Ohio Biographies for Grades 4-5

Posted on March 5, 2021

by Monique B

Be proud of our Ohio heritage! Here are true stories of noteworthy Ohioans from past to present times.

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Cover of Heroes of Ohio: 23 True Tales of Courage and Character

Heroes of Ohio: 23 True Tales of Courage and Character
By Sowash, Rick

This title is an inspiring look at some of Ohio’s best and brightest, including the Wright Brothers, Annie Oakley, and Baldemar Velasquez.

Cover of Virginia Hamilton: America’s Storyteller

Virginia Hamilton: America’s Storyteller
By Rubini, Julie K.

Learn about the life and times of one of the most beloved authors of children’s literature in the 20th century, known particularly for her portrayal of the lives of African Americans.

Cover of Kammie on First: Baseball’s Dottie Kamenshek

Kammie on First: Baseball’s Dottie Kamenshek
By Houts, Michelle

Dorothy May Kamenshek of Norwood went on to become a professional baseball player on the nation’s first women’s league. She played first base for 10 years, becoming a seven-time all-star with two league batting titles.

Cover of People of Ohio

People of Ohio
By Schonberg, Marcia

Ohio is the birthplace of many well-known individuals, including U.S. presidents, astronauts, and inventors.

Cover of Ulysses S. Grant: 18th President of the United States

Ulysses S. Grant: 18th President of the United States
By Rumsch, BreAnn


A fascinating look at the life of the 18th president of the United States who also served as commander of Union forces in the Civil War.

Cover of Who is Gloria Steinem?

Who is Gloria Steinem?
By Fabiny, Sarah


Born in Toledo, Steinem is a writer, political activist, and co-founder of Ms. Magazine.

Cover of Simone Biles

Simone Biles
By Fishman, Jon M.


Simone Biles of Columbus is the world’s top gymnast. Read this book to get a glimpse of her life in and out of the gym.

Cover of Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding
By Elston, Heidi M.D.


Explore the life and achievements of the 29th President of the United States.

Cover of Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong
By Jim Ollhoff


Explore the achievements of this famous astronaut, the first man to walk on the moon.

Cover of James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield
By Gunderson, Megan M.


Learn all about the life of the 20th U.S president and his tragically short term of office.

Cover of Toni Morrison: Nobel Prize Winning Author

Toni Morrison: Nobel Prize Winning Author
By Kramer, Barbara


A fascinating look at this highly successful novelist from Lorain, Ohio. She was the first African American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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LeBron James

By Laura K. Murray

Examine the life of this NBA champion, Olympic gold medalist, and philanthropist from Akron.

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Halle Berry

By Schuman, Michael A.

Enjoy learning about this Cleveland-born, Academy Award winning superstar and how she overcame adversity to achieve stardom.

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Maya Lin


Maya Lin won a competition to design a memorial for Vietnam War veterans when she was only 21 years old. Read more about the fascinating life of this artist and architect.

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Thomas Alva Edison

By Roza, Greg

Read more about the life of the famous inventor of the lightbulb, phonograph and motion picture camera.

To explore more Ohio biographies:

Library catalog keyword search: Use Ohio biographies

Biography Reference Bank: Limit your results, listing Ohio as Place of Origin.

CultureGrams: Click on States Editions. Click Ohio. Famous People is listed to the left on Ohio’s page.

Gale In Context- Elementary: Type Ohio in the search box. You will find Biographies on the bottom left of the Ohio page.

Ohio History Central Encyclopedia: Browse by topic. You’ll find biographies under many of the categories.

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