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20+ Picture Book Biographies

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Are you looking for biographies for kids to read? If so, make sure to check out these 15+ Biography Book Series for Kids (With Hundreds of Book Biographies to Choose From), along with this post that includes 25+ picture book biographies.

The books I have included here are all labeled as biographies, but some may be better described as “based on the life of . . .” I explained this further in the post with the biography book series for kids list.

Here is what I said there:

Some books are categorized as biographies, but they don’t contain only facts about that person. I attended a picture book meeting with some other authors earlier this year, and we discussed how frustrating this can be. Sometimes, there may be just a small note in the beginning or at the end of the book that says something about the author taking liberties with the story.

This is especially true when it comes to dialogue since there may not be any documentation showing exactly what someone had said in specific situations. In one book that was categorized as a biography, we learned there wasn’t much known about the subject’s childhood, so the author invented that entire portion (which happened to be the majority of the book). So, with that in mind, the books listed here are categorized as biographies, but there may be some that would be better described as “based on the life of . . .”

From 15+ Biography Book Series for Kids (With Hundreds of Book Biographies to Choose From)

Let’s begin our list of 20+ picture book biographies for kids.

20+ Picture Book Biographies

A Super Sticky Mistake: The Story of How Harry Coover Accidentally Invented Super Glue! by Alison Donald and illustrated by Rea Zhai, 2020

Yaba daba! Read about chemist Harry Coover’s accidental creation of cy-an-o-ac-ryl-ate (AKA “sticky stuff”), which he was able to perfect into something very useful called super glue.

Follow this book with a reading of Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre and illustrated by Zac Ret, published in 2013.

All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Nabi H. Ali, 2020

Read about Jennifer Keelan, who stood up for herself and others with disabilities as a young girl. She decided to not let anything STOP her from climbing the stairs of the U.S. Capitol on hands and knees (since she couldn’t use her wheelchair to ascend the steps). Reporters and bystanders watch as “tiny bits of dirt and rock dig into her skin” and “she drags herself up another step” and then another, all the way to the top!

Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet, 2011

Read about puppeteer Tony Sarg and “the upside-down puppets” that are seen each year in the Macy’s parade.

Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome, 2019

Read about Harriet Tubman before she was “Harriet”. (You can listen to author Lesa Cline-Ransome read this book on YouTube here if you would like.)

Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation by Kate Messner and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe, 2018

“It starts with one.” Read about one man named Ken Nedimeyer who used his passion to rebuild coral reefs and start the Coral Restoration Foundation. (According to the book, he once had 30 aquariums in his bedroom!)

Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by Raul Colon, 2019

Read about a “human computer” named Katherine Johnson who used her love of math to become a NASA mathematician.

Digging for Words: Jose Alberto Gutierrez and the Library He Built by Angela Burke Kunkel and illustrated by Paola Escobar, 2020

Read about a garbage collector named Jose Alberto Gutierres who searches for discarded books and starts a library for others to enjoy.

Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, The First Paleontologist by Linda Skeers and illusrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens, 2020

Read about Mary Anning whose curiosity and determination helped her to become a paleontologist, even when others didn’t believe women could be scientists.

(Note: This book does mention millions of years.)

Fauja Signh Keeps Going: The Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon by Simran Jeet Singh and illustrated by Baljinder Kaur, 2020

Read about Fauja Signh who ran his first marathon at the age of 81. And he kept going and became the first person to run a marathon at 100 years of age.

Hello Neighbor: The Kind and Caring World of Mr. Rogers by Matthew Cordell, 2020

“Let’s make the most of this beautiful day” and read about the life of Fred McFeely Rogers, who is more commonly known as Mr. Rogers, and the creation of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Jonas Hanway’s Scurrilous, Scandalous, Shockingly Sensational Umbrella by Josh Cruite and Eileen Ryan, 2020

Read about Jonas Hanway who introduced the idea of using an umbrella to the people of London. A scurrilous, scandalous, and shocking idea at the time!

Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines by Sarah Aronson and illustrated by Robert Neubecker, 2019

Read about Rube Goldberg who drew cartoons of complex creations to perform simple tasks in exaggerated ways.

Even though Rube Goldberg never actually built one of his creations, people today build what has become known as Rube Goldberg machines. Here is a video of the largest Rube Goldberg machine according to the Guinness World Records.

Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul and illustrated by John Parra, 2019

Read about Todd Bol who started the Little Free Library movement and became a literacy superhero.

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz, 2019

Read about Momofuku Ando who had a desire to create a quick and convenient bowl of noodles to feed hungry communities. His passion, desire, and determination led to the creation of ramen noodle soup.

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrated by Mircea Catusanu, 2017

Read about Noah Webster, the man who wrote the first dictionary in the English language. Even though Noah Webster lived from 1758–1843, he supposedly corrected, commented, and edited the text throughout this book. Of course, he didn’t really do that, but it does make the text more interesting and engaging.

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky, 2016

Read some interesting facts about Albert Einstein, such as he didn’t like to wear socks and he started talking at a later age than most children.

(Note: This does mention a smoking pipe.)

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, 2015

Read about the inspirational true story of a woman named Isatou Ceesay who creatively solves the problem of plastic bags piling up in her community.

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating and illustrated by Mara Alvrez Miguens, 2017

Read about Eugenie Clark, a woman who devoted her life to learning about sharks.

(Note: This book does mention millions of years.)

Sisters and Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Howard Bryant and illustrated by Floyd Cooper, 2018

Read about Venus and Serena Williams, two sisters who became female tennis player champions.

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Raul Colon

Read about Marie Tharp who created the first map of the Atlantic Ocean floor.

The Boy Whose Head was Filled with Stars: A Life of Edwin Hubble by Isabelle Marnov and illustrated by Devorah Marcero, 2021

Read about Edwin Hubble who pursued seeking answers to his questions about the universe, such as how the universe began and where it came from.

