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Celebrity Fun

This category includes biography and all those great advice books. Because when a celebrity does something, you will want to do that too!

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Hilton Sisters: Now sanitized for your protection

Paris and Nicky Hilton
A View from the Paparazzi

What a lovely choice for your 4th grader’s biography reading assignment. I am sure parents everywhere would love for these “celebrity icons” to be role models for the kids.

This isn’t the first time we have featured a Hilton bio on our site. That particular title was very edited to leave out the details. (No wonder it was only a few pages long.) This biography is much more in depth, but still somewhat censored on some of the more salacious details. My favorite part is the vocab list in the back which has thoughtfully included definitions of pornography and schadenfreude.

In my local school district, 4th and 5th graders have an assignment to read a biography, dress in a costume, and then perform as that famous person. When I saw this, all I could think of is a kid dressing up like Paris while standing next to kids that are dressing as Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, or Clara Barton.


More Juvenile Biographies

Lizzie McGuire Lives

Hammer Time

Keeping Up with Bruce Jenner

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Keeping America Safe for Democracy

J. Edgar Hoover, Modern Knight Errant
Houghton Comfort

Submitter: I’m happy to say that this book is no longer in our academic library, though it is in other public and academic libraries according to WorldCat.  It almost reads as though it is supposed to be a juvenile book, but it was in our main collection.  Unfortunately, book tape over the spine obscures what was probably a wonderful picture of a knight on the cover. My favorite part was the lists of disasters that could happen to you and how fingerprint files would fix them.  Plus, the statement that “only a criminal” wouldn’t want to send their fingerprints to the FBI for storage.

Holly: I can hear it now: “But it’s historical!” Yes. It is. It is so historical, in fact, that it has earned its place in an archive or museum. If it is being held together by book tape and prayer AND it is more than 50 years old AND you can find a ton of information about the subject elsewhere, it’s ok to weed it. Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! This one hits all three of those criteria.

But It’s Historical!

The Pioneers

Making Your Living is Fun

Atom Bomb

“Modern” World

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Cosby: His Life and Times

Submitter: High school library: I am pretty sure this is no longer the place for these books. The first two, copyright 1986, are goners.  But I just ordered the Whitaker Life and Times book in September, after a positive NPR All Things Considered segment, right before the storm hit.  I think I need a new special “Fallen from Grace” section for Lance Armstrong, Bill Cosby, and others yet to be discovered.

Holly: I love that idea of a “Fallen From Grace” section – or maybe just a display. Clever. Books like these are less obvious weeds than some. On the one hand, Bill Cosby is an entertainment icon and Fatherhood is a classic. There are libraries that will want to keep it, for sure. I’m not sure most high school libraries are the place for that one – or the Eichhorn book either. Currency and completeness of information are more important for the high school crowd.

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