Children's Books

Biographies & Autobiographies for Children

  • FMO2 9 years +
    Gerald Durrell
    9 years +
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    Gerald Durrell's My Family And Other Animals will enthrall 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.
  • MALA 13 years +
    13 years +
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    The youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai has inspired people all over the world to stand up for what they believe in. In this book, she reveals how she stood up for education and managed to change the world.

    Just 10 years old when the Taliban took control of her region in Pakistan, Malala was shot point-blank by the Taliban for daring to stand up for girls' right to be educated. Surviving through the ordeal made Malala stronger and this book finds her looking back on her incredible life - from growing up in the Swat valley as it undertook drastic changes to the shooting, her recovery and her new life in England.

    Fully updated with new material, this is an inspiring read that shows just why Malala is so determined to make a right to education a reality for every child in the world.
  • Boy: Tales of Childhood - Paperback - 9780141365534 - Roald Dahl
    BYZ2 9 years +
    Roald Dahl
    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
  • FGK2 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Full of fantastic facts, this illustrated book provides children with an introduction to some of the greatest women of all time - and reveals their actions that shaped and changed the world.

    Presented in a very contemporary style by Kate Pankhurst - a descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst, no less - this book has cool artwork and accessible, bite-sized facts for children (and you!) to pore over.

    Among the incredible women it covers are leader of the Suffragettes Emmeline Pankhurst, adventurer and pilot Amelia Earhart and African-American civil rights activist Rosa Parks. This is an inspirational book that covers some of the key moments in history and it's sure to encourage children to read further.
  • Born Free Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781510101128
    BRNF 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Two dolphins are saved from a crumbling aquarium and sent back into the wild; lions Simba and Bella are moved from cramped captivity to Malawi where they find happiness; and two elephants are saved from a terrible fate.

    Inspired by incredible true stories from the Born Free Foundation, these books will appeal to anyone aged 7 or over who has a soft spot for animals.
  • ADUWJ 7 years +
    Susanna Davidson
    7 years +
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    These are four new titles in this burgeoning series, providing a great introduction to the remarkable lives of important historical figures. Each book describes a famous life, following the protagonist through their triumphs and tribulations. It has lively speech, colourful illustrations and photographs that bring the reader closer to the action as the story unfolds.
  • APNXM 7 years +
    Rosie Dickins
    7 years +
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    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.
  • APNNV 7 years +
    Rachel Firth
    7 years +
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    Suitable for children aged 7 and over, this book chronicles the life and times of Julius Caesar.

    Spanning the life of the great leader from his teens to his brutal assassination, and featuring events such as Caesar's capture by pirates as a young man, his military successes across Europe, encounters with Cleopatra and becoming dictator of Rome, this is a must-read for any child with an interest in history.
  • ALVKA 7 years +
    Susanna Davidson
    7 years +
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    Who exactly was Queen Elizabeth I, when did she live and what was she like? What did she wear and who were her enemies? These and other questions are answered in this biography of one of England's most famous monarchs.
  • AWJDH 7 years +
    Susanna Davidson
    7 years +
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    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.
  • AIPQC 7 years +
    Katie Daynes
    7 years +
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    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.
  • AMTEY 7 years +
    Katie Daynes
    7 years +
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    This is a brand new series, bringing to life the fascinating lives of famous historical figures. Lively speech, gentle humour and full- colour illustrations bring the reader closer to the action as the story unfolds. Young readers will learn about each famous character as they read about their achievements. Ages 7-11
  • AMTFA 7 years +
    Katie Daynes
    7 years +
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    These are four new titles in this burgeoning series, providing a great introduction to the remarkable lives of important historical figures. Each book describes a famous life, following the protagonist through their triumphs and tribulations. It has lively speech, colourful illustrations and photographs that bring the reader closer to the action as the story unfolds.
  • AMTEU 7 years +
    7 years +
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    In 1492 Christopher Colombus set sail across the Atlantic, on a voyage into the unknown. He was looking for a quicker route to the Indies. What he found was a whole New World...Ages 7-11.
  • AMTES 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Born into a wealthy family, Florence Nightingale could have lived a life of leisure and luxury. Instead she longed to be a nurse. In 1830, that was the last thing a rich girl could do - but Florence was no ordinary girl. Ages 7-11.
  • AMTET 7 years +
    Rebecca Levene
    7 years +
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    Three new titles in this burgeoning series, providing a great introduction to the remarkable lives of important historical figures.Each book describes a famous life, following the protagonist through their triumphs and tribulations.Lively speech, gentle humour and colourful illustrations bring the reader closer to the action as the story unfolds.
  • AMTFB 7 years +
    Lucy Lethbridge
    7 years +
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    Usborne Famous Lives: NapoleonStirring narrative and lively dialogue combine with full-colour illustrations to bring Napoleon's epic story to life.

