Episode 68: Biographies for kids

May 28, 2023

In episode 68 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Biographies for Kids

Biographies for kids (and autobiographies) can be a great way to move non-fiction lovers into narratives and to extend interest-based readers into the story behind the story. Megan and Allison suggest some of their favourite biographies for kids and share recommendations from the Your Kid’s Next Read community.

Plus, Megan takes us inside the Book Links Travelling Suitcase initiative.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Miss Penny Dreadful and the Midnight Kittens’ by Allison Rushby  

‘Kookabarra, Kookaburra’ by Bridget Farmer 

‘Tilda’ by Sue Whiting

‘My Deadly Boots’ by Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler, illustrated by Samantha Campbell 


Joe Visser music video

Miss Penny Dreadful Book Club Notes

Sue Whiting and Allison Tait writing course


Biographies for kids

‘Little People, Big Dreams’

‘Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales’ by Marta McDowell

‘The Happiest Boy on Earth’ by Eddie Jaku 

‘Some Writer! The Story of E B White’ by Melissa Sweet 

‘Taking the Lead’ by  David Hill. Illustrated by Phoebe Morris 

‘Ugly’ by Robert Hoge 

‘El Deafo’ by Cece Bell 

‘Finding Nevo’ by Nevo Zisin 

‘Boy’ by Roald Dahl  

‘Jandamarra’ by Mark Greenwood. Illustrated by Terry Denton  

‘Say Hello’ by Carly Findlay (older readers) 

‘Am I Black Enough for You’ by Anita Heiss (older readers) 

‘Tell Me Why’ by Archie Roach (adapted for middle grade – YA audience) 

‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama (adapted for middle grade – YA audience) 

‘Aussie Stem Stars’ (various auhors)

‘Able’ by Dylan Alcott (older readers)

‘The Amazing Dylan Alcott’ by Chris Maher and illustrated by Jules Faber

‘Finding Gobi’ by Dion Leonard

‘I am Malala’ by Malala Yousafzai

‘Becoming Muhammed Ali’ by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

Quick tips

Book Links Travelling Suitcase program


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Biographies for kids