The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow and illustrated by Steven Salreno, 2019

Read about Edwin Binney, the inventor of Crayola crayons, and learn how crayons are made.

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Brb Rosenstock and illustrated by Mary Grandpre, 2014

Read about Vasya Kandinsky who didn’t paint like a “proper artist.” He heard colors and became one of the first painters of abstract art.

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and illustrated by Oge Mora, 2020

Read about a woman named Mary Walker who learned to read at the age of 116.

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter, 2011

Read about Jane Goodall and her life of observing chimpanzees in the wild.

The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter, 2017

Read about a Muslim woman named Zaha Hadid who became an architect and designed buildings all over the world.

Make sure to check out these 15+ Biography Book Series for Kids (With Hundreds of Book Biographies to Choose From) for additional picture book biographies that are part of a series.

What is your favorite picture book biography? Are there any you like that I didn’t include? Please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

Themed Books

15+ Biography Book Series for Kids (With Hundreds of Book Biographies to Choose From)

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I have enjoyed sharing themed book lists for kids on my website over the last couple of years, but I have never made a list as long as this one.

Who knew there were so many different biography series for kids available? And I didn’t even list them all!

In this post, I have listed more than fifteen biography series for kids to choose from and enjoy. Of course, each series contains multiple books, so this list includes over two hundred biography books for kids (and adults).

So many choices!

Some Considerations

I do have some caveats with this list that I’d like to mention before I share the book titles.

First, some books are categorized as biographies, but they don’t contain only facts about that person. I attended a picture book meeting with some other authors earlier this year, and we discussed how frustrating this can be. Sometimes, there may be just a small note in the beginning or at the end of the book that says something about the author taking liberties with the story.

This is especially true when it comes to dialogue since there may not be any documentation showing exactly what someone had said in specific situations. In one book that was categorized as a biography, we learned there wasn’t much known about the subject’s childhood, so the author invented that entire portion (which happened to be the majority of the book). So, with that in mind, the books listed here are categorized as biographies, but there may be some that would be better described as “based on the life of . . .”

You can’t really believe everything you read online or in books, I guess.

Second, everyone has a worldview. You have a worldview. I have a worldview. We all have a worldview. And, oftentimes, those worldviews are incorporated within books like these. Even if it’s unintentional. For example, consider two authors writing about the same person. One author is enamored by that person, but the other author has a strong distaste for that person. Even if they stick to the facts, the way in which they write and how they present the information may vary. It’s just something to keep in mind as you read about different people in books that have been written by different people and published by different companies.

Third, although my daughters and I have enjoyed reading many of these books, I have not personally read them all. So, I am not necessarily recommending all of these books. I simply wanted to share a list of some possible book biography series for kids. Please read them at your own discretion.

Fourth, if there is a particular person’s biography you are looking for, you may want to try using “cntrl” + “f” and type that person’s name in the search bar. I did not list all of the names of the people, though, so if you don’t find the name of the person you are looking for in this post, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the biography series I have listed don’t have a book about that particular person.

Fifth, affiliate links are included for your convenience, so you can easily find more information about many of the books. (I do make a small commission at no extra charge to you if you click on one of those links and make a purchase. I did spend many hours putting together this list, and the only compensation I make is from those purchases, so I do greatly appreciate it! Thank you for your support! Even if you don’t make a purchase, thank you for your support by visiting my website!)

Sixth, all of the Christian book series are marked with an asterisk.*

Seventh, since this post only contains biography series, I do hope to put together a list in the future of single picture book biographies (that are not part of a series). In the meantime, you are welcome to check out some of the other themed book lists I have on my website.

Themed Book Lists

Finally, below is the list of biography book series for kids. They are listed in alphabetical order by series. The books within each list may or may not be listed in any particular order. Books that I saw were numbered were listed by number. Otherwise, I listed the books as I found them (or in order of how the pictures loaded). I may not have found all of the books included within each series. So, some of these series may actually contain more books than I listed here. I still hope this list helps in some way.

Happy reading (and learning)!

Amazing Scientist

Read about Dr. Temple Grandin (The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin), Dr. Patricia Bath (The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath), Raye Montague (The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague), and Dr. Ella Ochoa (The Astronaut with a Song for the Stars: The Story of Dr. Ella Ochoa) in the Amazing Scientist series written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley.

Christian Heroes: Then & Now*

In Christian Heroes: Then & Now gift set 1-5, you can read about Gladys Aylward (Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime), Nate Saint (Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer), Hudson Taylor (Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China), Amy Carmichael (Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems), and Corrie ten Boom (Corrie ten Boom: Keeper of Angels Den) written by Janet and Geoff Benge.

In Christian Heroes: Then & Now gift set 6-10, you can read about Eric Liddell (Eric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold), William Carey (William Carey: Obliged to Go), George Muller (George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans), Jim Elliot (Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose), and Mary Slessor (Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar) written by Janet and Geoff Benge.

In Christian Heroes: Then & Now gift set 11-15, you can read about David Livingstone (David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer), Betty Greene (Betty Greene: Wings to Serve), Adoniram Judson (Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma), Cameron Townsend (Cameron Townsend: Good News in Every Language), and Jonathan Goforth (Jonathan Goforth: An Open Door in China) written by Janet and Geoff Benge.

In Christian Heroes: Then & Now gift set 16-20, you can read about Lottie Moon (Lottie Moon: Giving Her All for China), John Williams (John Williams: Messenger of Peace), William Booth (William Booth: Soup, Soap, and Salvation), Rowland Bingham (Rowland Bingham: Into Africa’s Interior), and Ida Scudder (Ida Scudder: Healing Bodies, Touching Hearts) written by Janet and Geoff Benge.

