We love nonfiction books for children, particularly those which do a fantastic job of presenting information in interesting ways. We already have several works of nonfiction on our shelves, but we always keep an eye out for new and engaging titles to add to our collection. Here’s a round-up of some of the most fascinating graphic biographies in our store.
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891–1956), one of India’s foremost revolutionaries, grew up untouchable. Battling against the odds, he gained multiple doctorates, campaigned against social discrimination and the caste system and went on to draft the Constitution of India. Throughout his life Ambedkar faced routine discrimination: in school at the age of 10; in Baroda after his return from Columbia University; and while travelling in later life. The discrimination experienced by Ambedkar continues to haunt a majority of India’s 170 million dalits as many are still denied water, shelter and the basic dignities of life.
In this ground-breaking work, Pardhan-Gond artists Durgabai Vyam and Subhash Vyam interweave historical events with contemporary incidents, infusing fresh energy into the graphic idiom through their magical art.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Scholastic)
Read about the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as The Father of the Nation. Presented through both comics and text as part of Scholastic’s Great Lives series, this book takes a look at the life of one of India’s most daring, driven and radical personalities ever.
Malala, A Brave Girl From Pakistan/Iqbal, A Brave Boy From Pakistan (Simon & Schuster)
Meet two heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the rights to freedom and education in these inspirational nonfiction tales from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. Two stories of bravery in one beautiful book.
One country: Pakistan. Two children: Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafzai. Each was unafraid to speak out. He, against inhumane child slavery in the carpet trade. She, for the right of girls to attend school. Both were shot by those who disagreed with them—he in 1995, she in 2012. Iqbal was killed instantly; Malala miraculously survived and continues to speak out around the world. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work…
A Gardener In The Wasteland (Navayana)
In 1873, Jyotirao Govindrao Phule wrote Gulamgiri (Slavery), a scathingly witty attack on the vedas being idle fantasies of the brahman mind which enslaved the shudras and atishudras. A hundred and forty years hence, Srividya Natarajan and Aparajita Ninan breathe fresh life into Phule’s rather graphic imagination, weaving in the story of Savitribai, Jyotiba’s partner in his struggles.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam: The People’s President (Scholastic)
Trace the remarkable journey of a small-town boy from a struggling family, as he rose to become the President of the country, earning along the way the epithets of The Missile Man of India and The People’s President. This book is a part of Scholastic’s Great Lives Series, presented through a unique mix of both comics and text.
Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story (Jyotsna Prakashan)
In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children’s Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan from the Auschwitz museum in Germany. Fumiko Ishioka, the center’s curator, was captivated by the writing on the outside that identified its owner: “Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Waisenkind (the German word for orphan).” Children visiting the center were full of questions. Who was Hana Brady? Where did she come from? What was she like? What happened to her? Inspired by their curiousity and her own need to know, Fumiko began a year of detective work, scouring the world for clues. Her search led her from present-day Japan, Europe and North America back to 1938 Czechoslovakia to learn the story of Hana Brady, a fun-loving child with wonderful parents, a protective big brother, and a passion for ice skating, their happy life turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis. Photographs and original wartime documents enhance this extraordinary story that bridges cultures, generations and time.