Sunday, May 10, 2015

Great Read-aloud Biographies

Biographies can be extremely powerful read-alouds, as well as a segue into non-fiction.  Here are some of my all-time favorite picture book read-aloud biographies

Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull

I read it with a class of second-graders and you could have heard a pin drop as they listened.  The best part about biographies is that I can then use the power of technology to bring this great woman alive.  Here are two Youtube videos that are fabulous to show kids after reading the book:

Stories of olympic athletes overcoming great odds always make good reading.   Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee story, By Paula Yoo and Dom Lee is no exception,
especially when paired with the following footage from the 1948 and 1952 Olympics: (Sammy is about at 2:35)

A Splash of Red: The life and Art of Horace Pippin by Melissa Sweet

is a fantastic story of the self-taught artist, and can be paired with this profile from the online Museum Syndicate website

 that has photographs of Pippin as well as images of his work.

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