It’s a new month, which means it’s time to focus on a new genre for our 2016 Reading Adventure!
This month, our family will be reading biographies.
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Personally, I think it’s important for kids to read about the lives of extraordinary people through biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs.Their stories not only share information, but inspire and challenge readers as well.
One thing I love about biographies is that there are so many to choose from. Unfortunately, this can also make it difficult to narrow down a few for your student to read. If your teen is hesitant to read a biography, I suggest that you sit down together and make a list of individuals she would like to learn more about. That will give you a focus and you can search for books based on that specific person.
Try to choose different styles of biographies, because they vary widely and you want to find something that grabs and keeps your child’s attention. Not sure where to start? Check out which biography is right for your student from Susan. You can also download a biography book report form to use with your kids.
Biographies for Older Kids
Here are five biographies I think would be wonderful for middle school kids to read.
The Diary of a Yong Girl by Anne Frank
This famous book tells what a young Jewish girl’s life was like during the horrors of the holocaust.
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
When she was 10, Malala’s region was taken over by the Taliban. One of their many rules was that no girls should go to school. Malala disagreed and stood up, fighting for her education. Taliban fighters shot her as she traveled home from school. No one thought she would live, but she did. Now she is a symbol of peace. In fact, she is the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
This is the story of two children, who lived years apart in the country of Sudan. Salva, a young boy forced from his home by rebels, destined to become one of the Lost Boys and Naya, a young girl whose daily quest for water consumes her life. Both endured hardships in this region. In the end, their lives intersect in a way that will delight your child.
Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
It’s the 1960s in a West Virginia mining town and Homer and his friends have dreams that are out of this world. These boys want to launch a rocket into space, something unheard of in this rough, blue collar town. This is the memoir that inspired the movie October Sky. It’s a great story inspiring kids to work hard for their dreams.
The Snow Baby: The Arctic Childhood of Admiral Robert E. Peary’s Daring Daughter by Katherine Kirkpatrick
Marie Peary was the daughter of Lieutenant Robert E. Peary, famous American Arctic explorer. It details an unusual life lived between America and the frozen tundra as her father kept up his quest to be the first man to reach the North Pole. This short book is full of adventure and introduces the reader to a world that few will ever encounter.
Aside from these biographies, check out these classic titles that will challenge teens and personal growth books that are appropriate for tweens & teens.
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