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Introducing children to popular historical, literary and current figures, biographies and autobiographies for kids are perfect for inquisitive children. Written for young readers, the selection below will surely whet their intellectual appetites – take a look for yourself.

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Biographies & Autobiographies for Children

Introducing children to popular historical, literary and current figures, biographies and autobiographies for kids are perfect for inquisitive children. Written for young readers, the selection below will surely whet their intellectual appetites – take a look for yourself.

  • Boy: Tales of Childhood

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: BYZ2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Boy, Roald Dahl's bestselling autobiography, is full of hilarious anecdotes about his childhood and school days - and is, of course, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

    As a boy, all sorts of unusual things happened to Roald Dahl. There was the time he and four school friends got their revenge on beastly Mrs Prachett in her sweet shop. There are stories of holidays in fishing boats, African adventures and the days of tasting chocolate for Cadbury's.

    You'll hear tales of horrible school bullies and the motor-car accident when Roald's nose was nearly sliced clean off... Roald Dahl vividly shares his memories; some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. All are true
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  • Hana's Suitcase

    Karen Levine

    Product Code: CAE2
    Paperback 12 years +
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    Hana's Suitcase is a remarkable true story.

    A suitcase arrived at a children's holocaust education centre in Tokyo back in March, 2000. It belonged to an orphan called Hana Brady.

    This book reveals how desperate everyone was to discover the story of Hana. It reveals who she was and what happened to her...
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  • Black Friday

    What Would She Do?

    Kay Woodward

    Product Code: WHSD
    Hardback 9 years +
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    Kay Woodward's What Would She Do tells the stories of 25 women whose actions changed the world and then asks what each one would do if they were caught up in a current situation and how they would deal with each predicament.

    Compiled by an all-female team and with artwork by extremely talented illustrators, this book features the likes of Cleopatra, Amelia Earhart and Malala Yousafzai and explains what they did and why they have inspired so many to follow in their footsteps.

    Celebrating all of these women's achievements, this book reveals how they had to overcome issues many girls all over the world are experiencing even now: inequality, gender stereotyping, bullying and body shaming. It shows girls of all ages they can also achieve great things by following in these brilliant women's footsteps.
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  • My Family and Other Animals

    Gerald Durrell

    Product Code: FMO2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Gerald Durrell's My Family And Other Animals will enthral confident readers aged 9 and over who enjoy animal stories.

    Based on the author's own childhood obsessions, this is a lively and entertaining story that whisks the reader away to the stunning island of Corfu on a series of adventures involving scorpions, snakes and more. It's thrilling and very funny, too!

    Fans of My Family And Other Animals may also enjoy Gill Lewis' Sky Hawk.
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  • Kunkush

    Marne Ventura

    Product Code: KNU2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Kunkush is a cat who was separated from his family when they fled Iraq to become refugees in Europe. This is the heart-warming and poignant true story of how they reunited.

    Fully illustrated in stunning style, the narrative will help children understand more about refugees and the obstacles they have to overcome in order to find a better life while Kunkush is a lovable character that is sure to delight cat lovers of all ages.
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  • Black Friday

    I am a Hero

    Product Code: IAMA
    Hardback 10 years +
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    The interactive quizzes, charts and drawing activities in this fill-in book will help children learn all about history's greatest and most influential women.

    From historical world leaders to modern pioneers and international muses, these are incredible concise biographies that are sure to inspire and empower readers - and the interactive nature makes them even more appealing.

    This book is packed with biographies, quotes and stunning illustrations of historical figures from the worlds of sport, science, popular culture and politics.
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  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

    Elena Favilli

    Product Code: AXDIA
    Hardback 7 years +
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    What if a princess didn't marry went on to become an astronaut? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom?

    Illustrated by 60 female artists from every corner of the globe, this essential book introduces children to 100 remarkable women including Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

    A truly empowering, moving and inspirational read.

    This title was shortlisted for 2018's British Book Award Children's Book of the Year.
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  • Ice Trap!

    Meredith Hooper

    Product Code: BMFES
    Paperback
    An amazing tale of heroism and ingenuity, this dramatic picture book tells the story of Shackleton's incredible adventure in the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. In August 1914, during the height of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off from England with a team of explorers to walk across the Antarctic and study the icy depths of this new and forbidding continent. Sailing through some of the most perilous seas, the Endurance becomes trapped in the deadly pack ice of the Weddell sea. When the Endurance is eventually crushed between the vast bulk of two floating icebergs, the men are forced to abandon ship and make the dangerous journey across the crushing sea in lifeboats. They reach relative safety on the uninhabited Elephant Island, but an even greater peril faces Shackleton and five other members of the crew.
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  • 1066: The Norman Conquest

    Jim Eldridge

    Product Code: BZIQM
    Paperback
    I Was There... is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to imagine that they were really there. I Was There... 1066 tells the thrilling story of a young page boy at the heart of the Battle of Hastings. Edwin risks everything to infiltrate the Norman army and find out William of Normany's plans for King Harold. Brilliantly reimagined, readers aged 7+ will love this vivid and exciting first-hand account of the last successful military invasion of England.
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  • Shackleton's Journey

    William Grill

    Product Code: AIOOG
    Hardback 9 years +
    With its stunning coloured-pencil illustrations, Shackleton's Journey, winner of the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, is a keepsake book that provides a detailed visual narrative Shackleton's famous expedition to Antarctica.

