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Ordinary People Change the World

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Ordinary People Change the World

We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this lively, collectible picture book biography series from New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer. This engaging series is the perfect way to bring American history to life for young children, and to inspire them to strive and dream.

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Ordinary People Change the World

Books in this series

by Brad Meltzer - Biography, Nonfiction

Each book in Brad Meltzer's Ordinary People Change the World series focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. Abraham Lincoln always spoke up about fairness, and thus he led the country to abolish slavery. This book follows him from childhood to the presidency, including the Civil War and his legendary Gettysburg Address.

by Brad Meltzer - Biography, Nonfiction

Brad Meltzer envisioned a friendly, fun approach to biography. Each book in his Ordinary People Change the World tells the story of one of America’s icons, focusing on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. Amelia Earhart refused to accept no for an answer, and became the first woman to fly a plane all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. This book follows her from childhood to her multi-record-breaking career as a pilot.

by Brad Meltzer - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, History

“Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography --- for his own kids, and for yours. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Rosa Parks dared to stand up for herself and other African Americans by staying seated, and as a result she helped end public bus segregation and launch the country’s Civil Rights Movement.

by Brad Meltzer - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, History

Even when he was a kid, Albert Einstein did things his own way. He thought in pictures instead of words, and his special way of thinking helped him understand big ideas like the structure of music and why a compass always points north. Those ideas made him want to keep figuring out the secrets of the universe. Other people thought he was just a dreamer, but because of his curiosity, Einstein grew up to be one of the greatest scientists the world has ever known.

by Brad Meltzer - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, History

Jackie Robinson always loved sports, especially baseball. But even though Jackie was a great athlete, he wasn't allowed on the best teams just because of the color of his skin. Jackie knew that sports were best when everyone, of every color, played together. He became the first black player in Major League Baseball, and his bravery changed African-American history and helped pave the ongoing path to equality in all sports in America.

by Brad Meltzer - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, History

“Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography—for his own kids, and for yours. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Lucille Ball could make any situation funny. By making people around the world laugh, she proved that humor can take on anything.

by Brad Meltzer - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, History

When Helen Keller was very young, she got a rare disease that made her deaf and blind. Suddenly, she couldn't see or hear at all, and it was hard for her to communicate with anyone. But when she was six years old, she met someone who changed her life forever: her teacher, Annie Sullivan. With Miss Sullivan's help, Helen learned how to speak sign language and read Braille. Armed with the ability to express herself, Helen grew up to become a social activist, leading the fight for people with disabilities and so many other causes.