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Biographies & Autobiographies for Kids

  • Trombone Shorty

    Troy Andrews

    Product Code: AMZQJ
    Hardback
    Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music
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  • True Grit

    Bear Grylls

    Product Code: AXJQP
    Paperback
    Who are the people that inspired Bear Grylls to become one of the world's toughest adventurers? From famous explorers whose never-say-die attitude led them to achieve astonishing feats, to everyday people unexpectedly caught up in life-threatening situations, True Grit is a collection of some of the toughest feats of survival ever accomplished. Learn what it takes to make it through alive in some of the planet's most dangerous locations from these exciting tales of death-defying resilience. Abridged for younger readers.
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  • I am Albert Einstein

    Brad Meltzer

    Product Code: ALHRA
    Hardback
    Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author and History Channel TV host, is on a mission to give kids the right role models. His engaging picture book series, playfully illustrated by comic book artist Christopher Eliopoulos, shares the stories of heroes in a way that will inspire every reader to strive for greatness. Such as the tale of Albert Einstein, who struggled in school and was called a foolish dreamer by one of his teachers, but whose dreaming led to a theory of relativity that showed us a whole new view of our universe.
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  • Little Leap Forward

    Guo Yue

    Product Code: ABBDJ
    Paperback
    A sensitively written, real-life story about a boy called Little Leap Forward, growing up in the hutongs of Beijing in the 1960s, at the time of the Cultural Revolution. Little Leap Forward offers children an intimate and immediate account of a child's experiences as Mao Tse Tung's Great Leap Forward policy tightens its grips on China. This is presented in a paperback chapter book format with full-colour illustrations.
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  • Pirate Queen of Ireland

    Anne Chambers

    Product Code: AJHCZ
    Paperback
    This is the true story of Grace O'Malley, or Granuaile, who ruled on land and sea in Connaught over 400 years ago. A Pirate Queen and Chieftain, she became a legend. We meet Grace as a young girl on Ireland's west coast. Her father is a strong chieftain and loves the sea. Despite her parents' objections, Grace becomes a better sailor than any of her father's crew and so the adventures of the Pirate Queen begin. We sail on her galley to Spain where war with England affects Grace and Ireland. We meet her husbands, Donal of the Battles and Richard in Iron, and are on board ship for her son's birth and pirate attacks. After many escapades we sail to London for her famous meeting with Queen Elizabeth I. And we stay with her in her castle at Rockfleet where she dies in 1603. This non-fiction account is a must for kids who love Irish history!
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  • Between the Lines: My Autobiography

    Victoria Pendleton

    Product Code: AGKIF
    Paperback
    The Golden Girl of British cycling opens up, for the first time, in searingly honest detail about what drives her to compete in a sport she no longer loves. Written with Donald McRae, 2-time winner of the William Hill Award, "Between the Lines" is a gripping story of success against the odds. Victoria Pendleton MBE is not your typical female athlete. Admired as much by the weekly glossies as she is the newspaper back pages, she transcends her sport. In 2005 she became first British female to win Gold at the cycling World Championships in 40 years. She followed it up with gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and another World Championship in 2007. Arriving in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, Pendleton was on top of the world, taking Gold and joining the ranks of British Olympic heroes. And then it started to go wrong. Feted by the press and the public alike, behind the scenes the cracks and strains started to show. Despite retaining her World Champion status in 2009, it was a close run thing and her shield of invincibility started to drop. Victoria was falling out of love with her sport. The sport that had made her was starting to tear her apart. Between the Lines documents the considerable lows as well as the highs and reveals what it took to turn her life around and achieve glory at London 2012.
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  • My Spiritual Autobiography

    Dalai Lama XIV

    Product Code: AELYC
    Paperback
    This book is a first. There has never been one entirely dedicated to the spiritual life of the Dalai Lama. Yet as one of the world's most recognised, and respected, spiritual leaders there is already great interest in such a work from His Holiness' thousands of friends and followers around the world. The Dalai Lama sees himself first and foremost as a human being, secondly as a monk and thirdly as the former political leader of Tibet. In this extraordinary book we read many hitherto unknown stories from his childhood, his formation as a monk and his gradual development as a leader of his people. We are offered a view of his daily spiritual practise, invited to listen in on the dialogue he has been pursuing with other religions, with non-believers and with scientists in his search for ethical and environmental principles, and shown how he brings a sense of goodness and conscience to political life around the globe. In a world that is so profoundly interdependent, the Dalai Lama explains how he transforms himself through spiritual means in order to have a positive effect on the world, and he encourages us to do the same by working on ourselves first of all.
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  • Story of the Titanic

    Steve Noon

    Product Code: ADSRB
    Hardback
    This is the tragic story of the world's largest and most luxurious liner told in pictures. "Story of the Titanic" presents and dissects one of the most tragic events of the 20th Century in a dramatic insight into the Titanic's construction and fit-out, to its maiden voyage. You'll also hear the tales of the people on board including the captain, members of the crew, and passengers from first, second, and third class. A series of twelve beautiful and unique illustrations with cutaway scenes, by award-winning artist Steve Noon, retell the story of the "unsinkable" liner from the start of its maiden voyage to its disastrous death.
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  • Mao's Last Dancer

    Li Cunxin

    Product Code: ADCKQ
    Paperback 9 years +
    This is the true story of a poor Chinese peasant boy who, plucked unsuspectingly at the age of ten from millions of others across the land to be trained as a ballet dancer, turned the situation to his advantage to become one of the world's greatest ballet stars. Simply told, with charm, humour and compassion and at times, this is a great drama. His childhood, despite the terrible hardships, is drawn with love and affection and contrasts starkly with the seven lonely years of gruelling training at the Peking Dance Academy. At the age of l8, Li performs at the Houston Ballet school in the US, which leads to his dramatic defection. This is a condensed edition, specially for younger readers, and has an Afterword especially for children.
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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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  • The One That Got Away

    Chris Ryan

    Product Code: AATLG
    Paperback 9 years +
    The heroic, real-life personal account of Chris Ryan's most famous mission, "The One That Got Away", is now reworked for a new generation. Some authors just write about it. Chris Ryan has been there, done it - and here is the gripping real-life tale ...During the Gulf War in 1991, Chris Ryan became separated from the other members of the SAS patrol, Bravo Two Zero. Alone, he beat off an Iraqi attack and set out for Syria. Over the next seven days he walked almost 200 miles, his life constantly in danger. Of the eight SAS members involved in this famous mission, only one escaped capture. This is his story...
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  • The Boy and His Mud Horse

    Paul Goble

    Product Code: BFOVU
    Paperback
    "Imagine that you are sitting on buffalo robes in the tipi, with the fire at the centre casting flickering shadows on the painted lining behind you. Someone places a glowing coal in front of the storyteller. He rubs his hands in the smoke, and passing them over his head and body, he purifies himself. The Star People looking down through the smoke hole will be witness to the truth of the stories he will tell..." With this powerful imagery begins Paul Goble's new masterpiece, THE BOY AND HIS MUD HORSES. Readers young and old will delight to learn how the Cheyenne began to hunt buffalo; how the Blackfoot made peace with the Shoshone; and the cautionary tale of the man who betrayed his wife. These 27 traditional stories from many different Native American tribes, including the Pawnee, Cheyenne, Blackfoot, and Lakota, are all masterfully brought to life by Goble's award-winning illustrations. Foreword by Albert White Hat, Sr.
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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