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BIOGRAPHIES

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  • Appropriate for PreK aged youth Appropriate for PreK aged youth.
  • Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth Appropriate for Elementary aged youth.
  • Appropriate for Middle School aged youth Appropriate for Middle School aged youth.

Individual Biographies

  • Edison National Historic Site. Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.nps.gov/edis/home.htm
    This national site has a nice “Kid’s Corner” with a large number of biographical pictorials of Thomas Edison.

  • Anne Frank Online. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.annefrank.com/
    More than 1,000,000 children under the age of 16 died in the Holocaust. Anne Frank was one of them.

  • The World of Ben Franklin. Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/rotten.html
    He became famous for being a scientist, an inventor, a statesman, a printer, a philosopher, a musician, and an economist. Today, we honor Ben Franklin as one of our Founding Fathers and as one of America’s greatest citizens.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/mlk/
    Seattle Times’ online information about Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Exploring Leonardo. Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/LeoHomePage.html
    “Leonardo da Vinci had a keen eye and quick mind that led him to make important scientific discoveries, yet he never published his ideas. He was a gentle vegetarian who loved animals and despised war, yet he worked as a military engineer to invent advanced and deadly weapons.”

  • Abraham Lincoln Online. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln.html
    This site includes an enormous amount of information about Lincoln, including listings of outstanding historic sites and a very large number of books.

  • Abraham Lincoln Research Site. Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://members.aol.com/RVSNorton/Lincoln2.html
    This is a student-oriented educational Web site about Lincoln's life and family. The web master, a retired American history teacher, answers questions by e-mail.

  • Pocahontas (Spectrum Biographies). Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth
    http://www.incwell.com/Biographies/Pocahontas.html
    A short biography of Pocahontas produced by IncWell.

  • Betsy Ross Homepage. Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/
    Why Ross was selected to make the flag, how she cut a five-point star, and directions of cutting your own five-point star. Works great in classroom discussions!


Collective Biographies

  • 4,000 Years of Women in Science. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.astr.ua.edu/4000WS/
    This site lists more than 125 names from our scientific and technical past. They are all women!

  • Biography A & E Page. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.biography.com/
    Has a searchable online database containing 15,000 international names, past and present. This is a commercial site for the Biography television show.

  • Distinguished Women of Past and Present. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.DistinguishedWomen.com
    These are women who were writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Search for biographies of distinguished women by name or by field.

  • The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.princeton.edu/~mcbrown/display/faces.html
    Profiled here are African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.

  • First Ladies of the United States of America. Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/firstladies/index.html
    Information about the First Ladies of the United States.

  • Gallery of Achievers. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.achievement.org/galleryachieve.html
    In the Gallery of Achievers, the focus is on individuals who have shaped the 20th century by their accomplishments.

  • National Inventors Hall of Fame. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/1_0_0_hall_of_fame.asp
    Learn about famous and not-so-famous inventors.

  • The Presidents of the United States of America. Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/index.html
    List of internal links to each president of the United States. Includes photographs and links to other Web resources.

  • Presidents of the United States. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://www.ipl.org/ref/POTUS/
    In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, presidency highlights, and some odd facts on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites also are included to enrich this site.

  • Well-Known People Who Happen to Be Canadian. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://schwinger.harvard.edu/~terning/Canadians/
    An enormous collection of biographies of Canadian actors, educators, and politicians.

  • Women of NASA. Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
    http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/women/intro.html
    The Women of NASA resource was developed to encourage more young women to pursue careers in math, science, and technology.

  • Appropriate for PreK aged youth Appropriate for PreK aged youth.
  • Appropriate for Elementary School aged youth Appropriate for Elementary aged youth.
  • Appropriate for Middle School aged youth Appropriate for Middle School aged youth.

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The above sites are recommended for children from preschool through age 14, their parents, and other caregivers. Recommendations apply only to sites listed, not to any sites that may be linked from these sites. The pages are maintained by the Great Web Sites Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children.

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A list of recommended Web sites for children on the topic of biographies. Maintained by the Association for Library Service to Children's Great Web Sites Committee.