A guide to biographies to read aloud with kids

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/14/2014


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — The right biography can be as enthralling as any work of fiction, blending facts with gripping storytelling. “Biographies to Read Aloud with Kids: From Alvin Ailey to Zishe the Strongman” is a guide to the best ones for adults to read to kids. Noted children's book authority Rob Reid offers a choice selection of exemplary biographies that will entertain and educate children about a variety of fascinating people and their places in history. Organized by topic, including sports, politics and leaders, the arts, science and medicine, each annotation features a "10-Minute Selection" that showcases a particularly captivating episode of the book that can be read in one brief sitting. Parents, teachers, librarians and other adults will find compelling and inspirational biographies for kids with the help of this useful resource. The book is published by Huron Street Press, a trade publishing imprint of the American Library Association available through Independent Publishers Group as well as numerous traditional retail outlets in both print and e-book editions.

Reid is a writer and an instructor at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He is the author of numerous books, including “Family Storytime,” “Reid’s Read-Alouds,” “What’s Black and White and Reid All Over? Something Hilarious Happened at the Library” and the Huron Street Press book “Silly Books to Read Aloud.” He writes regular columns on programming and children’s literature for Book Links and LibrarySparks.

In line with ALA’s mission to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all, Huron Street Press, a publishing imprint of the American Library Association, harnesses the expertise of the Association and encourages library use among the public. Huron Street Press is administered through ALA Editions, which publishes resources used worldwide by tens of thousands of library and information professionals to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a growing range of print and electronic formats. Contact ALA Editions at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or editionsmarketing@ala.org.