In this series of posts, I am sharing with you my review of 50+ biographies written for children, teens, and young adults. I have selected target characters from around the world to give a multicultural perspective to this long list. All of these books talk about people who have made a difference in their communities. I tried to stir away from the usual historical figures we often see in school books. Some of the characters presented here are internationally known, some are not so famous, but all of them are important in their quests for change. These books can lead into instructional units in Social Studies, STEM, and arts, and if nothing else, they are excellent resources for the improvement of literacy skills.
The books are organized according to the corner of the world where those real characters came from. Click on buttons below to find them. You can also click on the PDF file that lists the titles of 50+ books, target characters, and cultural groups they represent. When you read the annotated bibliography in the following pages, you will find the covers of all the books. All of them are linked to outside sources with further information about the books, authors, and history. Some authors provide teaching guides, videos, and extra resources to accompany their books, which are great additions to school lessons. I found all the books in local public libraries, but if they are not available in your area, you might be able to find most of them online on Youtube, Google Books, etc.
Take a trip around the globe with the biographies I have selected. Leave me a message with your opinion about this series. Have you used any of these books? Are there any other biographies you would like to recommend?