Picture book biographies

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen

Deborah Hopkinson, Qin Leng

This gorgeous picture book biography of one of the most beloved writers of all time pays tribute to an independent thinker who turned ordinary life into extraordinary stories and created a body of work that has delighted and...

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 Read reviewYayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity

Sarah Suzuki, Ellen Weinstein

Provides an introduction to the Japanese artist who is known for her use of dots.

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Frida Kahlo And Her Animalitos

Frida Kahlo And Her Animalitos

Monica Brown, John Parra

Containing a biography in narrative format, the artist Frida Kahlo's love of her pets and painting them is explored.

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Amazing Australians in Their Flying Machines

Amazing Australians in Their Flying Machines

Prue & Kerry Mason, Tom Jellett

Author and licensed pilot Prue Mason shares how a handful of early aviators helped Australia reach beyond its borders to lands far away.

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The Shack That Dad Built

The Shack That Dad Built

Elaine Russell

When Elaine Russell was five, her dad built the family a shack just outside the Aboriginal mission at La Perouse in Sydney. In this book, aimed at ages 4-8, she illustrates what life was like for an indigenous kid on the urban...

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The Darkest Dark

The Darkest Dark

The Fan Brothers, Chris Hadfield

A wonderfully warm and engaging picture book based on the inspiring, real life events of Astronaut Chris Hadfield, and how he overcame his fears to fulfil his childhood dream - to explore Space!

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Margot Lee Shetterly, Laura Freeman

Author Shetterly and illustrator Freeman bring the incredibly inspiring true story of four black female mathematicians who helped NASA launch men into space to picture book readers in this adaptation of Shetterly's #1 New York...

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Malala's Magic Pencil

Malala’s Magic Pencil

Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoet

Based on a true story from her childhood, and her inspirational life, Malala Yousafzai's first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them.

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Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?: The Story of Ada Lovelace

Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers?: The Story of Ada Lovelace

Tanya Lee Stone, Marjorie Priceman

Ada Lovelace is recognised today as history's first computer programmer - she imagined them 100 years before they existed!

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky

Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky invite the reader to travel along with Einstein, on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and science that shows the powerful difference imagination can make in any life.

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What's In A Name

What’s In A Name

Myles Walsh, Pitcha Makin Fellas

The story is about how the anglicised name of the author came to his family. The story is also about how the author's family history has many bits and pieces that are not known to him or his other family members. This is one...

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Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

Patricia Valdez, Felicita Sala

A picture-book biography of the early 20th-century woman who became the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum and went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo.

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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Javaka Steptoe

Visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe.

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 Special priceShackleton's Journey

Shackleton’s Journey

William Grill

Delicate drawings in vibrant colors bring the story of Shackleton's journey to life.

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Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Ana Albero

Meet the iconic first lady of fashion in this book for readers as young as 5 years. First in a brand new biography series that introduces children to history's highest achievers.

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Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Tanya Lee Stone, Marjorie Priceman

A nonfiction picture book telling the inspiring story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor.

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Remembering Lionsville

Remembering Lionsville

Bronwyn Bancroft

Renowned artist Bronwyn Bancroft's Remembering Lionsville brings to vivid life her family's oral history and her own childhood memories.

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A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights

A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights

Kate Hannigan

This picture-book biography illuminates the life of activist Belva Lockwood, a woman who fought for equality for women in the classroom, the courtroom and politics.

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 Read reviewSwan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Laurel Snyder, Julie Morstad

A picture book introduction to the life and career of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.

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The Peasant Prince

The Peasant Prince

Li Cunxin

This is your one chance. You have your secret dreams. Follow them! Make them come true ... In a poor village in northern China, a small boy is about to be taken away from everything he's ever known. He is so afraid, but his mother...

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The Story Of Robbie Maddison Freestyle Motocross Legend

The Story Of Robbie Maddison Freestyle Motocross Legend

Garry Fleming

In the world of free style motocross Robbie Maddison is truly a legend! From humble beginnings growing up in a small coastal town on the south coast of NSW to the roaring crowds on the world stage the Robbie Maddison story is...

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Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall, Susan Rich

The moving true story of the real bear named Winnie adopted by soldiers during World War 1, and the inspiration behind the nation's best-loved bear, Winnie-the-Pooh

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Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Amaia Arrazola, Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Discover the life of Audrey Hepburn, the famous actress, dancer and UNICEF ambassador. The next title in the Little People, Big Dreams series.

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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Maria Diamantes

Meet the first female flier to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean in this book for readers as young as 4 years. Part of the Little People, Big Dreams series that introduces children to history's highest achievers.

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The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie

The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie

,Andrew Larsen, Katty Maurey

A picture book biography of American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

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Marie Curie

Marie Curie

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Frau Isa

Meet the one of the world's most famous scientists in this book for readers as young as 4 years. Part of the Little People, Big Dreams series that introduces children to history's highest achievers.

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