecology. Whether sailing across the ocean, hiking through the jungle, or climbing the highest volcanic peaks, everywhere Alexander went, he observed the land, animals, and culture. And where others saw differences, Alexander spotted connections. (Part of our "Inspiring Picture Biographies" collection!). 

5. Whoosh

Summer just isn't summer without backyard water gun fights! Kids will love this incredible true story of Lonnie Johnson, NASA engineer and inventor extraordinaire of the original Super Soaker water gun. (Part of our "Inspiring Picture Biographies" collection!). 

6. Mae Among the Stars 

Introduce your kids to the inspiring true story of Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel into space. This beautifully-illustrated book will remind your kids that if you dream it, believe in it, and work hard for it, anything is possible (Part of our "Inspiring Picture Biographies" collection!).                                          

7. Little Audrey's Daydream 

For your tiny My Fair Lady in training! Kids will be mesmerized by this gorgeously illustrated biographical picture book about the life of acclaimed actress, style icon, and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn. Cue up Moon River and enjoy! (Part of our "Dresses and Daydreams" collection!). 

8. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real Life Tales of Black Girl Magic 


The New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series are packed with 100 bedtime stories about the lives of extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world.  The unique narrative style of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls transforms each biography into a fairytale, filling readers with wonder and a curiosity to learn more about each hero (Both part of our "Rebel Girls" collection!). 
Good Night Rebel Girls: 100 Real Life Tales of Black Girl Magic features:
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Toni Morrison
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Olive Morris
  • Ida B. Wells
  • Bessie Coleman

9. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women who Changed the World 

Good Night Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World features:
  • Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief
  • Diane von Fürstenberg, Fashion Designer
  • Gloria Estefan, Singer
  • Lupita Nyong'o, Actress
  • Madeleine Albright, Politician
  • Rihanna, Entrepreneur and Singer
  • Samantha Power, Diplomat

10. Pocketful of Colors

Kids will marvel at the inspiring true story of Mary Blair, one of the first female artists hired by Walt Disney Studios, who pioneered the use of color in animation, advertising, and amusement park rides. It's feminism meets all the colors of the rainbow! (part of our "Dresses and Daydreams" collection!). 

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