The Hayner Public Library District has Children’s Libraries at both locations. Each has a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction materials. Reading biographies can encourage young readers to reach for more in their lives as they read about people who have made a difference. Here are two new biographies from our collection:
For younger readers:
I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer; illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
This interesting book is told from Amelia’s point-of-view. She tells of her “unladylike” adventures when she was young. Amelia tells the story of her first flight when she was twenty-three and how she fell in love with flying. To save for her flying lessons, she worked different jobs. Amelia admits she wasn’t the best pilot; she just worked harder than anyone else. “Never let anyone stop you. Whatever your dream is, chase it.” Engaging illustrations and real photos of Amelia Earhart make this a “put on your list” book.
For older children:
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell; illustrated by Christian Robinson
Josephine Baker was a performer and civil rights advocate. She worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to some of the grandest stages in the world. She spoke with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Her story is one of struggle and triumph. The book offers page after page of captivating, animated illustrations and rhythmic text. The book is well researched and features innumerable points of discussion for readers about struggle for civil rights and race relations
Book reviews courtesy of Brenda V., Library Assistant