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Homework Help: Biographies & Reference.

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Need a little help finding what you’re looking for? The Robins AFB Library would like to provide you with a few resources suitable for students of all ages to help you get started.

Here are some links, resources, and interesting sites pertaining to Biography and Reference…

Biography.com – Provided by the A&E Networks, this site offers biographic information of over 25,000 famous people from the past and present.

Academy of Achievement – Featuring biographies, interviews, and podcasts about modern world leaders, and the visionaries and pioneers who have helped shape our world.

Infoplease – Over 300,000+ biographies, as well as encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, and atlas information. As their slogan says: All the knowledge you need.

Today In Georgia History – A collaboration between the Georgia Historical Society and Georgia Public Broadcasting to bring you unique stories about interesting people from the state’s history.

Any Day In History – Check out who was born or died on any day in history.

Biographical Dictionary – Searchable site with short bios of famous people from ancient to modern times and links to other bio sites.

The American Presidency – Biographical sketches and portraits of all the U.S. Presidents, from the White House website.

The U.S. Supreme Court – A general site about the history of the Supreme Court, its decisions, and its Justices past and present.

African American Scientists & Inventors – A collection of short bios about African American scientists and inventors, with links to other bio sites.

A Celebration of Women Writers – A searchable collection of female writers.

Women Mathematicians – A collection of biographies of women in mathematics from Agnes Scott college in Atlanta.

Masters of Photography – Links to articles, resources, and the work of many famous and prominent modern photographers.

Learning About Leonardo – A nice reference site for all things Leonardo Da Vinci.

The Farmer’s Almanac – Featuring weather predictions, astronomical data, and a treasury of humor and other great information.

Acronym Finder – A great resource for hunting down what different acroynms and abbreviations mean.

ProCon.org – An overview of many controversial subjects in a Pro/Con format.

Guide to Internet Research – A nice collection of resources to various references available on the internet.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian – Internet resources from A to Z.

How Many? – A nice dictionary of units of measurement.

Earth Fact Sheet – Some basic information about our planet.

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Are we missing something? Please let us know!

For other subjects and resources please see our main Homework Help page.

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New and Featured Books for Kids/Juvenile Readers for 02/23/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for younger and juvenile readers added to our library collection…

EASY READING:

My Uncle Martin’s Words For America: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Tells How He Made A Difference by Angela Farris Watkins and illustrated by Eric Velasquez

A wonderful memoir in pictures of MLK’s life, as told by his niece, who shares her uncle’s positive message about how there’s a place for everyone in this world, living life side by side. This is a great book for younger readers, and is very informative, and the pictures in it are very realistic and warm. Highly recommended.

Caves And Caverns by Gail Gibbons

Dinosailors by Deb Lund and illustrated by Howard Fine

Press Here by Hervé Tullet

There’s a button and they’re just daring you to touch it. How can you resist that?

Emma’s Poem: The Voice Of The Statue Of Liberty by Linda Glaser and illustrated by Claire A. Nivola

A very nice book about the life of Emma Lazarus and her famous sonnet, “The New Colossus,” which is engraved in bronze on the Statue of Liberty. You may not realize you know it, but it’s the poem that includes the words: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This is a good read for younger readers, and especially ideal for helping them to understand what the American Dream is about.

What Color Is My World?: The Lost History Of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld and illustrated by Ben Boos and A. G. Ford

The Astonishing Secret Of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon and illustrated by Jake Parker

Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison and illustrated by Joe Cepeda

When The Shadbush Blooms by Carla Messinger with Susan Katz and illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden

We March by Shane W. Evans

FICTION:

How Not To Run For President by Catherine Clark

Sarah, Plain And Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

The Case Of The Deadly Desperadoes by Caroline Lawrence

How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

A very entertaining and funny novel about a word full of fairies, who are there to hinder humans doing the most mundane of tasks, and one girl’s attempt to do as the title suggests, and ditch her own personal fairy. Check out an excerpt. The paperback version’s cover, seen below, is also pretty funny, and fitting to the story.

NON-FICTION:

Black Pioneers: An Untold Story by William Loren Katz

Isaac Newton: The Scientist Who Changed Everything by Philip Steele

Twist It Up: More Than 60 Delicious Recipes From An Inspiring Young Chef by Jack Witherspoon and Lisa Witherspoon, with photographs by Sheri Giblin

This 11 year old chef has spent half his life battling leukemia, and now has his own cookbook. His story is an incredibly inspiring one, and the recipes are all extremely good and kid-friendly. You can catch a preview below as young chef Jack Witherspoon makes baked ziti:

Stokely Carmichael: The Story Of Black Power by Jacqueline Johnson

The Best Of Times: Math Strategies That Multiply by Greg Tang and illustrated by Harry Briggs

My People by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Charles R. Smith, jr.

African American Military Heroes by Jim Haskins

Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa and illustrated by Ed Young

Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons

Heart And Soul: The Story Of America And African Americans by Kadir Nelson

The Civil Rights Movement: An Interactive History Adventure by Heather Adamson

Citizen Scientists: Be A Part Of Scientific Discovery From Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns, with photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

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Please note that books could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

02/14/11.

02/02/12.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

12/23/11.

And for Young Adults:

02/21/12.

02/09/12.

01/31/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

02/16/12.

01/28/12.