Biographies to Read Aloud with Kids: From Alvin Ailey to Zishe the Strongman

Biographies to Read Aloud with Kids: From Alvin Ailey to Zishe the Strongman

by Rob Reid


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The right biography can be as enthralling as any work of fiction, blending facts with gripping storytelling-this is a must-have guide to the best ones for adults to read out loud to kids.


Noted children's book authority Rob Reid offers a choice selection of exemplary biographies that will entertain and educate children about a variety of fascinating people and their places in history. Organized by topic, including sports, politics and leaders, the arts, science, and medicine, each annotation features a "10-Minute Selection" that showcases a particularly captivating episode of the book that can be read in one brief sitting. Parents, teachers, librarians, and other adults will find compelling and inspirational biographies for kids with the help of this useful resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937589578
Publisher: Huron Street Press
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 135
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

Rob Reid is a writer and an instructor at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He is the author of Family Storytime, Reid’s Read-Alouds, Silly Stories to Read Aloud, and Something Funny Happened at the Library and he writes regular columns on programming and children’s literature for Book Links and LibrarySparks magazines. He lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Categories and Styles of Biographies xii

How the Biographies Were Chosen xiii

The Library as a Partner xiv

1 Biographies of Individuals and Duos 1

2 Collective Biographies 103

3 Finding the Treasure Trove An Interview with Author Robert Burleigh 111

4 "Every Book Has a Different Answer" An Interview with Author Kathleen Krull 113

5 "Not Household Names, but Should Be" An Interview with Publisher Jason Low 117

Subject Index 119

Index 127

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