Biography Texts

Marian Anderson

Children’s and Middle Grade Biographies
Freedman, R. (2004). The voice that challenged a nation: Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights. New York: Clarion Books.
Ryan, P., Selznick, B. (2002). When Marion sang: The true recital of Marian Anderson. New York: Scholastic.

Digital Texts 
University of Pennsylvania Library, Marian Anderson Collection: “A Life in Song”
United States Archives, Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial, Easter 1939
NPR, “Denied a Stage, She Sang for a Nation”
PBS, The American Experience, Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR): Marian Anderson
FDR Library, Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson

Benjamin Banneker

Children’s and Middle Grade Biographies
Conley, K. (1989). Benjamin Banneker. New York: Chelsea House.
Cox, C. (2000). Black stars: African American teachers. New York: Wiley.
Martin, I. (2014). Benjamin Banneker. Mankato, MN: Capstone.
Pinkney, A.D., Pinkney, B. (1998). Dear Benjamin Banneker. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers.
Pinkney, A. D., & Pinkney, B. (2012). Hand in hand: Ten Black men who changed America. New York: Disney/Hyperion.
Sullivan, O. R., & Haskins, J. (1998). African American inventors. New York: Wiley. 

Digital Texts
PBS, Africans in America: Benjamin Banneker
Library of Congress, America’s Library: Benjamin Banneker
Washington’s Interdependence Council: Benjamin Banneker Memorial
National Public Radio, “Politics of Slavery Shaped Nation’s Capitol”
National Archives, Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Banneker, 1791
Benjamin Banneker Historic Park and Museum, Catonsville, MD

Thomas Jefferson

Children’s and Middle Grade Biographies
Fradin, D. B., & O'Brien, J. (2003). Who was Thomas Jefferson? New York: Grosset & Dunlap.
Jurmain, S., & Day, L. (2011). Worst of friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the true story of an American feud.
Rosenstock, B., & O'Brien, J. (2013). Thomas Jefferson builds a library. Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights.
Thomas, P., & Innerst, S. (2015). Thomas Jefferson grows a nation.  Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek.
Kalman, M. (2014). Thomas Jefferson: Life, liberty and the pursuit of everything. New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.
Kerley, B., & Fotheringham, E. (2012). Those rebels, John and Tom. New York: Scholastic Press.

Digital Texts
Monticello Museum
Library of Congress: Thomas Jefferson
Library of Congress: Jefferson Papers
The New York Times: Thomas Jefferson
PBS: Jefferson
The History Channel: Jefferson
  
Helen Keller

Children’s and Middle Grade Biographies
Dash, J. (2001). The world at her fingertips: The story of Helen Keller. New York: Scholastic Press.
Garrett, L. (2004). Helen Keller. New York: DK Pub.
Hopkinson, D., & Colón, R. (2012). Annie and Helen. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.
Rappaport, D., & Tavares, M. (2012). Helen's big world: The life of Helen Keller. New York: Disney/Hyperion Books.
Sullivan, G. (2007). Helen Keller: Her life in pictures. New York: Scholastic Nonfiction.

Digital Texts
American Federation for the Blind: Helen Keller
American Federation for the Blind, Braillebug: Helen Keller Kids Museum
Perkins School for the Blind: Helen Keller Resources
Helen Keller Birthplace Virtual Tour
Helen Keller International
Helen Keller Foundation
Library of Congress, America’s Library: Helen Keller

John F. Kennedy

Children’s and Middle Grade Biographies
Cooper, I. (2003). The early years of John F. Kennedy. New York: Dutton Children's Books.
Heiligman, D. (2003). High hopes: A photobiography of John F. Kennedy. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
Kaplan, H. S. (2004). John F. Kennedy. New York, NY: DK Pub.
McDonough, Y. Z., & Weber, J. (2005). Who was John F. Kennedy? New York: Grosset & Dunlap.
O'Reilly, B. (2013). Kennedy's last days: The assassination that defined a generation.  New York: Henry Holt.
Rappaport, D., & Tavares, M. (2010). Jack's path of courage: The life of John F. Kennedy. New York: Disney-Hyperion Books.
Swanson, J. L. (2013). JFK assassination: The assassination of President John F. Kennedy. New York: Scholastic Press.

Digital Texts
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Library of Congress: John F. Kennedy
National Public Radio: John F. Kennedy
The New York Times: John F. Kennedy
PBS, The American Experience: The Kennedys

Eleanor Roosevelt

Children’s and Middle Grade Biographies
Adler, D. A., & Casilla, R. (1991). A picture book of Eleanor Roosevelt. New York: Holiday House.
Cooney, B. (1996). Eleanor. New York: Viking.
Feinberg, B. S. (2003). Eleanor Roosevelt: A very special first lady. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press. 
Freedman, R. (1997). Eleanor Roosevelt: A life of discovery. New York: Clarion.
Rappaport, D. (2007). Eleanor's big words. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.
Rappaport, D., & Kelley, G. (2009). Eleanor, quiet no more: The life of Eleanor Roosevelt. New York: Disney/Hyperion Books.

Digital Texts
FDR Library, Eleanor Roosevelt Biography
National First Ladies Library: Eleanor Roosevelt
PBS, The American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt
National Park Service, Val-Kill
New York Times Topic: Eleanor Roosevelt
Library of Congress, Eleanor Roosevelt
George Washington University, The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project


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