I love reading picture book biographies, especially those featuring people that I have never heard about previously. But, as a writer, I also love analyzing the structures employed to share their stories. These titles all ask questions to move the story along and engage readers, including The Tree Lady—the mentor text that inspired me as I crafted Classified, my first picture book biography.
Beatrix Potter, Scientist, written by Lindsay H. Metcalf and illustrated by Junyi Wu
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Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross,Cherokee Aerospace Engineer, written by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Natasha Donovan
writes fiction and nonfiction for young people. Her most recent works include We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know and Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives with her family on the tribe’s reservation in northeastern Oklahoma. https://www.tracisorell.com/