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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100 Women who Shaped World History
by Gail Meyer Rolka
from Bluewood Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$2.40 (1 in stock)
A is for Abigail
by Lynne Cheney
1st edition from Simon and Schuster
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$16.99 $8.00 (1 in stock)
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: HISA-19CGR)
$6.76
Amelia to Zora
1st edition from Charlesbridge
for 3rd-5th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$6.76
American Experience Storybook
Copper Lodge Library
by Stephanie B. Meyer
from Classical Conversations
for 4th-8th grade
in Classical Conversations (Location: CUR-CC)
$16.99
Answering the Cry for Freedom
by Gretchen Woelfle, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
from Calkins Creek
for 4th-7th grade
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: HISA-18REV)
$16.99
Before They Were Authors
from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$4.80 (1 in stock)
Black Heroes of the American Revolution
by Burke Davis
1992 Odyssey Classics edition from Clarion Books
for 5th-8th grade
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: HISA-18REV)
$7.64
Book of Golden Deeds
by Charlotte M. Yonge
from Living Book Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$11.89
Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$7.20 (1 in stock)
Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall
from Vintage Books
for 9th-Adult
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$4.80 (1 in stock)
Boys Who Rocked the World
by Michelle Roehm McCann
Reprint from Beyond Words Publishing
for 5th-7th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
Brave Companions
by David McCullough
Reprint from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$6.40 (1 in stock)
Carved in Ebony
by Jasmine L. Holmes
from Bethany House
for 10th-Adult
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$15.29
Children's Missionary Library
by Vernon Howard
from School of Tomorrow
for 1st-4th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Christians With Courage
by Ruth Johnson Jay
from Accelerated Christian Education
for 1st-4th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$3.60 (1 in stock)
Church History ABCs
by Ned Bustard, Stephen J. Nichols
from Crossway Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Church History for Kids (Location: XCH-KID)
$14.44
Coversations with Pioneer Women
Lockley Files
by Fred Lockley, Compiled and Edited by Mike Helm
from Rainy Day Press
for 10th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Cry for Action
by Melissa Stone
from Steck-Vaughn Company
for 4th-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$4.80 (1 in stock)
Famous Men of Greece
by John H. Haaren & A.B. Poland
from American Book Co.
Historical Reference for 5th - 10th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Famous Men of the Middle Ages
by John H. Haaren & A.B. Poland
from Yesterday's Classics
Historical Reference for 5th - 10th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HISW-MID)
$10.16
Famous Men of the Middle Ages
by John H. Haaren & A.B. Poland
from Feather Trail Press
Historical Reference for 5th - 10th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HISW-MID)
Fifty Famous People
by James Baldwin
from Yesterday's Classics
for 1st-4th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$8.46
Finishing Touch
by Bruce Bliven, Jr.
from Dodd, Mead
for Adult
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: ZCLE-BIO)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
First Book in American History
by Edward Eggleston
2nd edition from Lost Classics Book Co.
for 7th-9th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
Flying High
by Melissa Stone
from Steck-Vaughn Company
for 4th-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$4.80 (1 in stock)
For God and Country
by John Riddle
from Barbour Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Four American Inventors
by Frances M. Perry
from Yesterday's Classics
for 4th-8th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$10.16
Freedom's Children
by Ellen Levine
from Penguin Putnam
Biography for 4th-8th grade
in Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968) (Location: HISA-20CIV)
$6.79
Girls Who Rocked the World
by Amelie Welden, Michelle Roehm McCann
Reprint from Beyond Words Publishing
for 5th-7th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
Great Artists and Their Most Important Works
by Susie Hodge
from Quercus
for 9th-12th grade
in Art History & Appreciation (Location: ELE-ARTHIS)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Grover Cleveland, Again!
by Ken Burns
First Edition from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 3rd-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Hall of Fame Series for Boys and Girls Louis Pasteur / Florence Nightingale
by Laura N. Wood and Jeanette Covert Nolan
from Julian Messner
for 9th-Adult
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
Heart and Soul
by Kadir Nelson
Reprint from HarperCollins
for 2nd-4th grade
2012 Coretta Scott King Award
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
Hearts of Fire
by The Voice of the Martyrs
from Voice of the Martyrs
for 10th-Adult
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$6.40 (2 in stock)
Hero Tales
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
from Cumberland House
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$4.80 (1 in stock)
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: BIO-ANTH)
Hero Tales Volume I
by Dave & Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$12.74 $7.20 (3 in stock)
Hero Tales Volume I
by Dave & Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
Biography Anthologies for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Hero Tales Volume II
by Dave & Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
Hero Tales Volume III
by Dave & Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
Hero Tales Volume IV
by Dave & Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
Biography Anthology for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
Heroes
by Rebecca Hazell
from Abbeville Press
for 1st-5th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
Heroes Every Child Should Know
by H. W. Mabie
from Yesterday's Classics
Biography for 5th-8th grade
$11.86
Heroes of God
by Katie & Dan Montgomery
from Augsburg Fortress
for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
Heroes of Polar Exploration
by Ralph Andrist
from American Heritage Publishing Co.
for 6th-10th grade
in Horizon Caravel Books (Location: VIN-HOR)
Heroes of the Holy Life
by Wesley L. Duewel
from Zondervan
for 8th-Adult
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$4.80 (1 in stock)
Heroes of the Middle Ages
by Eva March Tappan
from Yesterday's Classics
Historical Fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HISW-MID)
$9.31
Heroines
by Rebecca Hazell
1st edition from Abbeville Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
Heroines of the American Revolution
by Alan Archambault
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: HISA-18REV)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
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