Picture Book Biographies: Men

The past few lists have featured people grouped by the kind of work they do, or did.  That left a few people– like explorers– who weren’t easy to fit into a theme.  So here’s a list of men with a variety of talents, which will be followed by a list of women.

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton; illustrated by Don Tate
“A picture book biography of John Roy Lynch, one of the first African-Americans elected into the United States Congress”–Provided by publisher.

American Slave American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Laurence Pringle; illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu
A biography of William Clark’s personal slave, who provided invaluable assistance to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson; illustrations by Benny Andrews
“A biography of John Lewis, Georgia Congressman and one of the ‘Big Six’ civil rights leaders of the 1960s, focusing on his youth and culminating in the voter registration drives that sparked ‘Bloody Sunday,’ as hundreds of people walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Includes a note by Congressman Lewis and a timeline”–Provided by publisher.

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III; illustrated by AG Ford
“An account of the author’s brief years shared with his civil rights leader father offers insight into their special bond, their separation during Dr. King’s imprisonment, and the author’s five-year-old witness to the famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.” – (Baker & Taylor)

Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; illustrations by Patrick Faricy
“Examines the life and military career of Robert Smalls, a Southern slave who coordinated the theft of a Confederate gunship, went on to be promoted to the rank of captain in the Federal Navy, and appealed to President Lincoln to enlist five thousand former slaves into the Union army, breaking the U.S. Armed Forces color barrier.” – (Baker & Taylor)

Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story by Janet Halfmann; illustrated by Duane Smith
“A biography of Robert Smalls who, during the Civil War, commandeered the Confederate ship Planter to carry his family and twelve other slaves to freedom, and went on to become a United States Congressman working toward African American advancement”–Provided by publisher.
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