Biography Anthologies

One of the best ways to learn about a specific era is to read about it from the perspective of its key players. For instance, a good biography of Thomas Jefferson will often tell you much more about the American War for Independence and the writing of the Declaration of Independence than a textbook of the period can.

The problem with reading a good biography about one person, however, is that your view becomes fairly myopic. You might come away knowing a lot about Jefferson's experience in the Constitutional Conventions, but what about the other men involved? What were they thinking, what were their motivations, and where did they fit in the big picture?

That's where biography anthologies come in. A good anthology brings together a number of biographies that share something important in common, whether the subjects lived in the same time or place, or followed the same profession, or became famous for similar reasons. Without a common theme, biography anthologies are pretty much worthless.

Anthologies are also useful for quick reference, or for finding out about people you never knew existed, or for simply thumbing through on a lazy afternoon. We tend to think anything that educates is "merely" educational, and therefore worthless for any entertainment purposes; biography anthologies will educate, but they're also really fun.

There are one or two exceptions to the theme rule: a book like The Oxford Children's Book of Famous People doesn't have a particular unifying theme, but there are so many mini-biographies of so many people that it's more of an encyclopedia than a selection of related stories.

Perhaps the best biography anthologies we've seen are the Hero Tales books by Dave and Neta Jackson, each of which presents stories about important men and women of God through the ages. These are accessible, family-oriented, and accomplish what only the best books do: encourage readers to greater Christian faithfulness.

Our section was getting a bit bloated, so we put several titles in clearance. We're working on rebuilding it, but want only the best volumes. If you know of any excellent anthologies we should carry, please let us know. Our hope is that you'll find books here that are educational, entertaining, and edifying, and not just a bunch of irrelevant stories about dead people.

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A is for Abigail
by Lynne Cheney
1st edition from Simon and Schuster
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$10.00
All That Glitters
Perspectives on History Series
by Phyllis Raybin Emert
from History Compass
Historical Non-fiction for 6th-9th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: G4C-HIS)
$7.95
Amelia to Zora
1st edition from Charlesbridge
for 3rd-5th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Book of Golden Deeds
by Charlotte M. Yonge
from Echo Library
for 4th-8th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Boys Who Rocked the World
by Michelle Roehm McCann
Reprint from Beyond Words Publishing
for 5th-7th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Brave Companions
by David McCullough
Reprint from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Church History ABCs
by Ned Bustard, Stephen J. Nichols
from Crossway Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Church History for Kids (Location: J)
$16.99
Cry for Action
by Melissa Stone
from Steck-Vaughn Company
for 4th-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Fifty Famous People
by James Baldwin
from Yesterday's Classics
for 1st-4th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: L5A-FIC)
First Children: Growing Up in the White House
by Katherine Leiner
1st edition from Tambourine Books
for 4th-7th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Flying High
by Melissa Stone
from Steck-Vaughn Company
for 4th-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Freedom's Children
by Ellen Levine
from Penguin Putnam
Biography for 4th-8th grade
in Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968) (Location: G5E-HIS)
$7.99
Girls Who Rocked the World
by Amelie Welden, Michelle Roehm McCann
Reprint from Beyond Words Publishing
for 5th-7th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Heart and Soul
by Kadir Nelson
Reprint from HarperCollins
for 2nd-4th grade
2012 Coretta Scott King Award
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Heaven's Heroes
by David Shibley
from New Leaf Press
Biography for 4th-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$6.00
Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
Paperback, First Printing from Tolle Lege Press
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
2nd edition from Tolle Lege Press
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
Fir from McConnell Center
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Hero Tales Volume I
by Dave & Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$14.99 $9.00 (2 in stock)
Hero Tales Volume I
by Dave & Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
Biography Anthologies for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$10.00 (2 in stock)
Hero Tales Volume II
by Dave & Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$10.00 (2 in stock)
Hero Tales Volume III
by Dave & Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Hero Tales Volume III
by Dave & Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
Biography Anthologies for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Hero Tales Volume IV
by Dave & Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
Biography Anthology for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Heroes Every Child Should Know
by H. W. Mabie
from Yesterday's Classics
Biography for 5th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: L5A-FIC)
$12.56
Heroes of God
by Katie & Dan Montgomery
from Augsburg Fortress
for 1st-3rd grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Heroes of the Middle Ages
by Eva March Tappan
from Yesterday's Classics
Historical Fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: L5A-FIC)
$9.86
Jesus Freaks
by dc Talk & The Voice of the Martyrs
from Bethany House
for 7th-10th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Jesus Freaks Martyrs
by DC Talk
from Bethany House
for 9th-12th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$11.00 (1 in stock)
Jesus Freaks Revolutionaries
by DC Talk
from Bethany House
for 9th-12th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Jesus Freaks, Volume 2
by dc Talk
from Bethany House
for 9th-12th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
John, Paul, George & Ben
by Lane Smith
1st edition from Hyperion/Madison Press
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Lives of the Artists
by Kathleen Krull
Reprint from HMH Books for Young Readers
for 3rd-6th grade
in Great Artists (Location: I6B-ART)
$8.99
Lives of the Musicians
by Kathleen Krull
from Sandpiper Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Music History (Location: I)
$8.99
Outlaws of the Pacific Northwest
by Bill Gulick
from Caxton Press
for 7th-Adult
in Pioneer & Frontier Life (Location: G4C-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Outrageous Women of the American Frontier
Outrageous Women
1st edition from Jossey-Bass
in Pioneer & Frontier Life (Location: G4C-HIS)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Paths to Peace
by Jane Breskin Zalben
First Edition from Dutton Children's Books
for 5th-7th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Presidents of the United States
by Simon Adams
from Two-Can Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Remember the Ladies
by Cheryl Harness
from HarperCollins
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
Risking it All
Moments in American History
by Anne Souby
from Steck-Vaughn Company
for 4th-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Royal Faces
by Hugh Clayton
from Thames and Hudson
for 4th-9th grade
in Great Britain / England (Location: F3E-HIS)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Secret Believers
by Brother Andrew
from Revell Publishing
for 10th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$15.99
Seven Men
by Eric Metaxas
from Thomas Nelson Publishers
for 8th-Adult
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Seven Men
by Eric Metaxas
from Thomas Nelson Publishers
for 8th-Adult
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$16.99
Standing Tall: The Stories of Ten Hispanic-Americans
by Argentina Palacios
from Scholastic Reference
for 4th-7th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: O2F)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Ten Boys - Boxed Set
by Irene Howat
from Christian Focus Publications
Biography Collection for 3rd-7th grade
in Light Keepers (Location: N7D)
Ten Boys Who Changed the World
by Irene Howat
from Christian Focus Publications
Biography Collection for 3rd-7th grade
in Light Keepers (Location: N7D)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
Ten Boys Who Didn't Give In
by Irene Howat
from Christian Focus Publications
Biography Collection for 3rd-7th grade
in Light Keepers (Location: N7D)
Ten Boys Who Made a Difference
by Irene Howat
from Christian Focus Publications
Biography Collection for 3rd-7th grade
in Light Keepers (Location: N7D)
Ten Boys Who Made History
by Irene Howat
from Christian Focus Publications
Biography Collection for 3rd-7th grade
in Light Keepers (Location: N7D)
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