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Suggested Biographies for Second Grade


Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie De Paola

Tomie dePaola's stories from the momentous year his family built their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue highlight his wit, sense of humor, and strong family bonds. Continue the memoir with the rest of the 26 Fairmount Avenue series.

Recounts the life and accomplishments of Belva Lockwood, the first woman to practice law before the Supreme Court and to officially run for the presidency of the United States in 1884 and 1888.

Discover the true story of NFL star Ernie Barnes a boy who followed his dreams and became one of the most influential artists of his generation.

Hedy Lamarr's double life by Laurie Wallmark

Shares the life of the actress and inventor, detailing how she developed a groundbreaking communications system that still remains essential to the security of today's technology.

Kids who are changing the world by Sheila Sweeny Higginson

Have you ever wondered what you could do to change the world? Find out how kids are helping the environment, inventing incredible medical devices, aiding the homeless, designing apps so other kids won't ever have to eat alone in the cafeteria, and more! 

Gwen Frostic sought solace in art and nature. She learned to be persistent and independent--never taking no for an answer or letting her disabilities define her. An artist and business owner, Gwen dedicated her work and her life to reminding people of the wonder and beauty in nature.

Introduces the life and work of author and illustrator Edward Gorey and explains how, although it took him a long time to achieve all he wanted to do, he sought to be himself throughout his life.

John wants to be a preacher when he grows up a leader whose words stir hearts to change, minds to think, and bodies to take action. But why wait? When John is put in charge of the family farm's flock of chickens, he discovers that they make a wonderful congregation!

Traces the life of agriculturist George Washington Carver, highlighting his passion for plants at an early age and how he grew to become a celebrated scientist who found new uses for peanuts and changed the way people plant crops.