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Homework Help: Autobiographies

Homework Help: Autobiographies

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Biographies are books written about a person’s life. Autobiographies are a special kind of biography, they are written by the person himself or herself. Nobody can tell the story better than the person who lived it!

Drawing From Memory

Allen Say is an author of many books based on things that happened in his life. In Drawing From Memory, Mr. Say tells the story of how he became a maker of books. He tells it in very few words and with lots of photographs and drawings.

Believe it or not, Mr. Say moved out of his family’s house and into an apartment when he was 12 years old! At that time he became an apprentice to a master Japanese cartoonist and the two remained dedicated friends until Sensei Shinpei died at the age 87. Sensei Shinpei lived to see Mr. Say become a Caldecott Medal winner for his illustrations. He referred to Mr. Say as, “the treasure of my life.” 

Listed below are several more autobiographies. Many of them are by your favorite authors like Gary Paulsen and Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Woodson. It makes sense that an author would write their own biography!

Bill Peet was born in Grandview, Indiana. He grew up in Indianapolis. His autobiography is an all-time favorite. It is full of his drawings because Bill was an artist. He wrote and illustrated many picture books and was also an animator for Walt Disney. He worked on many classic Disney movies like Dumbo, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians and many more. He had many creative adventures with Walt Disney himself, who was his boss. If you look carefully in his book you can pick out some Indianapolis landmarks.


eBooks & eAudio:

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26 Fairmount AvenueA Girl from YamhillCheaper by the DozenLooking BackMy Life in Dog YearsMy Life with the ChimpanzeesMy Own Two FeetBrown Girl DreamingRascalRoald Dahl BoySmall Steps the Year I Got Polio

Print Books:

Animals are WelcomeAnne Frank the Diary of a Young GirlBill PeetChasing SpaceCondoleezza RiceDon't Tell the GirlsDown a Sunny Dirt RoadEnchanted AirFine LinesFiretalkingFlora and TigerForward My StoryGutsI Got This to Gold and BeyondKnots in My Yo Yo StringKnuckleadsLittle Tiger in the Chinese NightLong Walk to FreedomOn the Way HomeOsceola Memories of a Sharecropper's CaughterThe Boy in the Wooden BoxThe Days Before NowThe Tarantula in My PurseThrough My EyesTo DanceUnder My NoseUnder the Royal PalmsWoodsongWords to My Life's Song
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Black History: Artists

Black History: Artists

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Heart and Soul

African American artist Ashley Bryan grew up in the Bronx in New York City. When he was a little boy his parents noticed right away that he loved to draw and paint and make things. They did everything they could to make sure he had art supplies to create things with. After he graduated from high school he wanted to go to college and study art. He interviewed for a spot at an art institute. He says in his autobiography Ashley Bryan Words to My Life’s Song,”

The interviewer stated that mine was the best portfolio that he had seen. However, he also informed me that it would be a waste to give a scholarship to a colored person.

Fortunately for all of us, Ashley listened to good advice from his parents. They told him to not let anyone or anything ever stop him from doing what he loves. Ashley persevered. He attended the Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering and Columbia University. He studied art in France and Germany too.

Ashley has taught art, written and illustrated books and created countless beautiful things that you can see in this book: stained glass windows, paintings, sculptures, puppets and more. There is one picture in this book that shows Ashley at home in a room full of his creations. It’s like looking at an I Spy picture of wonderful things. I would love to wonder through his studio, pull up a stool and begin creating something. When you read this book written in his own words, you’ll realize that if you did walk into his studio, that is exactly what he would want you to do!

Listed below are books, websites & databases that will help you learn more about African American Art and African American Artists.


Websites, Activities, Printables & Databases:

Biography in Context is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? Biography in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about African American Artists.​


eBooks:

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A Splash of Red the Life and Art of Horace PippinEtched in ClayGordon ParksRadiant ChildIt Jes Happened When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

Print Books:

Art from the Heart Folk Artist Clementine HunterDraw What You SeeDrawing in the Sand a Story of African American ArtFaith RinggoldGoing Back Home an Artist Returns to the SouthRomare BeardenSewing Stories Harriet Powers Journey from Slave to ArtistWake Up Our Souls a Collection of African American ArtistsWords with Wings a Collection of African American Poetry and ArtJerry PinkneyCome Look with Me the Story of African American Art for ChildrenStarting Home the Story of Horace Pippin, PainterStitching Stars the Story Quilts of Harriet PowersStory Painter the Life of Jacob LawrenceDave the PotterHenry Ossawa Tanner

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To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

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Homework Help: U.S. Presidents

Homework Help: U.S. Presidents

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Websites:

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U.S. History in Context: U.S. Presidents is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about U.S. Presidents.​


eBooks:

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An Illustrated Timeline of US PresidentsHail to the ChiefLives of the PresidentsSo You Want to be President?The New Big Book of US Presidents

Print Books:

50 Things You Should Know About US PresidentsEyewitness PresidentsHow the Executive Branch WorksLincoln and Kennedy a Pair to CompareOur Country's Presidents a Complete EncyclopediaSmithsonian The PresidentsThe Election Book The People Pick a PresidentTime for Kids Presidents of the United StatesUS Government Through InfographisWe Elect a President the Story of Our Electoral CollegeWhat Is the President's Job?White House Winners

Print Books – Presidential Families & Pets:

First Kids<Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a PicnicMiss Lady Bird's WildflowersThe First PupWhat To Do About Alice?White House KidsWhat's the Big Deal About First Ladies?