    Reminiscent of The Snowman author-illustrator Raymond Briggs and David Hockney, William Grill's visual book manages to evoke the atmosphere, excitement and spirit of the expedition and are wonderfully rich and atmospheric.

    An amazingly presented way for children as young as 7 to learn about an important moment in history.
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  • The Boy Who Biked the World

    Alastair Humphreys

    Product Code: ALKSI
    Paperback 9 years +
    Tom really wants to be an explorer. His favourite book is an atlas and he follows adventurers not footballers. His schooldays are spent daydreaming about travelling from Tibet to Timbuktu. A private wish blurted out loud started his freewheeling adventure: I'm going to cycle round the world. His classmates laughed. No one believed him, least of all his teacher. The mountains will be too high! The desert is too hot! Everyone shouted their reasons why his dream was impossible. But it was a funny thing, the more that people told him he couldn't do it, the more Tom found himself wanting to prove them wrong.
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  • 100 People Who Made History

    Product Code: ADMZI
    Hardback 7 years +
    Meet the people who helped shape the world we know today. "100 People Who Made History" is no ordinary history book. Inventors and explorers rub shoulders with political leaders, sports stars, and entertainers. From Marco Polo to Marie Curie via Pele, this top 100 comes from all over the world, taking in all types of people. Packed with engaging graphics and plenty of unusual facts, each profile describes the major influences and tells true stories about the movers and shakers from our history. You can take a seat and meet the people that have changed our world and discover how they did it.
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  • I am Malala

    Malala Yousafzai

    Product Code: APGQY
    Paperback 11 years +
    Written by Malala for her peers, this is the girl behind the Nobel Prize-winning icon. Film tie-in edition with HE NAMED ME MALALA, released 6th November, which tells Malala's story from Nobel Peace Prize to netball courts. Malala is the most significant teenager of the twenty first century. She was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on 9 October, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause. She was shot point-blank on her way home from school. No one expected her to survive. Now she is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. This is the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world-and did. It will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles, and the determination of one person to inspire change. 'It's a searing and personal portrait of a young woman who dared to make a difference' PW
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  • Marie Curie

    Isabel Sanchez Vegara

    Product Code: AXDHK
    Hardback 5 years +
    In the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. The book follows Marie Curie, whose love of learning helped her to revolutionise the fight against cancer with her discovery of radium and polonium. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Marie's life at the back.
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  • Usborne Famous Lives: Captain Cook

    Rebecca Levene

    Product Code: AMTET
    Hardback 7 years +
    Learn all about the life of Captain Cook in this concise biography. Written in friendly, accessible text with colourful illustrations, it reveals all of his trials and tribulations.
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  • Mahatma Gandhi

    Isabel Sanchez Vegara

    Product Code: BXLIN
    Hardback
    New in the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Mohandas Gandhi, the father of India. As a young teenager in India, Gandhi led a rebellious life and went against his parents' values. But as a young man, he started to form beliefs of his own that harked back to the Hindu principles of his childhood. Gandhi began to dream of unity for all peoples and religions. Inspired by this idea, he led peaceful protests to free India from British rule and unite the country - ending violence and unfair treatment. His bravery and free-thinking made him one of the most iconic people of peace in the world, known as Mahatma, meaning 'great soul'. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the activist's life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!
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  • Usborne Famous Lives: Florence Nightingale

    L. Lethbridge

    Product Code: AMTES
    Hardback 7 years +
    This is a concise biography of Florence Nightingale. It reveals how she was born into a wealthy family but instead of living a life of leisure and luxury, she decided to help people and become a nurse - something that was very out of the ordinary in 1830.
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  • Ariana Grande 100% Unofficial

    Malcolm Mackenzie

    Product Code: BYYTI
    Hardback
    Ariana is not just the ponytailed princess of pop, she is one of the world's biggest stars, every album and every single she releases tops the chart, she is the number one most followed female on Instagram, a fierce advocate for women's rights, and a supporter of the LGBT+ community, she's a businesswoman, an actress, and a survivor, who puts family first, and that includes seven rescue dogs. If anyone thinks they can come for her crown, we've got three words for them , "thank you, next."
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  • Little People, Big Dreams: Women in Science

    Isabel Sanchez Vegara

    Product Code: BRGPQ
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    Meet three inspirational women from the world of science: Ada Lovelace, Amelia Earhart and Marie Curie! This boxed gift set of three hardbacks introduces little ones to the lives of these amazing women.
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  • Malala

