Biography by Genre

There are a lot more genres of biographies than we have listed here, but they aren't included because we simply don't have titles to put in them. Again, these categories are in place to help you narrow the focus of your search, and to find the book you need with as little frustration as possible.

Autobiographies & Memoirs are books written by the person about whom they're about. Autobiographies are explicitly biographical, written in order to impart information about the author's life and context; memoirs, on the other hand, are often more creative, and are usually about something bigger than the details of the subject's life.

While we don't encourage getting all your history from fiction (or even most of it), a good Biographical Novel will combine the best elements of fiction and biography into a personal portrait that imparts both the essence of the subject's life, and the cultural context in which he or she lived. Plus, they're just more fun to read.

You won't find any of these for people who lived more than a couple hundred years ago, but Photobiographies can be especially useful for helping readers understand the person and era they're learning about. Often times these don't have as much outright information as a more traditional biography, but enough quality photographs are a good compensation.

For younger kids (though there are some great ones for older readers, too), Picture Book Biographies help us visualize who it is we're reading about....or simply keep us interested. The best ones do both, and the very best ones do both while still highlighting the artist's vision and interpretation of people and events.

Different genres will fill different needs; if you're working on a big project or unit study, it's a good idea to select titles from all of them. The goal of listing them here is to help narrow your search; as our collection expands, we'll likely be adding genres to the list, and shaping your search results in increasingly precise and illuminating ways.

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10 Inventors Who Changed the World
by Clive Gifford
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All Creatures Great and Small
James Herriot Series Book 1
by James Herriot
from St. Martin's Press
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All That Glitters
Perspectives on History Series
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All Things Bright and Beautiful
by James Herriot
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All Things Bright and Beautiful
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by James Herriot
from St. Martin's Press
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All Things Wise and Wonderful
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All Things Wise and Wonderful
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Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
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Betrayal
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Bill Peet
by Bill Peet
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1990 Caldecott Honor Book
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Black Like Me
by John Howard Griffin & Robert Bonazzi
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Book of Golden Deeds
by Charlotte M. Yonge
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Boy on the Wooden Box
by Leon Leyson
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Children of the Storm
by Natasha Vins
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Co. Aytch
by Sam Watkins
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Coming In on a Wing and a Prayer
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D'Aulaire American Biographies Package
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Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos
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Egg and I
by Betty MacDonald
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Eleanor's Story
by Eleanor Ramrath Garner
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Every Living Thing
by James Herriot
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Falcons of France
by Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
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Farewell Summer
by Ray Bradbury
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Flying to the Moon
by Michael Collins
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Freedom's Children
by Ellen Levine
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Galileo and the Stargazers - CD
by Jim Weiss
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$14.95
Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon
by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
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1928 Newbery Medal winner
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$17.84
Genghis Kahn and the Mongol Horde
World Landmark #12
by Harold Lamb
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Genius
by Marfe Ferguson Delano
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Girl in a Cage
Stewart Quartet
by Jane Yolen, Robert Harris
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Going Solo
by Roald Dahl
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Golden Admiral
by F. Van Wyck Mason
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Grover Cleaveland, Again!
by Ken Burns
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Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
Paperback, First Printing from Tolle Lege Press
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Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
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Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
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Heroes Every Child Should Know
by H. W. Mabie
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Heroes of the Middle Ages
by Eva March Tappan
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Hiding Place
by Corrie Ten Boom
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Hiding Place
by Corrie Ten Boom
35th Anniversary Edition from Chosen Books
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Homesick: My Own Story
by Jean Fritz
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1983 Newbery Honor Book
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I Remember Laura
by Stephen W. Hines
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James Herriot Series
by James Herriot
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James Herriot's Dog Stories
by James Herriot
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Jesus Freaks
by dc Talk & The Voice of the Martyrs
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Joni
by Joni Eareckson Tada
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Journey and Ordeal of Cabeza de Vaca
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by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
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Journey That Saved Curious George
by Louise W. Borden
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Kennedy Assassinated! The World Mourns
by Wilborn Hampton
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Kon-Tiki
by Thor Heyerdahl
from Pocket Books
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