Aunt Clara Brown

Official Pioneer

From the Series On My Own Biography

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

As a successful former slave, Clara Brown used her money to help other freed slaves get a new start in life. In 1859 Clara bought her own freedom and headed west to Colorado to find her daughter, who was sold when she was just a little girl. Clara didn’t find her daughter there, but she did get rich. The people she helped became her family, and she became known as “Aunt” Clara Brown.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 1999
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2000-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.1
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007110, JNF007020, JNF007120
Dewey 978.8'00496073'0092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 610
Guided Reading Level P
ATOS Reading Level 3.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 34807
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
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Author: Linda Lowery

Illustrator: Janice Lee Porter

Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from California State University, Chico. She is the illustrator of over two dozen children's books and is an art faculty member at Shasta College in Redding, California, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Chico, California.

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On My Own Biography

Engage readers’ interest and imagination! These award-winning biographies feature full-page illustrations. Written in story format, each book features pivotal episodes that reveal what kind of person the subject is (or was) and how he or she came to be famous. View available downloads →


  • American Bookseller Kids' Pick of the Lists, Winner, 1999
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 1999
  • School Library Journal Best Book, Winner, 1999


School Library Journal

“Clara’s story teaches children about tenacity, caring for and about others, and strength of character.”
Starred, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

“. . .Porter’s beautiful illustrations have a powerful, primitive style. . . Realistic, full-color artwork. . . Welcome additions to biographical and historical collections.”
School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“A good story and a solid resource. . . This book will engage young readers emotionally and intellectually.”
Starred, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books