The Best New Elementary Biographies

Finding kid-friendly biographies just got easier. The experts at Junior Library Guild put together this list featuring the very best new biographies for elementary school readers. Check ‘em out below!


Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See

by Libby Romero

During the golden age of Muslim inventions, Ibn Al-Haytham, discovered how we see—and set the stage for the method we now know as the scientific process.


Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

by Jeffrey Brown

An inspiring picture-book biography of Louis Braille—a blind boy so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet.

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

by Debbie Levy, illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley

Get to know Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable.


Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

by Melissa Sweet

A mix of White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985.

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Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness

by Donna Janell Bowman, illustrations by Daniel Minter

A biography of William “Doc” Key, a former slave and self-trained veterinarian, who taught his horse to read, write, and do math.


A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent

by Anne Rockwell, illustrations by Floyd Cooper

The story of an African-American slave turned spy who crossed paths with Benedict Arnold but was never caught (and quite possibly saved George Washington).

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