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Biographies & Autobiographies for Kids

  • Usborne Famous Lives: Christopher Columbus

    M. Lacey

    Product Code: AMTEU
    Hardback 7 years +
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    This book looks over the life of Christopher Columbus, from his childhood through to his 'discovery' of America.

    It looks over his triumphs and tribulations with lively text, colourful artwork and archive photographs.
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  • Going Solo

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: AQXLN
    Paperback 9 years +
    Phizz-whizzing new branding for the World's No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl. As a young man, Roald Dahl's adventures took him from London to East Africa, until the Second World War began and he became a RAF pilot. You'll read stories of whizzing through the air in a Tiger Moth Plane, encounters with deadly green mambas and hungry lions, and the terrible crash that led him to storytelling. Going Solo is exciting, enthralling and just like its prequel Boy - it's all True...Illustrated with photographs and original letters. And now you can listen to all of Roald Dahl's stories on audio, read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - and there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Also look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting Twit or Miss! and House of Twits inspired by the revolting Twits.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Little People, Big Dreams: Women in Art

    Isabel Sanchez Vegara

    Product Code: BRGST
    Other
    Meet three inspirational women from the arts: Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn! This boxed gift set of three hardbacks introduces little ones to the lives of these amazing women.
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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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  • The Great Plague

    Pamela Oldfield

    Product Code: CCYXH
    Paperback
    The Great Plague is a thrilling story of a young girl during the epidemic of 1665. It's 1665, and Alice is looking forward to being back in London. But the plague is spreading quickly, and as each day passes more red crosses appear on doors. When her aunt is struck down with the plague, she is forced to make a decision that could change her life forever... Alice's chilling diary brings alive one of the darkest momentsin British history: the Great Plague of 1665-1666. Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!
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  • Ada Lovelace

    Isabel Sanchez Vegara

    Product Code: BMGNZ
    Hardback 3 years +
    Irish Times: "The kind of books that adults will covet and collect as well... The language and structure is simple enough for young readers, while a biographical timeline at the end of each book offers greater historical complexity" Meet Ada Lovelace, the British mathematician and daughter of poet Lord Byron. New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, this inspiring and informative little biography follows the colourful life of Lord Byron's daughter, from her early love of logic, to her plans for the world's first computer program. With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. 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. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!
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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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  • Suffragette

    David Roberts

    Product Code: BPKWG
    Hardback 12 years +
    An exquisitely illustrated history of the women's suffrage movement, created by the New York Times bestselling David Roberts and introduced by BBC presenter Lauren Laverne. The year 2018 marks a century since the first women won the vote in the United Kingdom, and Suffragette tells the story of their fight. This is a tale of astounding bravery, ingenuity and strength. David's writing is accessible and his artwork full of rich detail, bringing to life the many vivid characters of the women's suffrage movement - from the militant activist and wheelchair user Rosa May Billinghurst to the world-famous Emmeline Pankhurst, Millicent Fawcett and Emily Wilding Davison. Covering the whole range of female and male suffragist experiences - from aristocrats to the middle and working class as well as a look at the global struggle for universal suffrage, Suffragette: The Battle for Equality makes a fantastic introduction to a fascinating topic. David Roberts' exquisite artwork and clear, exceptionally well-researched text make this the perfect gift. This 128 page book is fully colour illustrated on every page, and has been completed with advice from June Purvis, Emeritus Professor of Women's and Gender History at the University of Portsmouth.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2019's CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
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  • Little People, Big Dreams: Maya Angelou

    Isabel Sanchez Vegara

    Product Code: AUVQP
    Hardback 5 years +
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    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 Maya Angelou, from her early traumatic childhood to her time as a singer, actress, civil rights campaigner and, eventually, one of America's most beloved writers. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Maya's life at the back.
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  • War Hero Bear

    Jenny Robertson

    Product Code: AJQCD
    Paperback
    When a tiny orphaned bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II, little does anyone know that little Wojtek will become one of the bravest fighters of them all. As the soldiers train to take part in some of the fiercest fighting of the war, Wojtek grows up, providing headaches and laughter in equal measure as he learns to drink beer, chase horses and wrestle with his human friends. But at Monte Cassino, as the Allies try and dislodge German troops from their mountain-top eyrie, Wojtek, now a fully signed-up solider with his own rank and number, comes into his own, dodging the bullets to carry ammunition to his comrades as they inch their way to victory. After the war, the Polish solders move to Scotland. Wojtek comes too and soon becomes the centre of attention in a new country. But with hostilities ended, how long can he keep his freedom? Best-selling children's author Jenny Robertson explores the themes of friendship and trust in this moving and inspirational story.
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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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  • Ultimate Superstars: Ariana Grande