In Christian Heroes: Then & Now gift set 21-25, you can read about Lillian Trasher (Lillian Trasher: The Greatest Wonder in Egypt), Wilfred Grenfell (Wilfred Grenfell: Fisher of Men), Florence Young (Florence Young: Mission Accomplished), Loren Cunningham (Loren Cunningham: Into All the World), and Sundar Singh (Sundar Singh: Footprints Over the Mountains) written by Janet and Geoff Benge.

In Christian Heroes: Then & Now gift set 26-30, you can read about C.T. Studd (C.T. Studd: No Retreat), Rachel Saint (Rachel Saint: A Star in the Jungle), Clarence Jones (Clarence Jones: Mr. Radio), Count Zinzendorf (Count Zinzendorf: Firstfruit), and Brother Andrew (Brother Andrew: God’s Secret Agent) written by Janet and Geoff Benge.

In Christian Heroes: Then & Now gift set 31-35, you can read about Jacob DeShazer (Jacob DeShazer: Forgive Your Enemies), David Bussau (David Bussau: Facing the World Head-on), John Wesley (John Wesley: The World His Parish), C.S. Lewis (C. S. Lewis: Master Storyteller), and Isobel Kuhn (Isobel Kuhn: On the Roof of the World) written by Janet and Geoff Benge.

In Christian Heroes: Then & Now gift set 36-40, you can read about Elisabeth Elliot (Elisabeth Elliot: Joyful Surrender), D.L. Moody (D.L. Moody: Bringing Souls to Christ), Paul Brand (Paul Brand: Helping Hands), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Dietrich Bonhoeffer: In the Midst of Wickedness), and Francis Asbury (Francis Asbury: Circuit Rider) written by Janet and Geoff Benge.

In Christian Heroes: Then & Now gift set 41-45, you can read about Samuel Zwemer (Samuel Zwemer: The Burden of Arabia), Klaus-Dieter John (Klaus-Dieter John: Hope In the Land Of the Incas), Mildred Cable (Mildred Cable: Through the Jade Gate), John Flynn (John Flynn: Into the Never-Never), and Charles Mulli (Charles Mulli: We Are Family) written by Janet and Geoff Benge.

In Christian Heroes: Then & Now gift set 46-50, you can read about Richard Wurmbrand (Richard Wurmbrand: Love Your Enemies), John Newton (John Newton: Change of Heart), Helen Roseveare (Helen Roseveare: Mama Luka), Norman Grubb (Norman Grubb: Mission Builder), and Albert Schweitzer (Albert Schweitzer: Le Grand Docteur) written by Janet and Geoff Benge.

For more buying options, check out Rainbow Resource Center (not an affiliate link).

DK Life Stories

Read about Jane Goodall, Jesse Owens, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Ada Lovelace, Nelson Mandela, Leonardo da Vinci, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, Anne Frank, Katherine Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II, Gandhi, Alexander Hamilton, and Florence Nightingale in the DK Life Stories series.

For more buying options, check out Rainbow Resource Center (not an affiliate link).

Do Great Things for God*

Read about Corrie ten Boom (Corrie ten Boom: The Courageous Woman and The Secret Room), Betsey Stockton (Betsey Stockton: The Girl With a Missionary Dream), Gladys Aylward (Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman With a Big Dream), and Betty Greene (Betty Greene: The Girl Who Longed to Fly) in the Do Great Things for God series written by Laura Caputo-Wickham.

Food Heroes

Read about Alice Waters (Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious), Roy Choi (Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix), and Will Allen (Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table) in the Food Heroes series written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.

Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists

Read about the following artists in this series: Eugene Delacroix, James McNeill Whistler, Henri Rousseau, Camille Pissarro, Alexander Calder, Horace Pippin, Rene Magritte, Dorothea Lange, Titian, Francisco Goya, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, Giotto, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edward Hopper, Grandma Moses, Raphael, Jacob Lawrence, Paul Gauguin, Marc Chagall, Roy Lichtenstein, Faith Ringgold, El Greco, Pieter Bruegel, Paul Klee, Sandro Boticelli, Diego Rivera, Georges Seurat, Johannes Vermeer, Henri Matisse, Norman Rockwell, Grant Wood, Paul Cezanne, Salvador Dali, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Georgia O’Keeffe, Rembrandt, Leonardo Da Vinci, Claude Monet, Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh.

For more buying options, check out Rainbow Resource Center (not an affiliate link).

Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers

Read about the following composers in this series: Frederic Chopin, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Ludwig Van Beethoven, George Handel, PeterTchaikovsky, John Philip Sousa, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

For more buying options, check out Rainbow Resource Center (not an affiliate link).

Heroes of History for Young Readers*

Read about Meriwether Lewis (Meriwether Lewis: Journey Across America), George Washington Carver (George Washington Carver: America’s Scientist), George Washington (George Washington: America’s Patriot), Daniel Boone (Daniel Boone: Bravery on the Frontier), Louis Zamperini (Louis Zamperini: Survivor and Champion), Laura Ingalls Wilder (Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Little House Life), and Clara Barton (Clara Barton: Courage to Serve) in the Heroes of History for Young Readers series published by YWAM Publishing.


