Margaret Bourke-White

From the Series On My Own Biography

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

As a young girl, Margaret Bourke-White dreamed of having great adventures—the kind only a brave and fearless woman would have. As she grew up, she found that the camera was her ticket to adventure. Her portraits of people in terrible circumstances—from the desperate farmers of the Dust Bowl to the victims of World War II’s horrors—made her famous worldwide. With her camera always at the ready, Margaret faced many challenges, including floods, bombings, and eventually her own battle with illness. In Margaret Bourke-White, award-winning author Catherine A. Welch creates a powerful portrait of a remarkable, gifted woman. Jennifer Hagerman’s illustrations capture Margaret’s own liveliness and strength.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.6
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007020, JNF007120, JNF025210
Dewey 770'.92
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 600
ATOS Reading Level 4.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 47172
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Afterword, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and Timeline


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“This is a good introduction to Bourke-White’s successful career as she exposed human tragedy to the world.”
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“Vividly written for beginning readers, this biography of photographer Margaret Bourke-White captures the excitement and danger she experienced as she took her pictures.”

Author: Catherine A. Welch

Catherine A. Welch is an award-winning author with more than 20 books to her credit and is a writing instructor with the Institute of Children's Literature. Elementary teachers have found her two short historical fiction books especially useful in the classroom. A teaching strategy for her book, Clouds of Terror, an NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, appeared in Instructor (October 1995). A four-day lesson plan for Danger at the Breaker, her book praised by School Library Journal and Booklist, appears at While many of her works are biographies and history books, her writing credits include several science books. She has degrees in biology and biochemistry, and enjoys giving writing workshops to children and teachers.

Illustrator: Jennifer Hagerman

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

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 →