    Liz Gogerly

    Product Code: BUGCZ
    Paperback
    This is the story of how a young girl from Florida began her career in musical theatre, before a big break on television propelled her to international stardom. This retelling of Ariana's life story is perfect for young fans to learn about the early life of a musical megastar, and her amazing rise to fame. Discover a world where dreams really do come true!
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  • Little People, Big Dreams: Women in Science

    Isabel Sanchez Vegara

    Product Code: BRGPQ
    Other
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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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  • Race to the Frozen North

    Catherine Johnson

    Product Code: BQZZY
    Paperback
    Matthew Henson was simply an ordinary man. That was, until Commander Robert E. Peary entered his life, and offered him a chance at true adventure. Henson would become navigator, craftsman, translator, and right-hand man on a treacherous journey to the North Pole. Defying the odds and the many prejudices that faced him to become a true pioneer. This is his incredible and often untold story. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+
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  • Queen Elizabeth II

    Susanna Davidson

    Product Code: AWJDH
    Hardback 7 years +
    The Queen is one of the most famous women in the world. But what is she really like? This enthralling story of the life of Queen Elizabeth II is full of photographs and facts that capture the drama and grandeur of her reign as Britain's longest-serving monarch, from her childhood during the Second World War and her coronation up to the present day.
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  • The Life of Anne Frank

    Kay Woodward

    Product Code: CDBSE
    Other
    On the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, discover the inspirational biography of Anne Frank - the girl who refused to give up hope, even in the darkest of times. In 1942, Anne Frank was given the gift of a red-and-white checked diary for her thirteenth birthday. Nearly one month later Anne and her family went into hiding to escape the persecution of the Nazis, and so the diary of her life in hiding began. In this book, children can learn what life was like in the Secret Annex set to the background of tense radio news reports and constant fear of the ongoing war, as well as reading about Anne's thoughts, hopes and dreams of a better future. Packaged in a beautiful slipcase and featuring a red-and-white checked folder of additional content to personalise, including maps, recipes, drawings, letters to the future, story prompts, and much more. Readers can discover more about Anne, the Holocaust, and be inspired to keep their own diary.
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  • Empire's End - A Roman Story (Voices #4)

    Leila Rasheed

    Product Code: CCYSO
    Paperback
    A gripping Roman adventure told by a young North African girl who sets out on a danger-filled journey toBritain. When, Camilla, a young North African girl travels with her mother and father from Leptis Magna to Rome in 207 AD, she believes that she is going to the centre of the world. But just a few months later, the little family is dispatched to the very edge of it: Britannica. Tragedy strikes and, left alone with the Empress while her father travels north, Camilla has to navigate the tricky world of of secrets and danger in this cold place she must now call home. In this heart-stopping adventure based on real historical events, Leila Rasheed shows us a dangerous and intriguing time in Britain that's sure to fascinate young readers. VOICES: A thrilling series showcasing some of the UK's finest writers for young people. Voices reflects the authentic, unsung stories of our past. Each shows that, even in times of great upheaval, a myriad of people have arrived on this island and made a home for themselves - from Roman times to thepresent day.
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  • True Stories of Heroes

    Paul Dowswell

    Product Code: CBJXE
    Hardback
    A gripping collection of stories of courage and heroism. From a brave housewife's brave defiance of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany, to a doctor's risking her life to treat patients in a battle zone, this book contains inspiring tales of extraordinary courage from everyday people.
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  • Legends and Lore

    National Geographic Kids

    Product Code: CBIBJ
    Paperback
    Solve puzzles from the past in this third book in the spine-tingling series, featuring creepy creatures, eerie encounters, and spooky scenarios. A mysteries underwater cave in Mexico filled with ... human bones. The real evidence behind the long-lost children in the legend of the Pied Piper ... Why `here be dragons' was inscribed on centuries-old maps ... The next book in this exciting series will cover even more of history's most fascinating head-scratching conundrums, including the puzzling facts behind famous fairy tales and folklore, cryptic creatures of myth and legend, long-lost labyrinths filled with treasures, and so much more. Kids can dig into these mysteries, uncover clues, and ponder leading scientific theories to help decipher what really happened. Chock-full of cool photos, fun facts, spooky fun, and the latest new evidence and leading theories, this book will inspire kids to research like a detective and think like an explorer.
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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

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