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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 Kids

  • 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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  • Nelson Mandela

    Katie Daynes

    Product Code: AIPQC
    Hardback 7 years +
    One of the most inspirational figures the world has ever seen, this insightful book takes a look at the tumultuous and ultimately glorious life and career of Nelson Mandela.

    Written in an accessible style for children aged 7+ by Katie Daynes, the book follows Mandela's life from his rural childhood through to his time with the ANC; his fight against apartheid; his 27 years in prison; and his world-changing appointment as South Africa's first black president.

    Genuinely moving, poignant and triumphant, this book will show children just how South Africa's most-wanted fugitive went on to become the country's greatest leader.
    • £5.39
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  • What's So Special About Shakespeare?

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AREHY
    Paperback 7 years +
    So what was it like to live in Shakespeare's time? What do we actually know about him? And how does someone become that famous? These are just a few of the questions addressed in this lively and accessible book on the life and works of William Shakespeare by award-winning author Michael Rosen. Ideal for browsing, the text is divided into clear sections and includes studies of four of Shakespeare's plays, intriguing facts and information about Shakespeare himself and the world at this time, accompanied by a useful timeline.
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  • Vincent Van Gogh

    Alix Wood

    Product Code: APWYJ
    Hardback 7 years +
    Great Artists introduces young readers to some of the world's great artists. The books feature easy-to-read text and some of the most famous examples of each artist's work, as well as photographs of places and people of importance.
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  • Nicola Adams

    Roy Apps

    Product Code: APWOS
    Paperback 7 years +
    It takes blood, sweat and tears to get to the top of any sport, and these short, inspirational biographies show just how tough it can be. Focusing on top athletes and sport personalities, each dramatic story brings to life the skill, determination and luck needed to break through into top level competition. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.
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  • William Shakespeare

    Rosie Dickins

    Product Code: APNXM
    Hardback 7 years +
    William dreams of acting and writing plays. This ambition takes him from the quiet country town of Stratford to the great playhouses of London, where his talent takes the city by storm...The life of Britain's most famous playwright told for children ready to tackle longer and more complex books.
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  • Stuff That Scares Your Pants Off!

    Glenn Murphy

    Product Code: ACKUT
    Paperback 7 years +
    In "Stuff That Scares Your Pants Off!", Glenn Murphy shows us that it is OK to be scared and that there are very good reasons why we are able to feel fear. He looks closely at our most common fears, including natural disasters, predators, spiders, disease, needles, dentists, crashes, darkness, speaking in public, heights, ghosts and monsters, to show us how much of that fear is perhaps unnecessary. The result is a fun, carefully pitched, popular-science title that mixes great true-life stories with the psychology of fear, the statistical probabilities of things happening and a lot of reassurance.
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  • Leonardo Da Vinci

    Karen Ballard

    Product Code: APNND
    Hardback 7 years +
    Vividly describes the life of da Vinci, from his country childhood to his amazing legacy and explores many of his works of art, science, mechanics and architecture. Illustrated with photographs of real-life locations, artwork illustrations by Christina Uzner and reproductions of Leonardo's most famous works. Developed in consultation with reading experts from Roehampton University and a distinguished art historian.
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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