What are the best biography books for children?

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    #1Helen Keller's Teacher

    Helen Keller's Teacher

    Helen Keller's Teacher by Margaret Davidson is a biography that features Anne Sullivan Macy (April 14, 1866 - October 20, 1936), Keller's inspirational teacher. The book is published by Scholastic.

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    Gerald Price
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This is a good book and one I really enjoyed. My problem here is I don’t believe this is at all a good biography book for children. I think there are countless other life stories that would surpass this one. More suited for ones that wanna dig deeper and not for kids. Avoid!"
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    #2The Heart Has Reasons

    The Heart Has Reasons
    The Heart Has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and Their Stories of Courage is a book by Mark Klempner with contributor Christopher R. Browning. The book is about the last surviving Dutch rescuers during the Nazi occupation of Holland.
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    Mary Simmons
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The Heart Has Reasons is an amazing book. This is about people in the Netherlands who rescued Jews during the Holocaust"
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    #3Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice

    Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice

    Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice is written by Ann Weil and illustrated by Gray Morrow. This tells the childhood of Eleanor Roosevelt who later on became the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, a US president.

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    Jeffrey Martin
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Found this book to lack a lot of information. Seems to be about stroking the ego of certain individuals while ignore actual facts. I don't think I'd give this book to a kid either. I don't really care for it and I don't think my kid did either, certainly would give it a pass."
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    #4Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer

    Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer

    Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer is written by Augusta Stevenson and illustrated by Ray Quigley. This tells the childhood biography of Ben Franklin as a young printer who grew up to become a founder of the United States.

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    Jacqueline Jacobs
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I like buying biography books for my kids so they can start learning about history at a young age, so I bought Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer. The author does a great job making the story interesting for children. My kids loved reading it and wanted to know what would happen next."
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    #5Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United States

    Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United States

    Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United States by Helen Albee Monsell and illustrated by Kenneth Wagner focuses on the childhood of Tom Jefferson. The book is published in 1989 by publisher Aladdin.

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    William Hopkins
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "I got this book for my son who is in 3rd grade to read for a school book report and he is constantly telling me all these things about the life of Thomas Jefferson as a child. I would definitely recommend this if you would like your child to learn a bit of history that's entertaining enough to keep them occupied."
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    #6Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator

    Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator

    Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator is a biography written by Beatrice Gormley and illustrated by Meryl Henderson about the childhood life of Earhart up to her mysterious disappearance. This is suitable for kids.

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    Jerry Cooper
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "My child is into reading science and history recently. I was looking for a good book to teach her about history a little bit. Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator has nice illustrations and is a easy read overal. My daughter liked it. She is now doing more studying on Amelia Earhart to try to find out what happened to her."
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    #7The Trouble Begins at 8 (Mark Twain Biography)

    The Trouble Begins at 8 (Mark Twain Biography)

    The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West is a biography written by Sid Fleischman on the life of Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain.

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    Claire Ma
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The Trouble Begins at 8 (Mark Twain Biography) is a fantastic biography book for children and adults alike. It's well-written, befitting its namesake, and has a lot of fascinating anecdotes from the life of one of America's most beloved writers. I loved it. "
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    #8Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross

    Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross

    Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross is written by Augusta Stevenson and illustrated by Frank Giacoia. This features the childhood life of Clara Barton, organizer of the Red Cross in 1881.

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    Henry Mason
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "I bought the book "Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross" for a friend of mine that volunteers in the Red Cross, and she really enjoyed reading it! The book is about Clara Barton, who organized the Red Cross in 1881. Nice one!"
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    #9George Washington: Our First Leader

    George Washington: Our First Leader

    George Washington: Our First Leader is a biography written by Augusta Stevenson and illustrated by E. Joseph Dreany. It features the narrative on the childhood of George Washingon and his preparation to lead the country.

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    Devansh Chauhan
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "i would suggest this to anyone with young kids"
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    #10Lincoln: A Photobiography

    Lincoln: A Photobiography

    Lincoln: A Photobiography from Houghton Mifflin social studies, and is authored by Russell Freedman. This is a biography of Abrahan Lincoln that received the Newbery Medal award.

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    Lu Gong
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Not a great book. Seems like the old version you might see in grade school . Not a lot of facts or actual history. Not the informed version it should be. Just an easy read for a quick school project in my opinion."
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    #11Amos Fortune, Free Man

    Amos Fortune, Free Man
    Amos Fortune, Free Man is a Newberry Medal Winner written by Elizabeth Yates and illustrated by Nora S. Unwin. This historical fiction novel was originally published in 1950. It tells the story of a 15-year old boy after being captured.
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    Timothy Myers
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Amos Fortune, Free Man is a historical fiction novel about a 15 year old child who was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts to be sold at auction. It follows his life up until he was 60 when he finally won his freedom. It's a chilling look at the past, and the mistreatment that was common place at the time. In addition, it is quite detailed in its descriptional accounts and really makes you feel like you were there. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I highly, highly recommend people read it if for nothing else than a piece of history. After all, without remembering the past we are doomed to repeat it."
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    #12The Art of My Neighbor Totoro

    The Art of My Neighbor Totoro

    The Art of My Neighbor Totoro is a children's non-fiction sequential art manga created by Hayao Miyazaki and Nobuhiro Watsuki. It is based on the film Totoro. 

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    Paul Miller
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Such a cool little book. If you are a fan of My Neighbor Totoro than this book is for you! I loved reading it and learning more about the film"
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    #13The Pot That Juan Built

    The Pot That Juan Built

    The Pot That Juan Built is a children's book written by Nancy Andrews-Goebel and illustrated by David Diaz. It is a biography of the acclaimed Mexican potter, Juan Quezada. It also includes an overview on how to make clay pots.

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    Douglas Perkins
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I can't say I was amazed by this book, but it was a decent read for me and my child. My son wanted to learn more about pottery, so I decided to check this book out based off a recommendation from a friend. My son soon realized that pottery may not be for him. We read through at least 2 chapters daily at home, but he was never in awe of the book. He was more interest in the main character Juan, then the pottery. As a book about pottery this book is decent, but the real highlight is the biography."
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    #14Pocahontas and the Strangers

    Pocahontas and the Strangers
    Pocahontas and the Strangers is a biography for young readers written by Clyde Robert Bulla and illustrated by Peter Burchard. It tells the historically accurate story of Pocahontas and her role during the early colonization period.
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    Miriam Espinosa
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is one of the only re-tellings of Pocahontas that I would want my kids to read. Rather than glossing over the truth of the tale, Pocahontas and the Strangers is forthright is discussing what really happened. In addition to appreciating its accuracy, the illustrations really come to life with vigor and vitality--they practically beg to be explored in depth. Young readers can tackle it on the own, and its perfect for reading to smaller ones as well."
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