When checking out nonfiction books on a famous life like this one, there are so many options, that it can be overwhelming. Disappointing, too, if you order books without seeing them, and they turn out to be dull. So here are a variety of books for a variety of ages on Helen Keller.
Hand in Hand: based on the real-life story of Helen Keller and Martha Washington, by Jean Little
The author develops this historical fiction novel based on the real relationship that Helen had as a girl with Martha, the cook’s daughter, who was her first friend. Chapter book, ages 7-10.
Annie and Helen, by Deborah Hopkinson and Raul Colon
A picture book that begins with Helen’s inability to communicate and ends with the joy of her first letter written home by herself. A thorough and clear explanation of Annie’s methods, with large illustrations for children, and real excerpts from Annie Sullivan’s journal at the time. Picture book, ages 5-10.
Helen Keller and the Big Storm, by Patricia Lakin, easy reader
Helen Keller’s Best Friend Belle, by Holly M. Barry, picturebook
Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller, by Doreen Rappaport
This picture book is similar in style to Annie and Helen, but covers Helen’s whole life from babyhood to death. The large pictures make it attractive to children, and the text is very clear, interesting and informative. Quotes sprinkled throughout are from Helen’s journal this time, instead of Annie’s. Well-done. Picturebook, ages 5-10.