We the People!

Learn more about America&s history through great Americans& biographies.

By Allison McDonald
Jul 03, 2014



Jul 03, 2014

There are so many great Americans to read about, and this list is far from definitive. I chose these 20 people based on the quality of books that are available about their lives and achievements. These aren’t just books that share facts; they will immerse the reader into the amazing lives and choices that these men and women made.

Susan B. Anthony -  Susan B. Anthony: Fighter for Freedom and Equality by Suzanne Slade

Elizabeth Blackwell - Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone

Ruby Bridges - The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

Frederick Douglass - Who Was Frederick Douglass? by April Jones Prince

Thomas Edison - Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives by Gene Barretta

Thomas Jefferson - Thomas Jefferson Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman

Helen Keller - Helen’s Big World by Doreen Rappaport

John Fitzgerald Kennedy - Jack’s Path of Courage by Doreen Rappaport

Martin Luther King, Jr. - My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris

Abraham Lincoln - Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters

Rosa Parks - Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

Sally Ride - Who Was Sally Ride? by Megan Stine

Jackie Robinson - Teammates by Peter Golenbock

Eleanor Roosevelt - Eleanor, Quiet No More by Doreen Rappaport

Wilma Rudolph - Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull

Sonia Sotomayor - Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter

Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone

Harriet Tubman - Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

George Washington - A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler

The Wright Brothers - Who Were the Wright Brothers? by James Buckley Jr.

Who would you add to the list? Share the title of your favorite great American biography on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page.

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