The upper grades are focusing on biographies, the non-fictional accounts of a persons life. We covered the difference between a regular biography, facts about a person's life, living or dead, while an autobiography is specifically written by the person the book is based on (thus living). We pulled out several books to convey the differences between fiction and biographies. Historical fictions may have many true facts about a person, but is still ultimately a made-up story and may not be a true account of the person's life. An example of a historical fiction book that has many facts but also fantasy is John, Paul, George, & Ben by Lane Smith. Smith's book has elements akin to tall tales
regarding the founding fathers, true facts, but is not a biography book. An autobiography we used was Jon Scieszka's Knucklehead, in which he reveals his penchant for stories began as pinning the blame on his other brothers. We used our new Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade as our fun, regular biography example, the life story of Tony Sarg who created the signature balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.