Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Awesome Biographies for Kids

Thank you all so so much for your support yesterday when I aired some dirty laundry in my blog post.  The online teaching community really is an amazing place!  I know that most people are not intentionally trying to ignore the norms we have for our community, so I hope my post raised some awareness and opened some eyes.  Most importantly, I hope it gave people who needed a nudge in the right direction something to think about.

Enough about that!

Holy Cats!  Have you seen Time For Kids' biographies series???

I recently ordered a few because they were super cheap... less than $4 a book!  And I am overjoyed with how amazing these books are!

I ordered this one to "beef up" my historical women basket in my classroom library...

This book has everything... captions, photographs, timeline, perfect text for kids... I love it!!!

I also got Harriet Tubman, Abigail Adams, and Eleanor Roosevelt.  I got Henry Ford and Jesse Owens too.

We did a huge wax museum project with our 3rd graders last year... it was awesome, by the way... so I'm trying to stock up early with books that will actually allow them to read, search, and learn rather than them just typing in questions into Google to learn about their figure.

I can't WAIT to place another Amazon order for more TFK biographies!  Seriously... these are the best under $4 books I've ever purchased!

Stayed turned tomorrow because...

More details tomorrow!!!  And thanks, Kayla, at Primary Junction for making the cute button!


  1. These biographies are great! I spent some time researching biographies for younger kids at the end of the school year after a conversation with our librarian about the lack of good biographies in our library. She said they just aren't out there. I couldn't accept that, so the hunt was on! It IS hard to find them for first and second grade readers... I WAS able to find the Easy Reader Biographies set from Scholastic, a few of those you shared, and a couple more, so I put them on my list to buy this summer. I want to have a selection of reading levels and topics... My task has now been to find some good ones at this level for more current people. :0) I agree with you about the bio researching on the computer, and this is even more of a challenge for younger kids when the sites aren't always so reader friendly. Thanks so much for sharing!


  2. I found your blog yesterday very informative and disturbing as well. It is terrible that your work is being copied and resold as original. I can see why that would a more than a little upsetting. I neither sell on TpT (but I love your work and have purchased quite a bit) nor blog (yet). Your comments were educational and when I do muster the courage to start blogging they will be a guide for me.
    When I first discovered teacher blogs and TpT a few months ago I joyfully downloaded a bunch of freebies as well as purchases. I left feedback for the purchases because TpT makes that simple to do. I didn't leave thank you's for all the freebies because the links back are severed when you load them into dropbox and it can be quite a process to trace them back. I checked a bunch,though, and found that ones like yours that were more straightforward to get to I had left comments for (even yours took 4 backbutton clicks after an app change then a search of your TpT store to find the item. Maybe it's easier on a computer than an ipad?).
    Anyway I really wanted to just thank you for your hard work and to encouraged you to keep it up. It's appreciated by your thousands of followers.

  3. Thank you so much for this post!!! Our book room just got audited, and we have to have more biographies (as well as a poetry and multicultural section). I'm going to see if I can order them today!!!!!

    I went back and read what you wrote yesterday. Very well done!

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  4. Thanks for the info on biographies!! It's my smallest basket in my library and this will surely help!
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  5. When I was teaching third grade we started out doing a Wax Museum. Did it for years. It was a lot of work and sometimes difficult with children who weren't interested. I was instrumental in changing us out of that routine. But after not doing it for a bit, I realize how much I miss it. It was so great seeing their creative costumes and listening to them recite their pieces. It was such a feeling of accomplishment when it was all done. Think I could get the other fourth grade teachers to give it a try?

    1. It was a lot of work with 3rd graders and we had a few "what are we doing?!" moments last year, but it was absolutely amazing when it was done and the kids LOVED it! You should definitely try again!

  6. Your post was spot on. . . I had 2 people tell me that they had grabbed my freebies and yet didn't thank me at the time. They thanked me now. I'm glad you posted it and gave me the power to add my thoughts to it on my blog. Maybe others should post something like this once in a while.

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  7. I had 2 people tell me that they had grabbed my freebies and yet didn't thank me at the time. They thanked me now
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