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Celebrate Indiana - Read a Biography

by Dawn Stoops | Jan 23, 2016
Happy 200th Birthday Indiana!

indiana legends

I know you're going to want to celebrate, and one great way to do that is to read about famous people from Indiana.The book pictured above, Indiana Legends, is a collection of more than 100 short biographies about famous Hoosiers.It's fun to leaf through and catch bits about notable authors, astronauts, athletes, entertainers, engineers, and so much more.

For some longer works written for children about famous people from Indiana, try out some of these!
maggie ray 

Maggie Ray: World War II Air Force Pilot

by Marsha Wright
Here's a notable Hoosier from Allen County! During WWII, Margaret was one of the first women Air Force Pilots. Afterwards she continued flying in races around the world.

madam walker
Madam C.J.Walker

by Susan Bivin Aller
Sarah Breedlove, originally from Louisiana, was the first in her family of slaves to be
born free. After many hardships, she moved to Indianapolis in 1910 and worked to become the nations fist female African American millionaire.
norman bridwell
Norman Bridwell

by Jill Wheeler
Yep, the guy who created Clifford the Big Red Dog is from Indiana! Clifford first met readers in 1963 and has been in hundreds of books and television shows ever since.
gus grissom
Gus Grissom:The tragedy of Apollo I

by Robert Greenberger
Virgil "Gus" Grissom was the second American to go up into space. You can read about the amazing career and tragic death of this Indiana native.

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