    Malala Yousafzai

    Product Code: BRGXP
    Paperback 7 years +
    This illustrated adaptation of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's bestselling memoir, I Am Malala, introduces readers of 7+ to the remarkable story of a teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school. Raised in a changing Pakistan by an enlightened father from a poor background and a beautiful, illiterate mother, Malala was taught to stand up for her beliefs. When terrorists took control of her region and declared that girls were forbidden from going to school, Malala refused to sacrifice her education. And on 9 October 2012, she nearly paid the ultimate price for her courage when she was shot on her way home from school. The book follows Malala's incredible journey to recovery in the aftermath of the attack, from the life-saving surgery she receives in a Birmingham hospital to her reunion with her family and their eventual relocation to England. Today Malala is a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Her story of bravery and determination in the face of extremism is more timely now than ever.
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  • EDGE: Sporting Heroes: Jamie Vardy

    Roy Apps

    Product Code: BMKKR
    Paperback
    This inspirational biography for children, written by award-winning author Roy Apps, follows the dream-come-true story of Jamie Vardy and his amazing rise to become a star striker in Leicester City's Premier League-winning side and top England goalscorer. Illustrated with colour artwork by Alessandro Valdrighi, including graphic novel-style panels, this book is perfect for sport-mad girls and boys with a reading age of 7, but will work perfectly well for older readers too. Printed on off-white paper using a reading font approved by the British Dyslexia Association, the Sporting Heroes series brings to life the skill, grit and determination needed to be a world-class sportsperson today. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of booksto get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
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  • Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different

    Ben Brooks

    Product Code: BSISS
    Hardback 7 years +
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    Bjoerk, Dr Seuss, Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Warhol, Ellen MacArthur, Greta Gerwig, Andrea Bocelli, Hua Mulan ... these are men and women who all dared to be different. Boys will be boys and girls will be girls - or so the meaningless saying goes. Because what if you're a girl and you like cage fighting? Or you're a boy and you love ballet? And what if you've always dreamed of being a scientist but you can't see anyone who looks or sounds like you, and who has left a legacy - in the form of microscopes and Bunsen burners - for you to follow? This is the book for children who want to know about the lives of those heroes who have led the way, changing the world for the better as they go. Following the runaway success of Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different, parents asked for a celebration of role models of both genders for boys and girls within the same book. Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different is the answer. These are the extraordinary stories of 100 famous and not-so-famous men and women, every single one of them an inspiring pioneer and creative genius in their own way, who broke the mould and made their dreams come true. Like Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different, this is a beautifully illustrated, evocative and inspirational book of amazing stories of amazing people, that will delight sons and daughters, nephews and nieces, and give them the courage to be themselves.
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  • Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders

    Kate Pankhurst

    Product Code: CAXMG
    Hardback
    Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, is back with a brand new wildly brilliant and accessible book about incredible women in the world of work. What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a BIG question that everyone is asked from an early age. Discover eye-opening facts about a collection of go-getting women who have pioneered careers in a kaleidoscope of different industries. Join scientists, doctors, athletes, hot-air balloonists and more, journey back in time with these brave, bold and brilliant women and discover that anything is possible when you make the most of YOUR talents. Prepare yourself for a celebration of women who opened doors and made it possible for more women to achieve amazing things today. Overflowing with beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in. List of women featured: Junko Tabei, Sophie Blanchard, Maria Merian, Elizabeth Magie, the London Matchgirls, Rosa May Billinghurst, Katherine Johnson, Annette Kellerman, Katia Krafft, Rosalind Franklin, James Barry, Madam C.J. Walker, Lotte Reiniger.
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  • Evacuee - a real-life World War Two story (new edition)

    Jan Pollard

    Product Code: BYWOM
    Paperback
    Evacuee - a real-life World War Two story is the author's own true story of her evacuation to the countryside during WWII. Beautifully told, readers aged 7+ will engage with this vivid account of her journey from war-torn London and how her escape from the Blitz changed her life for ever. The book includes black and white photographs taken at the time of the author's evacuation, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in this particular part of history.
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We stock a wide range of autobiographies and biographies for children, with each focusing on important figures from history and the present day. These sorts of books are a great resource for children, and will teach them lots about the world and the people who've shaped it.

Important stories

If you know a child who has a budding interest in the world around them, how it works and how it can be changed for the better, biographies for kids are perfect. They talk about people from the past as diverse as Mo Farah, Christopher Columbus and Marie Curie – people whose stories are engrossing and entertaining. Our autobiographies for children are also interesting, giving kids first-hand accounts from the people who matter.

New skills

The writing style of biographies and autobiographies lends itself well to the sorts of projects kids get up to at school, and reading them teaches them comprehension, informative writing and persuasive skills – all very important for building literacy skills in youngsters.

Browse our selection of biographies

Take a look through our range and find a book to suit your child. With so many on offer, we're certain you'll discover a title that'll get them engrossed.

Browse our full range of children's books

  • Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
  • Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine
  • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  • What Would She Do? by Kay Woodward
  • I am a Hero
  • Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favili
  • Winston Churchill by Katie Daynes