Book Club: Sterling Biographies

CleopatraFinding appropriate biographies for a middle school audience is a harder task than one would think  The selection is either far below an appropriate reading level or too far advanced in content and accessibility.  After an extensive search, I landed on the Sterling Biographies collection.  To anyone who challenges the books as “too easy” — I say, that’s okay.

Content usually outweighs text complexity when it comes to biographies, so I am okay giving students a slightly “easier” book.  The collection ranges from athletes to social activists, scientists and pioneers, and also spotlights several Native American leaders.  Men and women are well represented from a variety of backgrounds.

TecumsehThe publisher kept middle schoolers in mind with well-spaced text, frequent images and captions, informative charts and graphics.  The books are perfect for any biography unit.  From Muhammad Ali to Joan of Arc, the selection is thirty-plus deep.  Click here for a comprehensive list of titles.  As always, check Amazon for used copies pricing out at $4.00 with shipping.