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Hello All!

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for picture book biographies that are a little less traditional that I could study (not so linear). The only example I can think of is Before She Was Harriet.

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#1 - March 24, 2021, 02:53 PM
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Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but I enjoyed Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley, Preaching to the Chickens by Jabari Asim, and The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett.

#2 - March 25, 2021, 04:52 AM
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Donna Janell Bowman has a blog where she talks a lot about PB Biographies and different ways to structure them. Here is a link to her archives: https://www.donnajanellbowman.com/category/picture-book-biographies/

Just a ways down is a post about structure. But I'm sure if you scroll down more, you'll find some more helpful posts.

I'll look through my notes of bios I have typed up as mentor texts later today and jump back here if any unusual structures jump out at me. I love PB Bios!
#3 - March 25, 2021, 06:06 AM
Freaky Funky Fish ( Running Press Kids, May 2021)
Tell Someone (Albert Whitman, October 2021)
Peculiar Primates (Running Press Kids, Fall 2022)

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Wow, DJB is a great resource!
#4 - March 25, 2021, 05:04 PM
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#5 - March 25, 2021, 05:46 PM
Freaky Funky Fish ( Running Press Kids, May 2021)
Tell Someone (Albert Whitman, October 2021)
Peculiar Primates (Running Press Kids, Fall 2022)

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Deb, thanks for posting that wonderful link!
#6 - March 25, 2021, 05:47 PM
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Donna Janell Bowman has a blog where she talks a lot about PB Biographies and different ways to structure them. Here is a link to her archives: https://www.donnajanellbowman.com/category/picture-book-biographies/

Just a ways down is a post about structure. But I'm sure if you scroll down more, you'll find some more helpful posts.

I'll look through my notes of bios I have typed up as mentor texts later today and jump back here if any unusual structures jump out at me. I love PB Bios!


This is super late, but I just saw this and thank you so much for sharing that awesome link! I have a better idea of how to play around with the structure after seeing that. Thank you!
#7 - May 22, 2021, 11:33 PM
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I'm late to this thread, but I'll offer up a handout I have from some of my writing classes with examples of nonfiction picture books by text structure. I hope it sparks some ideas! https://creatingcuriouskids.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/nf-pb-structures.pdf
#8 - May 23, 2021, 09:11 AM
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WOOD, WIRE, WINGS (Calkins Creek, 2020)
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That's a great list Kirsten. Thank you.
#9 - May 23, 2021, 12:48 PM
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A PB biography that I recently read with a unique structure was The Diamond and the Boy by Hannah Holt, illustrated by Jay Fleck.
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