Biography Today

2005 Annual Cumulation

  • Author/Editor: Cherie D. Abbey
  • Binding: Library binding
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9
  • Page Count: 502
  • Book Level:
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0692-4
  • List Price: $73.00
  • Sample Pages
  • Printable Information Sheet



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Biography Today features collected biographies that are written especially for young readers ages nine and above, in a format they can enjoy reading and readily understand.

The Biography Today Annual Cumulation is a single hardbound volume that compiles 30 or more biographical profiles published during the year in the softbound subscription. Each volume includes alphabetically arranged entries that are visually interesting, with easy-to-read typefaces, photographs of individuals profiled, and highlighted quotations. Bold-faced rubrics lead the reader to information on each individual’s birth, youth, education, first jobs, career highlights, marriage and family, hobbies, and honors and awards. Each profile ends with a list of easily accessible print and online sources designed to lead the student to further reading on the individual, as well as a current mailing address. For a more complete understanding of the coverage offered in Biography Today, please see the Sample Pages.

Each issue features contemporary people from a mix of professions, so readers of all backgrounds and interests will find material that will intrigue and challenge them. In Biography Today, they’ll find the people they want to read about right now.

Individuals Profiled in 2005

  • Kristen Bell – actress
  • Jack Black – actor & musician
  • Sergey Brin and Larry Page – founders of the Internet search engine Google
  • Adam Brody – actor
  • Chris Carrabba – singer & songwriter
  • Johnny Depp – actor
  • Eve – rapper & actress
  • Jennie Finch – Olympic softball player
  • James Forman – civil rights activist & author
  • Wally Funk – aviation pioneer
  • Cornelia Funke – writer of books for children & young adults
  • Bethany Hamilton – surfer & shark-attack survivor
  • Anne Hathaway – actress
  • Priest Holmes – football player
  • T.D. Jakes – religious leader & evangelist
  • Pope John Paul II – religious leader
  • Toby Keith – country music singer & songwriter
  • Alison Krauss – musician
  • Wangari Maathai – environmentalist & Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • Karen Mitchell-Raptakis – greeting card entrepreneur
  • Queen Noor – queen of Jordan
  • Violet Palmer – referee for the NBA
  • Gloria Rodriguez – advocate for children & family
  • Carlos Santana – rock musician
  • Antonin Scalia – U.S. Supreme Court justice
  • Curt Schilling – baseball player
  • Maria Sharapova – tennis player
  • Ashlee Simpson – singer
  • Donald Trump – real estate tycoon
  • Ben Wallace – basketball player

Standard Features in the Annual Cumulation

  • Library binding, hardcover, 6 x 9
  • Each volume includes 30 or more biographical profiles
  • Articles include photos and pull-quotes to enliven the page
  • Biographies presented in an easy-to-understand, consistent, and enjoyable format
  • Boldface headings trace the individual’s life from birth through career milestones, creating an outline for students:
    • Birth
    • Youth
    • Education
    • First Jobs
    • Career Highlights
    • Marriage and Family
    • Hobbies and Other Interests
    • Honors and Awards
    • Further Reading (print and online sources)
    • Address and Web Site
  • Each volume features three different indexes, and all are cumulative:
    • General Index that includes names, subjects, occupations, organizations, and ethnic & minority origins
    • Places of Birth Index
    • Birthday Index


Reviews of Recent Titles in the Biography Today Series

"This publication offers young adults in-depth profiles of personalities, many suggested by librarians and teachers. The showcased individuals represent politics, sports, entertainment, science, and business. ... The articles extensively use quotes from the personalities and those close to them as well as personal stories that give more than bare biographical statistics. Readers come away from the articles feeling like they have shared a comfortable conversation with the celebrity profiled."

—ARBAonline, 2012

"The series is presented in a clear and highly accessible manner. ... As long as teachers continue to require biographical reports, this series will have a place in school libraries."

—VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates, June '11

"Middle and high school libraries will find this series a useful addition to their libraries, as the people profiled here are of interest to this age group and often topics of research."

—American Reference Books Annual, 2012

"[This edition] of this highly respected series meets the high criteria set by earlier editions, staples in juvenile reference collections across the country. ... The writing is clear and unambiguous, obviously geared to its target audience. This latest version of the highly respected set does not disappoint the researcher. This work is highly recommended for juvenile reference collections."

—American Reference Books Annual, 2007

"The best value for collective biographies is still Omnigraphics’ Biography Today."

—NJEA Review, May '02

"Highly recommended for the young adult audience. Readers will delight in the accessible, energetic, tell-all style; teachers, librarians, and parents will welcome the clever format, intelligent and informative text. It should prove especially useful in motivating reluctant readers or literate nonreaders."

—MultiCultural Review