Tuesday, January 31, 2012

5th grade book presentation: February

February's theme is biography and memoir! The only requirement is that the book be a minimum of 40pp long.

We have a great selection of both in the general and middle school sections of the school library, but if you would like to borrow from the public library, you can:

1) browse the B (biography) section of your
local public library, or

2) check out these
online biography resources (databases and websites) provided by KCLS to get ideas - but please remember that while this is a good place to start, there will not be biographies about all of these people written for a younger audience!

When you are looking at library books online, remember that the call number JB means it is was written for elementary and middle school readers, while YB means it was written for teens. If you need more information, click on "Reviews & More" beside the title or click on the title to see the number of pages.

Just a few of the books I would recommend from the school library are:

- Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson (about John Wilkes Booth)
- M
argaret Bourke-White: Adventurous Photographer by Christopher C. L. Anderson
She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer by Sally Hobart Alexander
- Claudette Colvin: Twice toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
- The Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students by Suzanne Jurmain (about a courageous teacher who tried to integrate her school in the 1830s)
- Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
- Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin by Susan Goldman Rubin (about the Holocaust)
- This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie by Elizabeth Partridge
- Onward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson by Dolores Johnson

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