Today it’s time to share what you’ve been reading lately; Jen at “Teach Mentor Texts” hosts this informative meme.
As part of working on my “Writing Non-Fiction for children” course, I have been reading a lot of NF picture books, especially biographies. Here are a few I read this past week:
A Boy Called Slow by Joseph Bruchac
This is the biography of Sitting Bull of the Lakota Sioux, from his early years as a boy named Slow, who did everything slow to age 14 when he earned his new named Sitting Bull. He would become a great warrior as Sitting Bull.
Boy in Motion: Rick Hansen’s Story by Ainslie Manson
Rick Hansen is inspiring and seeks to better the lives of those who are disabled. This biography tells about his early life and how he faced being disabled, when as a teen he was thrown from a truck and was paralyzed from the waist down. But he was determined and battled to overcome his challenges.
Helen’s Big World by Doreen Rappaport
Such an amazing biography of Helen Keller, from her early years right until the end of her life, when she was such an activist and writer. Beautiful illustrations and Helen’s own quotes throughout the book, make this a very inspiring, enjoyable biography.
Irena’s Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan
This biography tells the story of Irena Sendler who was, born to a Polish Catholic family. When the Germans occupied Poland and imprisoned the Jews into Warsaw’s ghetto, she used her position as a social worker to smuggle in food and medicines and then later to smuggle out Jewish children. Thousand s would be saved and she kept a record of who they were and where they were sent to in jars she buried. Another inspiring story.