We love reading books about real, ordinary people who do extraordinary things. It all started when we bought our daughter the book "I Am...Amelia Earhart" by Brad Meltzer. Our then 5 year old became enthralled with the whole story of Amelia Earhart. It became all about woman empowerment around here, which is never a bad thing. We did some research and I've found 10 picture book biographies that we want to add to our library soon.
All of these books have slightly different messages but the overall consensus is be awesome and do amazing things! Of course nice illustrations and a child friendly story lines makes them enticing to kids. These books are relatable to all of us in some way or another. Just a bunch of ordinary people doing extraordinary things!
I Am...Amelia Earhart - Discover more about the dreams of Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic. Between the beautifully illustrated pages is an inspiring story of a girl who didn't let other people put their boundaries on her. Amelia shows us that girls can do more than wear frilly dresses. It notes her failures and successes along the way, starting with her childhood dreams of flying to becoming the amazing aviator the world remembers and her struggles in between.
Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of The Universe - This is the story of astrophysicist and astrobiologist Carl Sagan as a boy. Full of science, wonder, imagination and curiosity about the universe around us. Young kids will enjoy the beautiful illustrations and take in a little bit of the science while the older children will enjoy extra information. This book will get kids to look up at the sky and think, what if? Detailed maps of the universe and interactive flaps to lift will engage young minds and really show us how small we are in our great big universe. Learn about Carl Sagan's childhood and his important contributions to the field of science.
Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci - This book doesn't include much about Leonardo da Vinci's childhood but kids will still like learning how the ideas of Leonardo da Vinci became a reality hundreds of years later. A brilliant mind and a great inventor and artist, Leo was able to anticipate wonderful things like helicopters and contact lenses. His private notes have been found and they reveal his wonderful imagination and how he envisioned our world long before many people could.
The Story of Ruby Bridges - Imagine you are a little girl attending first grade and are greeted by mobs of angry protesters and parents who don't like you just because of the color of your skin. Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to attend a integrated school in New Orleans in 1960. Follow the story of brave 6 year old Ruby as she quietly and heroically helped change our world. An eye opening book for kids about our history and how it was viewed from the eyes of a fellow child.
On A Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein - Kids are often fascinated by the world around them. Albert Eintstein took this fascination to the next level. While riding his bicycle, he imagined he was traveling on a beam of light! This book is beautifully illustrated with light and dreamy drawings and has an engaging story for questioning minds. All children will enjoy this book, but I think it will really speak to children who think on a different level and feel out of place with children their own age.
Rosie Revere, Engineer - You can't truly fail if you never quit. What a great message for young children. Rosie is our creative heroine in this story who helps us celebrate perseverance. She seems like a quiet girl on the outside, but inside she inventing great things. Rosie finds encouragement and laughter from her great aunt even when her inventions don't work out. A great book for girl empowerment and introduction to S.T.E.M fields for girls. Don't be ashamed to dream big and don't be scared of failure.
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos - Introduce children to the eccentric mathematician Paul Erdos. Show how nerdy and cool math can be. Bring some wonder into math and use this book as a jumping off point to make homework more adventurous. Enter the mind of Paul, a person with an obsession with numbers and a boy who doesn't like to follow rules. With colorful and layered drawings of Budapest as the backdrop for this mathematician biography , children are shown that it's okay to be smart and different.
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau - Dive into the world of famous oceanographer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau as he pioneered the sport of scuba diving. Jacques was a little French boy who dreamed of breathing underwater and was always fascinated by the wonders of the water. The sea is bigger than life in this poetic picture book. It sheds light on oceanography and environmental concerns and encourages children to explore the unseen world below the waters, a world that is now theirs to protect and love.
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life With the Chimps - Jane Goodall started as a young girl in London, watching a robin from her windowsill. Read along as we follow her life - from studying that small bird in London to the endangered chimpanzees of Africa. Jane wanted to study chimps so she got a job, saved her money and made her dreams come true. Get inside the head of Jane Goodall and inspire children to be observant of nature and work hard for what they want.
Julia, Child - This picture book captures the playful spirit of Julia Child. The author took elements from this famous chef 's life and created a fictional childhood for Julia and her friend Simca. Not exactly a biography but we still like the message that celebrates cooking and reminds us that it's not always how well your dish is, but it's what you bring to the table.
I'm not sure which one I should get next! Which one would you choose?
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