The Lightkeepers Boys Box Set includes the following books:

  • Ten Boys Who Changed the World: Brother Andrew; John Newton; Billy Graham; Eric Liddell; William Carey; David Livingstone; Nicky Cruz; Adoniram Judson; George Muller; and Luis Palau
  • Ten Boys Who Used Their Talents: Wilfred Grenfell; C.S. Lewis; James Clerk Maxwell; Ghillean Prance; Paul Brand; Johann Sebastian Bach; Samuel Morse; George Washington Carver; C.T. Studd; and John Bunyan
  • Ten Boys Who Made History: Samuel Rutherford; John Owen; Jonathan Edwards; George Whitefield; Robert Murray McCheyne; Dwight L. Moody; Billy Sunday; Charles H. Spurgeon; Aiden W. Tozer; and Martyn Lloyd–Jones
  • Ten Boys Who Didn’t Give In: Polycarp; Alban; Sir John Oldcastle; Thomas Cranmer; George Wishart; James Chalmers’ Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Nate Saint; Ivan Moiseyev; and Graham Staines
  • Ten Boys Who Made a Difference: Augustine of Hippo; Jan Hus; Martin Luther; Ulrich Zwingli; William Tyndale; Hugh Latimer; John Calvin; John Knox; Lord Shaftesbury; and Thomas Chalmers

The Lightkeepers Girls Box Set includes the following books:

  • Ten Girls Who Changed the World: Isobel Kuhn; Mary Slessor; Joni Eareckson; Corrie Ten Boom; Evelyn Brand; Gladys Aylward; Jackie Pullinger; Amy Carmichael; Elizabeth Fry; and Catherine Booth
  • Ten Girls Who Used Their Talents: Anne Lawson; Selina Countess of Huntingdon; Mildred Cable; Katie Ann Mackinnon; Sarah Edwards; Patricia St John; Helen Roseveare; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Mary Verghese; and Maureen McKenna
  • Ten Girls Who Made History: Mary Jane Kinnaird; Emma Dryer; Florence Nightingale; Lottie Moon; Ida Scudder; Jeanette Li; Henrietta Mears; Bessie Adams; Betty Greene; and Elisabeth Elliot
  • Ten Girls Who Didn’t Give In: Blandina; Perpetua; Lady Jane Grey; Anne Askew; Lysken Dirks; Marion Harvey; Margaret Wilson; Judith Weinberg; Betty Stam; and Esther John)
  • Ten Girls Who Made a Difference: (Monica of Thagaste; Katherine Luther; Susanna Wesley; Ann Judson; Maria Taylor; Susannah Spurgeon; Bethan Lloyd–Jones; Edith Schaeffer; Sabina Wurmbrand; and Ruth Bell Graham

Little Lights*

In Little Lights box set 1, you can read about Amy Carmichael (Amy Carmichael: Can brown eyes be made blue?), Hudson Taylor (Hudson Taylor: Could somebody pass the salt?), Corrie ten Boom (Corrie Ten Boom: Are all of the watches safe?), George Muller (George Müller: Does money grow on trees?), and Helen Roseveare (Helen Roseveare: What’s in the parcel?).

In Little Lights box set 2, you can read about David Livingstone (David Livingstone: Who is the bravest?), John Calvin (John Calvin: What is the truth?), Martin Luther (Martin Luther: What should I do?), Eric Liddell (Eric Liddell: Are you ready?), and Mary Slessor (Mary Slessor: What is it like?).

In Little Lights box set 3, you can read about C. S. Lewis (C.S. Lewis: Can you imagine?), Gladys Aylward (Gladys Aylward: Are you going to stop?), Lottie Moon (Lottie Moon: What do you need?), John Knox (John Knox: Who will save you?) and Charles Spurgeon (Charles Spurgeon: Who Is the Greatest?).

On My Own Biographies

Read about Booker T. Washington, Aunt Clara Brown (Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer), Martha Washington, Alexander Graham Bell, Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy), Laura Ingalls Wilder, Leif Eriksson, Florence Nightingale, Jackie Robinson, and Pocahontas in this series.

Ordinary People Change the World

In the Ordinary People Change the World series written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos, you can read about Malala Yousafzai, Oprah Winfrey, I. M. Pei, Frida Kahlo, Benjamin Franklin, Anne Frank, Leonardo da Vinci, Walt Disney, Marie Curie, George Washington, Jane Goodall, Sacagawea, Martin Luther King, Jr., Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, and more.

Activities and guides are available for this series here.

The Story of: A Biography Series for New Readers

Read about Thomas Jefferson, Katherine Johnson, Misty Copeland, Benjamin Franklin, Michelle Obama, Eliza Hamilton, Jim Henson, Jackie Robinson, Princess Diana, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, the Wright Brothers, Barack Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Alexander Hamilton, Malala Yousafzai, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, Fred Rogers, Helen Keller, John Lewis, Gandhi, Kamala Harris, Ruby Bridges, Nelson Mandela, Neil Armstrong, Leonardo Da Vinci, Frida Kahlo, Simone Biles, George Washington, Marie Curie, Jane Goodall, Anne Frank, and Stan Lee in this series for young readers.

Trailblazer Books*

There are forty books available in the Trailblazer Books series. I have not listed them all, but you can see the full list here.

There are curriculum guides (free at this time) available to go along with the following people (and books): Amy Carmichael (The Hidden Jewel: Introducing Amy Carmichael), Harriet Tubman (Listen for the Whippoorwill: Introducing Harriet Tubman), Martin Luther (Spy for the Night Riders: Introducing Martin Luther), Nate Saint (The Fate of the Yellow Woodbee: Introducing Nate Saint), George Müller (The Bandit of Ashley Downs: Introducing George Müller), David Livingstone (Escape from the Slave Traders: Introducing David Livingstone), Florence Nightingale (The Drummer Boy’s Battle: Introducing Florence Nightingale), and Hudson Taylor (Shanghaied to China: Introducing Hudson Taylor).

See the full list of books from the Trailblazer Books series here (not an affiliate link).


In Trailblazers box set 1, you can read about the following evangelists and pioneers: Billy Bray (Billy Bray: Saved From the Deepest Pit), Bill Bright (Bill Bright: Dare to be Different), Billy Graham (Billy Graham: Just get up out of your Seat), David Brainerd (David Brainerd: A Love for the Lost), and Joni Eareckson Tada (Joni Eareckson Tada: Swimming Against the Tide).

In Trailblazers box set 2, you can read about the following missionaries and medics: John G. Paton (John G. Paton: South Sea Island Rescue), Amy Carmichael (Amy Carmichael: Rescuer By Night), Adoniram Judson (Adoniram Judson: Danger on the Streets), Hudson Taylor (Hudson Taylor: An Adventure Begins), and Paul Brand (Paul Brand: The Shoes That Love Made).

In Trailblazers box set 3, you can read about the following preachers and teachers: John Stott, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Charles Spurgeon, George Whitefield, and Johnathan Edwards.

In Trailblazers box set 4, you can read about the following reformers and activists: John Knox, John Calvin, William Wilberforce, John Welch, and John Newton.

In Trailblazers box set 5, you can read about the following heroes and heroines: Corrie ten Boom, Brother Andrew, Richard Wurmbrand, George Müller, and Eric Lidell.

In Trailblazers box set 6, you can read about the following people in these books about arts and science: Michael Faraday, John Bunyan, Fanny Crosby, C.S. Lewis, and Patricia St. John.

In Trailblazers box set 7, you can read about the following American trailblazers: Jim Elliot, Elisabeth Elliot, Betty Greene, D. L. Moody, and Lottie Moon.


Read about Lin-Manuel Miranda (Trailblazers: Lin-Manuel Miranda: Raising Theater to New Heights), Amelia Earhart (Trailblazers: Amelia Earhart: First Woman Over the Atlantic), Martin Luther King Jr. (Trailblazers: Martin Luther King, Jr.: Fighting for Civil Rights), J.K. Rowling (Trailblazers: J.K. Rowling: Behind the Magic), Stephen Hawking (Trailblazers: Stephen Hawking: A Life Beyond Limits), Simone Biles (Trailblazers: Simone Biles: Golden Girl of Gymnastics), Albert Einstein (Trailblazers: Albert Einstein: The Greatest Mind in Physics), Beyoncé (Trailblazers: Beyoncé: Queen of the Spotlight), Neil Armstrong (Trailblazers: Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon), Jackie Robinson (Trailblazers: Jackie Robinson: Breaking Barriers in Baseball), Harriet Tubman (Trailblazers: Harriet Tubman: A Journey to Freedom), and Jane Goodall (Trailblazers: Jane Goodall: A Life with Chimps) in this Trailblazers series.

Who Was/ Who Is

I included pictures for 48 books from the Who Was? series, but there are over 200 titles available. You can see the list of titles here on the Penguin Random House website.

There is also a What is the Story of? series (found here) and a What Was? series (found here) and a Where Is? series (found here) that offer even more information about a variety of topics and places.

I searched for a while but have had trouble finding box sets for the Who Was? series. The only box set I found on Amazon is this What Is? America box set, which includes the following twenty-five books (with a mixture of books from the Who Was? series, Where Is? series, and What Was? series).

1. What Was the First Thanksgiving?
2. What Was the Boston Tea Party?
3. Who Was George Washington?
4. What Is the Declaration of Independence?
5. What Is the Constitution?
6. Where Is the White House?
7. What Is the Statue of Liberty?
8. What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?
9. What Was the Underground Railroad?
10. Who Was Abraham Lincoln?
11. What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?
12. Who Was Sojourner Truth?
13. Who Was Sitting Bull?
14. What Was the Wild West?
15. Where Is the Grand Canyon?
16. Where Is Mount Rushmore?
17. Who Was Amelia Earhart?
18. What Was the Great Depression?
19. Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?
20. What Was Pearl Harbor?
21. What Was the March on Washington?
22. Who Was Neil Armstrong?
23. Who Was Cesar Chavez?
24. What Is the Women’s Rights Movement?
25. What Were the Twin Towers?

Obviously, I did not include individual links for all of the books in this series, but I hope the links and pictures I did provide help guide you in the right direction if you want more information about them.

Please share any other recommendations for book biography series in the comments below.

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I have had the pleasure of being part of a picture book group that meets once a month to discuss picture books. In the past, the timing of the meetings often didn’t work with my schedule, so I have missed many of the meetings.

Now that we have been meeting virtually, though, I have been able to attend more often. It is such a joy to catch up with other authors and talk about picture books together!

This month, it was my turn to pick a topic to discuss. And I chose alphabet books.

10 Fun Alphabet Books

Alphabet Books

Without further ado, here are 10 alphabet books listed in alphabetical order that I had the opportunity to discuss with the group.

Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure by Brigitte Brulz (author) and Alyssa Brulz (illustrator)

Aah! A bird is blown away and crashes on a deserted island. Will he figure out how to get off the island? And who – or what – is following him? Find out in this comical alphabet misadventure that has only one to three words per page.

FREE teacher’s guide, maze, shadow puppet printable, adding and subtracting practice, and alphabet match to go along with Aah! Blown Away, Crash! can be found on Fun Extras!

I published this one with my daughter (who at the age of 12 did all of the illustrations), so I’m not going to expand any further on it here.

A B See by Elizabeth Doyle (author/illustrator)

Each uppercase letter is displayed on a page and is filled with illustrations of objects that start with that particular letter. Full sentences appear below each letter starting with the letter A: “Alligator admires an apple.”

After the page for the letter Z (“Zebra zips a zipper on zig-zag fabric.”), the entire alphabet is shown across two pages. Following that, all of the items that are shown in each of the letters are listed. So, readers can play “eye spy” throughout the pages. There are even some unique pictures to find such as “xenia coral”.

Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis (author) and Bob Kolar (illustrator)

Starting with “A is for App!”, the letter Z quickly steps in to say he is sick of being last, so the alphabet should go backwards. So, Z, Y, X, W, and then P follow. Yes, P. The letter P complains that even if the alphabet goes forwards or backwards, he’s still stuck in the middle, which isn’t fair. From there, the letters continue in all sorts of order: O, N, H, S, I, V, J, E, and F. At which point, the letter V stops the alphabet because F had said he was for two things, which isn’t fair to all the other letters who only said they were for one thing. T, L, K, C go, but letter V tries to step in to say something else. Readers can find illustrations of a vacuum, valentines, violets, volcano, and a vulture on the page with the letter V, and letter G comments that “V is for violence”. Finally, R, D, G, and B get their turn. Letter B has a lot to say and makes quite the mess! Letters M and Q follow. As the letters discuss whether or not all of the letters have had a turn, they realize one letter has been in the bathroom the whole time! Once that letter gets a turn, letter A finishes with a lot of words including “alphabet” and “apology accepted”.

Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! by Dr. Seuss (author/illustrator)

“BIG A little a What begins with A? Aunt Allie’s alligator…..A..a..A” This book offers a lot of repetition, both capital (“big”) letters and lowercase (“little”) letters, and words that begin with each of the letters. Have you ever heard of a Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz? Well, “you can plainly see” him in this book.

The rhythm of the book makes it easy to memorize after multiple readings – trust me, I know!

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker (author/illustrator)

The alphabet peas go through the alphabet of what jobs they have starting with “acrobats, artists, and astronauts” and ending with “zoologists”. A large letter on each page is displayed along with the peas acting out each of the jobs.

This could be a great addition to a theme on community helpers.

The Messy Alphabet Book: An ABC Book by Sesame Workshop

This book begins with Oscar the Grouch, so it gets messy pretty quick. He tells the reader to turn the page if they agree that it is time for a MESSY alphabet book. Cookie monster joins the fun for the letters A through H. “A is for applesauce dripped down the wall.” Then, Elmo joins in to make more of a mess for letters I through P. The mess continues as Ernie covers Q through T. Another Sesame Street character (Abby Cadabby according to my search) takes over for U and V, but she is quickly stopped by Oscar for not being messy. All of the characters complete W through Y together. Of course, after all the messy fun, it’s time for a nap…Zzzzz. Now, who is going to clean up the mess?

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy (author/illustrator)

This book is a story about a dog and mouse told in alphabetical order with only one to two words on each page. The pictures tell a lot of the story. For example, the first page begins with “Asleep” and shows a mouse sleeping. From there, the words and illustrations take the reader through the alphabet following the antics of the dog and mouse. Will they become friends by the end of the book?

Pirates Stuck at “C”: An Alphabet Adventure by Brooke Van Sickle (author) and Gabriela Dieppa (illustrator)

Arrr you looking for an alphabet adventure? Pirates Stuck at ‘C’ may be the book for you. “Arnold dropped the anchor to hold the ship in place…” beginning the adventure of the pirates searching for treasure. Does X really mark the spot? Follow along with the pirates adventure until the zany pirates zig-zag back out to sea. Yo ho ho and a book filled with laughs! (I was part of the launch team for this book, so I had received an advanced reader copy of it.)

If you want to watch Pirates Stuck at “C” read by author Brooke Van Sickle, you can here.

The Three Bears ABC: An Alphabet Book by Grace Maccarone (author) and Hollie Hibbert (illustrator)

Children who know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears may enjoy this alphabetical version. It begins with “Alphabet”, “Bears” (the characters), “Cool” (the porridge) and continues all the way until Goldilocks zips away.

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham (author) and Paul O. Zelinksky (illustrator)

A is for apple, but D is not for Moose. The impatient moose desperately wants a turn in the alphabet, which creates some comical moments. Finally, it’s time for the letter M for…Mouse? Oh no, Moose is not happy and tries to take over the rest of the letters. When Moose realizes there is only one letter left, he gives up in defeat. Surprise! Z really is for Moose – in a way. You’ll have to read this funny book to find out how.

Bonus Alphabet Books

Here are some additional alphabet books others had mentioned at the meeting (and three other alphabet books I remembered after the meeting).

Alphabet Boats by Samantha R. Vamos (author) and Ryan O’Rourke (illustrator)

Alphabet Trains by Samantha R. Vamos (author) and Ryan O’Rourke (illustrator)

Alphabet Trucks by Samantha R. Vamos (author) and Ryan O’Rourke (illustrator)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. (author), John Archambault (author), and Lois Ehlert (illustrator)

Mouse by Zebo Ludvicek (author/illustrator)

Q is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game by Mary Elting (author), Michael Folsom (author), and Jack Kent (illustrator)

Z is for Zebra: A Mosaic Menagerie by Judith Caseley (author/illustrator)

Alphabet Match Printable

The alphabet printable is available below for you to download, print (on cardstock for sturdier cards), cut out, and have some alphabet fun!

(One way to have alphabet fun: Create an alphabet scavenger hunt by hiding the alphabet cards around the house and matching them together when found.)

What is your favorite alphabet book?

Ramblings · Themed Books

23 Children’s Books with Raccoons

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I attended an SCBWI webinar in February entitled “Finding Your Agent Match” with author Carrie Pearson, which was very informative. Carrie discussed what agents do and don’t do, tips to getting a literary agent, ways to improve as an author both offline and online, website tips, social media tips, her literary agent history, how to create a list of “wants” and “not wants” of a literary agent, how to decide if a literary agent would make a good fit, query tips, and author resources.

I have researched literary agents in the past, but the webinar provided new insight into some aspects of choosing a literary agent. Needless to say, as with any of the other SCBWI events I have attended, I took lots of notes! 

Then, last month my monthly writer group also discussed information about literary agents and children’s book publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts.

So what do literary agents have to do with books about raccoons (which is the title of this post after all)? Well, I have been doing some research on literary agents and found a literary agent who is interested in representing a picture book about raccoons. 

Image by Kateřina Fojtíková from Pixabay 

How adorable! That made me wonder what picture books about raccoons have already been published. I discovered my library has quite a few to choose from. (As a side note, I read through all of these raccoon books in February when I was preparing for my March meeting before the library closed due to COVID-19. It will be nice when the libraries can open again. In the meantime, I have a list of books I want to check out from the library hanging on the refrigerator.)

Raccoon Appreciation Day isn’t until October 1st, but these picture books (and a couple of board books) with raccoons can be enjoyed all year long. Some of these books aren’t focused solely on a raccoon but include a raccoon as an important character.

Picture Books (and Board Books) about Raccoons

Pick Me Up, Mama! by Robin Luebs (Little Simon, 2009)

Simple rhyming text in this board book shows the love between a baby raccoon and her Mama. A sweet bedtime story.

Tails from History: A Raccoon at the White House by Rachel Dougherty and Rachel Sanson (Simon Spotlight, 2018)

This Ready-to-Read Level Two book tells the story of Rebecca the raccoon who became one of the many pets at the White House while President Calvin Coolidge was in office. Thanks to her mischevious ways, Rebecca ends up finding a new home at the National Zoo with some new raccoon friends.

Herman’s Letter by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury, 2015)

Herman the bear and Henry the raccoon are best friends. Unfortunately, Henry has to move away. They promise to write letters back and forth. Henry keeps his end of the promise by writing letters to Herman, but Herman is kind of jealous of all the fun Henry seems to be having in his new home and keeps putting off writing a letter. When Herman is finally ready to send a letter to his best friend, the post office is closed for the winter. What will Herman do now? He walks, strolls, tiptoes, leaps, climbs, and even sleeps his way to Henry’s house. The letters are included throughout the book in a fun lift-the-flap style.

Herman’s Vacation by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury, 2013)

Herman the bear and Henry the raccoon are going on a camping trip! The postcards they each send to family seem to tell a completely different experience. Herman is having a wonderful time while Henry is absolutely miserable. Herman, being such a good friend, notices that Henry isn’t having a good time. So, he comes up with a plan and works hard to turn their camping trip into a great vacation. Lift-the-tab postcards are included throughout the book.

Lucy in the City: A Story About Developing Spatial Thinking Skills by Julie Dillemuth and Laura Wood (Magination Press, 2016)

Lucy and her family scavenge the best garbage bins for some food. She’s so preoccupied with a jar of peanut butter she doesn’t realize her family has left, and she is all alone in the city. What will she do now? She thinks of what she had passed with her family and asks an owl to direct her to specific locations. She must follow his directions north, east, south, and west for the number of blocks he indicates to find her way home. A compass is shown on the bottom of each page spread along with a bird’s eye view of Lucy’s path. There are additional pages at the end of the book for parents, caregivers, and professionals that discuss spatial thinking and activities.

May I Come In? by Marsha Diane Arnold and Jennie Poh (Sleeping Bear Press, 2018)

Raccoon is scared of being alone during a thunderstorm, so he heads out in the storm to find a friend he can stay with for the night. Unfortunately, Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck do not have enough space. Finally, he reaches Rabbit who has a house full of rabbits. Will she have enough space? Yes! There is even enough space for Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck who have decided they also don’t want to be home alone.

Raccoon on the Moon by Russell Punter and David Semple (Usborne Publishing, 2015)

Rhyming text throughout tells the story of Raccoon who takes a trip to the moon. His adventure doesn’t go as planned, but some aliens on the moon give him a hand. Will he be able to safely make his way back? Of course he will, along with his new friend Zack!

Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio and Stephanie Graegin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017)

Manny wears visible capes every day after school. He proves how fearless, brave, strong, powerful, and invincible he is as he saves the world from creatures such as zombie bears and evil cloud monsters. But while at school, he wears his invisible cape, which gives him the courage to stand up to a bully teasing another student.

Just Like Daddy by Lucy Freegard (Sterling, 2019)

A young raccoon wants to be just like his Daddy when he grows up…brave, daring, smart, silly, strong, and fun to be with.

A Perfect Home for a Family by David L. Harrison and Roberta Angaramo (Holiday House, 2013)

Mama and Papa raccoon need a new place to live before their twins arrive. Will their real estate agent find them the perfect place?

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and Ruth E. Harper & Nancy M. Leak (Tanglewood Press, 1993)

Chester Raccoon doesn’t want to go to school but his mother shares an old secret with him. She kisses his hand and tells him he now has a kissing hand to remind him Mommy loves him. Chester makes sure his mother also has a kissing hand before he goes to school.

Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn and Barbara L. Gibson (Tanglewood Publishing, 2017)

Mrs. Raccoon sends Chester off to his first sleepover with a kissing hand. He has a lot of fun with his friends but ends up going home early to be back with his mom.

A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon by Audrey Penn and Barbara L. Gibson (Tanglewood Publishing, 2010)

It’s time for Chester to go to sleep, but he keeps imagining creepy creatures and is too scared to sleep. His mother appears and kisses his hand, giving him enough comfort to fall asleep.

Chester the Brave by Audrey Penn and Barbara L. Gibson (Tanglewood Publishing, 2012)

Chester’s mother tells him a story about a little bird who was hesitant to leave his nest. The bird finds courage after getting a feather on his wing from his mother. Chester decides from the story (and the kiss on his hand from his mother) that he can be brave enough to speak in front of the rest of his classmates.

School for Bandits by Hannah Shaw (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011)

Ralph is terribly unusual…he is too well behaved! His parents know just how to correct the problem. Ralph is sent to Bandit School to learn from Mrs. Mischief. Unfortunately, Ralph doesn’t do too well in school because he is too polite. Ralph is given an assignment that may seem impossible for him. He successfully completes the assignment in an unexpected way, causing Bandit School to become a School for Good Manners.

Waddles by David McPhail (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011)

In the spring, Waddles the Raccoon offers to sit on the nest of eggs of his friend Emily the duck. He takes his new job very seriously as he protects the eggs from a fox. He is still sitting on the nest when the five ducklings hatch. In summer, Waddles enjoys spending a lot of time with the ducklings. By autumn, the ducks have grown bigger and are ready to migrate. Winter is a lonely time for Waddles without Emily and the ducklings. Once winter is finally over, the ducklings return.

Mighty Mo by Alison Brown (Tiger Tales, 2014)

Mo is discouraged. It seems like he can’t successfully complete any job he tries. Will he ever find the perfect job? Yes, he does! Find the penguin and hidden robber throughout the pages.

Surprise! by Caroline Hadilaksono (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2018)

Raccoon, Squirrel, and Bear try to plan the perfect surprise welcome party, but it doesn’t go entirely as they planned.

Raccoon Tune by Nancy Shaw and Howard Fine (Henry Holt and Company, 2003)

The raccoons creep out at night to scavenge for a meal, and they end up with a delicious feast.

Taking Care of Mama by Mitra Modarressi (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2010)

Mama Raccoon is sick, but her family tells her they will take care of everything while she rests. Rhyming text throughout describes their busy day. How will the house look when Mama Raccoon wakes up and is feeling better?

Stay Awake, Sally by Mitra Modarressi (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007)

This is not your usual bedtime story. Sally insists she must go to bed, but Mom and Dad beg her to continue doing more activities instead of going to sleep.

Little Juniper Makes It Big by Aidan Cassie (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019)

Juniper feels her house is too big and she is too small. She invents crazy ideas to reach higher, which leads to some entertaining results. A sleepover at an even smaller friend’s house helps to change her perspective. Sure, there are still some things she doesn’t enjoy about being little but there are some advantages.

Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013)

Shhh! It’s a secret. I’m not telling you how the raccoon gets the pizza.

Have you read any of these raccoon books? If so, which one is your favorite?

Check out these posts for more books about animals:

25 Books About Owls

8 Books about Bats

Themed Books · Writing Appearances

10 Children’s Books for St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is already next week! If you are looking for a fun St. Patrick’s Day activity to do with your kiddos that is perfect for spring, make sure to check out my most recent post on Hands On As We Grow: Grow a Leprechaun Craft for St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick's Day Planted Leprechauns

My daughters and I actually made these on Thanksgiving Day, so I could submit my post by January 1st. The little leprechauns are still hanging out in one of our windowsills. My daughters had a lot of fun charting the growth of their leprechaun’s hair. They even held a contest amongst themselves on whose leprechaun’s hair grew the longest and the craziest. It didn’t take long for the leprechauns to receive their first hair cuts!

As a side note, I noticed my post was edited to include the words “Erin Go Bragh”. I have to admit, I had no idea what that meant. After a quick online search, I found that it means “Ireland till the end of time” or “Ireland Forever”. Interesting!

Besides doing some fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts, make sure to curl up and read a few St. Patrick’s Day books. All of the books I have listed below are books I was able to find at my library.

Books about Leprechauns

Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling

Count the leprechauns from one to ten as you repeat “Fiddle-de-fizz, ’tis magic, it is!” throughout this simple rhyming book.

The Littlest Leprechaun by Brandi Dougherty

Liam is a leprechaun who wants to have an important job like the other leprechauns. He tries many different jobs but discovers he is still too small to do any of them until someone needs his help, and he is just the right size for the job. Soon, he is busy doing many different jobs that only he can do with his new special friend.

How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace

A sneaky little leprechaun is on the loose and wreaking havoc throughout this rhyming picture book. The reader never learns how to actually catch a leprechaun but sees various examples of traps that didn’t work. The mischevious leprechaun was too smart or too quick for each one of the traps! Will you be able to make a trap to catch a leprechaun?

How to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess

This is another rhyming picture book. A group of kids devises a clever plan to trap a leprechaun, and they think it works. Unfortunately, the leprechaun escapes. But there’s no need to “shed a tear” since they can “try again next year”!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day by Roger Priddy

This rhyming board book tells all about leprechauns. The shamrocks are cut through the book and appear on every page going from biggest to smallest.

Books for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Let’s Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party by Rachel Lynette (8-12 years)

Learn about St. Patrick’s Day, St. Patrick, shamrocks, and how to throw your own St. Patrick’s Day party. Use this book as a reference of ideas as you consider food, decorations, invitations, and crafts to go along with a St. Patrick’s Day party.

Let’s Bake St. Patrick’s Day Treats! by Ruth Owen (6-9 years)

Use this book to learn how to make shamrock cookies, St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes, green pistachio muffins, a giant leprechaun cookie, a rainbow layer cake, and rainbow treasure cupcakes.

More Books for St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrating Holidays: Saint Patrick’s Day by Rachel Grack (4-8 years)

Simple text explains St. Patrick’s Day. A recipe for Irish soda bread is also included.

What is St. Patrick’s Day? by Elaine Landau (5-8 years)

Learn about St. Patrick, Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, symbols of St. Patrick’s Day, and more. The end has an explanation of how to grow your own “cup of green”. (I actually didn’t see this book until after we had already done our St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun grass project.)

Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting (4-8 years)

Rabbit decides to plant some shamrocks in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day. He continues to take care of his shamrocks plants as they grow day after day. Unfortunately, he gets up the morning of St. Patrick’s Day to discover his yellow pot filled with his precious shamrocks has disappeared and no one seems to know where it could have gone until…he talks to Goat. Will Goat and Rabbit be able to compromise in time for the St. Patrick’s Day parade?

Check out these posts for more themed books:

14 Children’s Books About Flowers

14 Children’s Books About Seeds, Plants, and Gardening

21 Children’s Books About Apples