Featured here are seven works that are juvenile biographies of John Paul Jones or fictional works for young readers in which he plays a major role. The period between 1870 and 1914 saw the flowering of children's literature in England and America. Among the books publishers produced for young readers were biographies of historical personages. The career of John Paul Jones particularly lent itself to colorful retelling, and a variety of authors chose to write biographies geared to boys and girls, or adventure tales in which the famous captain was a main character.
Over the decades, a number of these books found their way into the Naval Academy's collections. The Library purchased some at the time of their publication, and others were gifts. Many of these works were part of popular series, such as the Navy Boys, the Boys of Liberty Library, Young Heroes of Our Navy, and the Young Folks Colonial Library.