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Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891

December 4, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Several series biographies, and a few non-series biographies have been published on P. T. Barnum, the famous showman. Few remain in print at this time.

pink numbers = Horn Book Guide rating / red numbers= Follett reading level / green numbers=Lexile

The Clear Favorite

Grades 4+
The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous life of Showman P. T. Barnum by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade, 2009) 2 / 980

Recommended by at Least One Source

Grades 5-9
P. T. Barnum: “Every Crowd has a Silver Lining” (Americans: The Spirit of a Nation series) by Thomas Streissguth (Enslow, 2009) 4 / 6.2 /


Out of print biographies in library collections (consider weeding*):

*Prince of Humbug: A Life of P. T. Barnum by Catherine M. Andronik (Atheneum, 1994) 3 / 7.1 / Held by 57 libraries
*P. T. Barnum
(A See and Read Biography) by Anne Edwards (Putnam’s, 1977) Held by 11 libraries
*P. T. Barnum: The World’s Greatest Showman by Alice Mulcahy Fleming (Walker, 1993) 3 / Held by 34 libraries
*P. T. Barnum, Circus Boy (Childhood of Famous Americans series) by Augusta Stevenson (Bobbs-Merrill, 1964) Held by 8 libraries
*Master of Ballyhoo: The Story of P. T. Barnum (Lives to Remember series) by Felix Sutton (Putnam’s, 1968) Held by 28 libraries
*The Greatest Showman on Earth: A Biography of P. T. Barnum (People in Focus series) by Ann Tompert (Dillon, 1987) Held by 43 libraries
P. T. Barnum: Genius of the Three-Ring Circus (Historical American Biographies series) by Karen Clements Warrick (Enslow, 2001) 3 / Held by 39 libraries
*P. T. Barnum (First Biographies series) by David K. Wright (Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1997) 4 / Held by 24 libraries

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