Posts Tagged ‘biographies’

More Biographies!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

After reading Ain’t Nothing But a Man, I was inspired.  Here are some great biographies that I recently came across.  These selected titles read more like a story and are absolutely wonderful!  Happy Reading!

  What to do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Crazy!

  Action Jackson



John Henry

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Ain’t Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson is a fascinating search to find out if there was a real man behind the legend and songs of John Henry.  Follow Nelson’s research as he finds clues, looks through prison records, and decodes song lyrics to help him in his quest.  I couldn’t put it down!  It was so exciting to see the search unfold.

To find out more about the legend of John Henry, click here.

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809. 

Find out more about his life by reading one of the many biographies we have here at the WPL.  For all of our books and movies on Lincoln, by subject, click here.

Find out what was happening in the United States when Lincoln was president by visiting our Civil War history collection.

Here’s a great website that has information on all of the Presidents of the United States.  Just click on Abraham Lincoln’s name or any other president you are interested in.

William Carlos Williams

Friday, August 14th, 2009

I love poetry! Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet have brought the life of William Carlos Williams to a new generation in their book, A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams.  Readers will learn about the life of one of the greatest American poets and his walk as both doctor and poet.  The illustrations are peppered with lines from his works as it becomes evident where the inspiration for his poetry came from: the Passaic River and natural surroundings of Rutherford, New Jersey.  

Apparent is the dedication of the author and illustrator to this project.  They have included a timeline of Williams’ life, housing important life events, publication dates of his poetry, and what was happening all over the world at that time.  There is also an author’s note illustrator’s note, and a further reading list.  The websites included on the reading list are great resources to continue learning about the life and poetry of Williams as well as other poets and their works.  One of the links does not go through, so I have included the correct address here.

Well written text, along with wonderful, engaging  illustrations, makes this title a must for those interested in poetry and/or biographies.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

so much depends



a red wheel



glazed with rain



beside the white


Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

I have recently fallen in love with Eleanor Roosevelt and, lucky for me, there have been some tremendous biographies that have come out lately all about my heroine!  One of the latest titles is Eleanor, Quiet No More: the Life of Eleanor Roosevelt.  Written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Gary Kelley, Eleanor, Quite No More follows Eleanor’s life story from her childhood through her years at the White House to becoming ”First Lady of the World.”  Each page includes quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt about her life experiences.  The illustrations are inviting and truly capture this remarkable woman and what she accomplished. 

Another wonderful Eleanor Roosevelt biography which came out a few years ago is Our Eleanor: a Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Remarkable Life.  This title goes into detail providing time lines, documents, photographs, stories, and much more.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt