Downloadable Literature Guides

Biographies and Autobiographies
with Units to Guide Literature Circles

Most of these biographies are in your library! (If can't find them, you can order them by clicking the title links below.) They represent every genre! Check out two or three copies of each for your class. Let students choose their favorites and form literature groups. Give them copies of the unit to guide them to find the special treasure inside each book, to develop valuable skills, to problem-solve, and to help them work together as a group! Help children identify with true HEROES!

26 Fairmount Avenue, An Autobiography by Tomie dePaola
2013 Balloons Over Broadway--The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Barnum's Bones

Black Elk's Vision
A Lakota Story by S. D. Nelson

The Boy Who Invented TV (Philo Farnsworth) by Kathleen Krull
The Boy on Fairfield Street, Dr. Seuss by Kathleen Krull
The Buffalo Nickel by Taylor Morrison

Bull's Eye, The Biography of Annie Oakley
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley
The Extraordinary Mark Twain by Barbara Kerley
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino
George Washington's Teeth
by Deborah Chandra
The Hallelujah Flight by Phil Bildner
Harvesting Hope The Story of Cesar Chavez, by Kathleen Krull

Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo (Audrey Hepburn)
Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport
Leonardo's Horse by Jean Fritz
Lewis and Clark and Me by Laurie Myers
Lou Gehrig, the Luckiest Man by David Adler Buy the trio of Heroes with Handicaps units including
Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Mary on Horseback by Rosemary Wells

Monsieur Marceau by Leda Schubert
Odette's Secrets by Maryann Macdonald
The Perfect Wizard: Hans Christian Andersen

Phineas Gage, A Gruesome, but True Story of Brain Science by John Fleischman
Play, Louis, Play: The True Story of a Boy and His Horn by Muriel Harris Weinstein
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Riches of Oseola McCarty by Evelyn Coleman
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryan
Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan (Charlotte Parkhurst)
Sea Clocks (longitude and latitude) by Louise Borden (John Harrison)
Shakespeare and the Globe by Aliki
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret Unit--$14.95

Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker (historical fiction)
SPY! The Biography of Nathan Hale by Anna Myers
Stand Tall, Abraham Lincoln! by Judith St. George

Strong Right Arm, the Story of Mamie (Peanut) Johnson by Michelle Y. Green
The Tarantula in My Purse by Jean Craighead George
The Tarantula Scientist (Sam Marshall) by Sy Montgomery
That Book Woman--Pack Horse Librarians by Heather Henson
Thomas Edison, the Brilliant Inventor
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

When Marian Sang, The Biography
of Marian Anderson
Wilma Unlimited, Lou Gehrig, the Luckiest Man, and Hero of Bremen. $7.95


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Grades 3-8


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