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Brad Meltzer

Biography

Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE INNER CIRCLE and 10 other bestselling thrillers. He is also the author of the Ordinary People Change the World series of picture book biographies --- which includes I AM HARRIET TUBMAN --- and is the host of the History Channel television shows "Decoded" and "Lost History," in which he helped find the missing 9/11 flag. He lives in Florida.

Brad Meltzer

Books by Brad Meltzer

written by Brad Meltzer with illustrations by David Mack, John Cassaday, Nate Powell, Bryan Hitch - Biography, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, Graphic Novel, History

As a young man in India, Gandhi saw firsthand how people were treated unfairly. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. He used his methods in South Africa and India, where he led a nonviolent revolution that freed his country from British rule. Through his calm, steady heroism, Gandhi changed the lives of millions and inspired civil rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can be the most powerful. 

Written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. - Biography, Children's 5-8

Henson was a born performer with a terrific sense of humor, and he used those talents to help create two of the most beloved programs in television history: The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. Through his Muppets, Jim showed the world that there’s nothing more beautiful than imagination, especially when it’s accompanied by laughter and kindness.

by Brad Meltzer - Biography, Children's 4-8

New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer brings together a remarkable group of heroes with one thing in common: they were ordinary people who became extraordinary. The 52 featured figures represent the spectacular potential we all have within us to change the world. The format allows for reading straight through or at your own pace, and includes photos, quotes, brief biographies and vignettes that highlight the single moment that made each person great. The wonderfully diverse heroes included in the book are men, women, historical, contemporary, athletes, actors, inventors, politicians and so many more.

by Brad Meltzer - Biography, Children's 4-8, Nonfiction

New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer brings together a remarkable group of heroes with one thing in common: they were ordinary people who became extraordinary. The 60 featured figures represent the spectacular potential we all have within us to change the world. The format includes photos, quotes, brief biographies and vignettes that highlight the single moment that made each person great. The wonderfully diverse heroes included in the book are women, men, historical, contemporary, athletes, actors, inventors, politicians and so many more.

by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos - Biography, Children's, Children's 5-8, Children's Nonfiction, History, Youth Fiction

George Washington was one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known. He was never afraid to be the first to try something, from exploring the woods around his childhood home to founding a brand new nation, the United States of America. With his faith in the American people and tremendous bravery, he helped win the Revolutionary War and became the country’s first president.
 

by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos - Biography, Children's, Children's 5-8, Children's Nonfiction, History, Youth Fiction

Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant historical figure, told in a simple, conversational, vivacious way, and always focusing on a character trait that makes the person a role model for kids. The heroes are depicted as children throughout, telling their life stories in first-person present tense, which keeps the books playful and accessible to young children.This tenth book in the series features Jane Goodall, the scientist and conservationist who is famous for her work with chimpanzees.

Written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos - Children's 5-9, Picture

 Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant historical figure, told in a simple, conversational, vivacious way, and always focusing on a character trait that makes the person a role model for kids. The heroes are depicted as children throughout, telling their life stories in first-person present tense, which keeps the books playful and accessible to young children. And each book ends with a line of encouragement, a direct quote, photos, a timeline, and a source list. This tenth book in the series features Jane Goodall, the scientist and conservationist who is famous for her work with chimpanzees.

Written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos - Children's 5-9, Picture

George Washington was one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known. He was never afraid to be the first to try something, from exploring the woods around his childhood home to founding a brand new nation, the United States of America. With his faith in the American people and tremendous bravery, he helped win the Revolutionary War and became the country’s first president.

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.  

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

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

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

“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, 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.