Spring 2022

LeBron James

NBA Superstar and Activist

From the Series Gateway Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Four-time NBA champion LeBron James has been a basketball superstar since high school. Learn about his journey to become an all-time NBA great and his life of activism off the court.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2022-01-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007100, JNF054020, JNF007110
Dewey 796.323092 [B]
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 950
Guided Reading Level TBD
ATOS Reading Level 6.0
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, Teaching Guides, and Timeline


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“LeBron James remains one of the all-time greatest professional basketball players to ever play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). James was scouted throughout his high school career and his arrival in the NBA in 2003 was highly anticipated. A native of Akron, Ohio, he was glad to be drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers so he could represent the people of his home state on the court. From the outset of his career, James proved himself to be a stellar performer on the court. He possessed a unique set of athletic skills, an amazing combination of power, speed, jumping ability, deft ball-handling, shooting skills, and a brilliant basketball IQ. Over nearly twenty years, LeBron James has dominated his chosen sport, playing in numerous NBA championship series, winning four league titles, and scoring more points than virtually every other player in league history. In many ways, LeBron James is the ultimate success story, having grown in poverty and achieved fame and fortune. Off the court, he has been extremely charitable and socially active on issues that mark him as a man of high integrity. James has also taken social and political stances that are both quite public and grounded on his belief in democracy, social justice, and anti-racism. He has helped people build new homes, find jobs, attain quality education, and otherwise get a leg up to escape poverty. It is the story of this NBA superstar that is ably presented in this illustrated biography. In presenting the life and times of LeBron James, Schwartz does a nice job of balancing her focus on his basketball achievements, his family history, and his activism. The end result is an informative and authentic portrayal of a man whose talents as a professional athlete, social activist, and philanthropist combine to make him a person worthy of respect. Reviewer Rating: 4”—Children’s Literature

Author: Heather E. Schwartz

When Heather E. Schwartz was thirteen years old, she tracked down several lead orphans from the 1983 movie "Annie" and interviewed them by phone. As an adult, she realized she could apply those same early instincts to a career as a journalist and writer. She is the author of more than 35 nonfiction children's titles, published by Lerner Publishing Group, Capstone Press, Teacher Created Materials, Lucent Books, and Tangerine Press, a Scholastic imprint. She has written articles for National Geographic Kids and Discovery Girls. In addition, she developed the content for KidsGetArthritisToo.org, the juvenile section of the Arthritis Foundation's website. Other credits in the children's market include articles for Teen, Girls' Life, and All About You magazines. Additionally, Ms. Schwartz is a former editor at Bridal Guide magazine, co-author of Bridal Guide Magazine's How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Gown (Warner, 2004), and contributor to The Takeout Cookbook (Knock Knock 2007).

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