Funny Stories about the Presidents:

Presidential misadventures : poems that poke fun at the man in charge Presidential Misadventures: Poems that Poke Fun at the Man in Charge – A rollicking collection of presidential poems shares lively facts about the misbehaviors of America’s commanders-in-chief.
Kid presidents: true tales of childhood from America's presidents : stories  Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America’s Presidents – Presents twenty stories featuring the United States presidents when they were children, including William Taft’s dance lessons, Lyndon Johnson’s classroom pranks, and Gerald Ford’s struggles with dyslexia.
First Mothers First Mothers – Profiles of the American presidents’ mothers reveal their achievements while sharing anecdotes and childhood stories, from Thomas Jefferson’s mother’s solo management of a plantation to Abraham Lincoln’s mother’s stint as a wrestler.
Did President Grant really get a ticket for speeding in a horse-drawn carriage? Did President Grant Really Get a Ticket for Speeding in a Horse-drawn Carriage? – Discusses facts and myths about American presidents, including if Washington cut down a cherry tree, if Lincoln walked twenty miles to school, and if Taft weighed more than an elephant.
The president's stuck in the bathtub : poems about the presidents The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub : Poems about the Presidents – A playful, poetic celebration of lesser-known presidential events and eccentricities reveals such examples as John Quincy Adams’ skinny-dipping forays in the Potomac and Herbert Hoover’s Chinese-language conversations with his wife, in a volume complemented by footnotes and an additional “Presidential Notes and Quotes” section. 10,000 first printing. Jr Lib Guild Premier.
Rutherford B., who was he? : poems about our presidents Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems about Our Presidents – Innovative rhymes about America’s 19th president while placing his achievements within the context of his time, incorporating short biographical details and presidential quotes.
The camping trip that changed America : Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and our national parks The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks – Offers insight into the camping trip that President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir took to the redwoods of Yosemite in 1903, during which the two men had experiences and conversations that eventually contributed to the establishment of national parks in the United States.
Hanging off Jefferson's Nose: Growing up on Mount Rushmore Hanging off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing up on Mount Rushmore – Lincoln Borglum was a young boy when his father, the great sculptor Gutzon Borglum, suggested to a group of South Dakota businessmen that he should carve the faces of four presidents into a side of a mountain as an attraction for tourists. But Mount Rushmore would never be finished by Gutzon. It would be his son who would complete the fourteen-year task and present America with one of its most iconic symbols.

Stories About Voting/Elections:

Libby and the Class Election Lillian’s Right to Vote Don’t Vote for Me President of the Whole Sixth Grade
Smek for President Marvin Redpost: Class President Class Captain Vote

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Benjamin Harrison – the President from Indiana

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1230 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Black History: Cowboys, Pioneers & the West

Black History: Cowboys, Pioneers & the West

Bad News for Outlaws

Bass Reeves grew up as a slave in Texas. Even as a young boy he was good with a gun. His master used to take him to shooting contests to show him off. One night though, when Bass was a young man, he and his master got in a fight and Bass punched his owner. Hitting a white man was punishable by death – so Bass ran, and he ran as a fast and as far as he could – all the way to Indian Territory in the West.

The frontier wasn’t called the Wild West for nothing. It was rough country with outlaws roaming around. The West was a great place for bad guys to hide. In 1875 the government hired 200 deputy marshals to help bring order to the frontier and Bass Reeves was one of them. He was also the best one. He could fight and he could shoot when he had too, but mostly, he was smart. He was also known for his honesty and integrity. One time, he had to arrest his own son! Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

The Legend of Bass Reeves

Another great book about Bass is The Legend of Bass Reeves. Gary Paulsen, the author of this book, calls it “the true and fictional account of the most valiant marshal in the West.” Mr. Paulsen adds a little here and there to fill in the places where history left gaps…but for the most part, this is the story of Bass the real guy – the first African-American U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi – and this was in the 1870s! Bass became a legend, even in his own time. Some outlaws turned themselves in once they heard it was Bass that would be looking for them! Bass Reeves – an American original! Look at the websites and books below to learn more about other African-Americans and the roles they played settling the American West.

Websites:

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Books:

Nat Love BlackIndians BestShot Pickett
Nothing Thunder Buffalo Hurry
OldWest Nicodemus Frontiers

More Info Guides about Black History:


To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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