Before we get into the new book reviews, I’ll admit that the title is a bit misleading. These biographies include books published in 2021 and in 2022 BUT, I’m reviewing this batch of books during the month of March of 2022.
You’ll find picture books, a chapter book, and two collections of short biographies. All of them will inspire you and educate you about amazing individuals.
New Biography Books for Kids (March 2022)
Carmen and the House that Gaudi Built by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer
Carmen doesn’t want to move to the city, she prefers the country and her imaginary friend lizard friend. Then, she meets the architect that her parents hired for their new city house and he not only sees her lizard, he understands her love of nature. When Carnen sees the design Gaudí created for their house with no right angles and beautiful mosaics, she feels very happy to move to Barcelona.
Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie’s Place, the Nation’s First Shelter for Women by Christine McDonnell, illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov
Kip’s life is so inspiring! She saw a need in the world and worked hard to solve it. When others denied that women were just as homeless as men, Kip saw the urgent need to help homeless women. She learned more and opened the first shelter for only women as well as fought for permanent housing for the poor and homeless.
Miep and the Most Famous Diary The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank’s Diary by Meeg Pincus, illustrated by Jordi Solano
When the Nazis found Anne Frank and her family hiding in Miep’s house, they sent the Franks to concentration camps. The soldiers confiscated the Frank’s possessions but Miep rescued Anne’s beloved diary beforehand. When the war ended, everyone but Mr. Frank has died. When he is told the sad news about his family, Miep shows the devastated Mr. Frank Anne’s diary. Little did they know, that saving it and publishing it would change the world — and it would become one of the most famous books published.
That’s Betty! The Story of Betty White by Gregory Bonsignore, illustrated by Jennifer M. Potter
This is a darling homage to the trailblazing actress, Betty White! A boy wants to do a report about Betty and his research is helped along by Betty in disguise.
Child of the Flower-Song People Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua by Gloria Amescua, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
Luz grew up in Milpa Alta, curious about everything and hoping to be a teacher. Despite being forced to attend school in Spanish, she stayed connected to her Nahua people. She worked as a model for many artists in Mexico, representing her ancestors. She taught interested artists and scholars about the Nahua language and culture.
Like a Diamond in the Sky Jane Taylor’s Beloved Poem of Wonder and the Stars by Elizabeth Brown, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
Jane Taylor loved nature, books, and writing poetry, even when it wasn’t proper for women to be learned. She continued to do what she loved, becoming a well-known children’s poet in England. Her most famous poem, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, is still beloved today.
Breaking Through the Clouds by Sandra Nickel, illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia
Great writing shares the fascinating life story of a woman whose stubbornness helped her break all sorts of barriers to study clouds in a male-dominated field.
The Story of Walt Disney: A Biography Book for New Readers by Susan B. Katz
Clearly written, this beautifully-designed early chapter book biography gives kids a good understanding of Walt Disney’s life with illustrations, timelines, and bolded vocabulary words. Katz chooses the most important information to show readers how Disney grew an idea into a theme park and brand.
Latinitas by Juliet Menendez
Dynamic and interesting one-page biographies of 40 Latina women who made an impact in the world. From chefs like Justa Canaviri to architects like Susan Torre and singers like Celia Cruz, you’ll learn about some amazing women. Graphic illustrations of each woman in earthy tones are featured across from each woman’s biographies. Highly recommended.
Girls Solve Everything: Stories of Women Entrepreneurs Building a Better World by Catherine Thimmesh, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Mesmerizing writing about problem-solving businesswomen! Plus, Melissa Sweet’s cool illustrations elevate these women’s stories and add visual appeal. If readers aren’t budding entrepreneurs before reading this, they might be after. Read how Jeroo Billimoria founded an emergency phone line for street kids in India, or how Jane Chen developed a low-cost incubator for premature babies in developing countries, and how Nadia Hamilton created an app with step-by-step instructions for daily tasks for autistic folks. Highly recommended.