Costanza, Stephen. King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin. King of Ragtime profiles the legendary ragtime musician in a way that inspires the youngest readers.

Hinrichs, Alexanra. The Traveling Camera: Lewis Hine and the Fight to End Child Labor.

Picture book biographies that will inspire young readers.

Kerbel, Deborah. Fred & Marjorie: A Doctor, a Dog, and the Discovery of Insulin. In graphic book format, Kerbel introduces readers to Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin. Banting had a special relationship with one of his test dogs, Marjorie.

Lawlor, Laurie. Fearless World Traveler: Adventures of Marianne North, Botanical Artist.

Menendez, Juliet. Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers. Celebrating many musicians, writers, military leaders, artists, and activists, this book soars.

Moss, Caroline. Blast off Into Space Like Mae Jemison. Wonderfully illustrated with paper cut outs, this book also inspires with 10 key lessons from Mae’s life.

Westergaard, Azadeh. A Life Electric: The Story of Nikola Tesla. This wonderful biography includes details that appeals to kids. She includes, for instance the anecdote about his cat, Macak, who inspired Tesla’s interest in electricity.

Williams, Alicia D. Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress.

Zissu, Alexandra. Earth Squad.