Picture Book Biographies!

Picture Book Biographies!

Sunday, September 4th at 2:00PM EST

Share a Picture Book Hero with Your Young Reader!

Find true tales and vibrant illustrations about:


  • Star athlete Jesse Owens and Civil Rights icon Andrew Young!


  • The brave warrior princess and great-great granddaughter of Gengis Khan, Khutulun!


  • The famous New York arts duo, Christo and Jeane-Claude!


  • Southern racial justice advocate and policymaker, Stacey Abrams!

Each figure faced unique adversities that speak to the stories of undocumented immigrants, African Americans in the struggle for equal rights, and women at the forefront of battle — all brought to life by four creative authors that we are delighted to present.

Join us for this wonderful virtual panel, where each book's author will discuss these amazing people and answer your young reader's burning questions! Featuring:

  • Covered in Color: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Fabrics of Freedom by ELISA BOXERChristo and Jeanne-Claude are renowned for their large-scale, ambitious art installations that wrapped landmarks and swaths of land in fabric. This lively biography chronicles their love story, as they left Soviet-controlled Bulgaria and became equal partners in both life and work.

  • Just Like Jesse Owens by PAULA YOUNG SHELTON! Paula Young Shelton delivers a powerful episode in her family's history about her father and co-author, Civil Rights icon Andrew Young. Having grown up in the South of the 1930s, he faced some of America's most profound challenges with early 20th century white supremacy. In this poignant illustrated book, an encounter with a reel of Jesse Owens at the movie theater changes Andrew Young's Life forever...
  • Warrior Princess: The Story of Khutulun by SALLY DENGJust like the fourteen brothers that came before her, Khutulun learned from an early age how to ride horseback, shoot arrows at full gallop and, most importantly, to wrestle. Yet as she grew older, her people wondered why their beloved princess had not yet married. Would she — could she — make the decision to become a wife and not a warrior?

  • Stacey Abrams and the Fight to Vote by TRACI N. TODD! Stacey Abrams, politician and Nobel peace prize nominee, is brought to life in this poetic picture book biography that follows Abrams's fight for voters' rights. Narrated by Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Septima Clark, and Fannie Lou Hamer, this amazing story tells how Abrams's work was inspired by those luminaries before her.

Sunday, September 4th at 2:00PM EST via Crowdcast!

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