    Young readers will be intrigued and excited as they follow Napoleon's remarkable life from a humble Corsican childhood to Emperor of France.

    Part of Young Reading Series 3 for fully confident readers.

    Sent to a military school at nine, Napoleon rapidly rose through the ranks of the French Army. But a brilliant military career wasn't enough. Soon, he had seized control of France - and then he embarked upon a plan to rule all of Europe.
  • APWOC 7 years +
    Roy Apps
    7 years +
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    When Louis Smith was seven he was faced with a choice that would change the course of his whole life. He chose the path of an athlete, but he lacked concentration and was easily distracted. As a punishment his coach made him perform circles on the pommel horse...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.
  • AQAUX 5 years +
    Tessa Potter
    5 years +
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    Each title in this series tells the story of a man or woman whose dedication to their chosen cause led to changes that affect all our lives today. Each includes a vivid description of the world in which the famous person lived. This book describes how one blind French boy developed a system of reading, in the early part of the nineteenth century, that opened up the world to blind people everywhere. His development of a system of dots to represent letters was based on a military method of night communications. Through his story, the reader also learns what life was like for blind people then, and what a difference Braille made to them, while accurate drawings show how the Braille system works.
  • AMKLS 7 years +
    Andrea Shavick
    7 years +
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    At school, Roald Dahl looked forward most to those special days when the local chocolate company sent every pupil a large box of chocolate bars for testing. Years later he wrote a children's book inspired by the chocolate testing. It was one of the first of a string of incredibly funny, rude and amazing stories, which millions of children have read and enjoyed. Other titles in the series: Amelia Earhart, Alexander the Great, Captain Cook, Cleopatra, Eric the Red Galileo, Gandhi, Hans Christian Andersen, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and William Shakespeare.
  • AVXUK
    Lynne Barrett-Lee
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    The abridged, junior edition of the story of Able Seacat Simon, beloved hero of the high seas. A must for Michael Morpurgo fans! When an orphaned kitten is discovered in the Hong Kong docks in 1948 by a British sailor, he has no idea of the journey that awaits him. Smuggled onto HMS Amethyst and named 'Simon' by his new friends, the little cat quickly gets used to life on the seas and appoints himself chief rat-catcher. When tragedy strikes, Seacat Simon keeps spirits up - but it's a long and dangerous journey back to England for the heroic kitten and his crewmates ...Inspired by real events, this is the story of 'Able Seacat' Simon's adventures and heroics in dangerous wartime seas, as told by the cat himself!
  • AJHCZ
    Anne Chambers
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    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!
  • AMKCZ 7 years +
    Neil Grant
    7 years +
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    Eric the Red was wild and hot-headed, even for a Viking. His quick temper was always getting him into trouble. But he learned quickly, and in time became a great warrior and a fearless adventurer. He discovered a new land - Greenland - and founded a new nation. Other titles in the series: *Amelia Earhart *Alexander the Great *Captain Cook *Cleopatra *Galileo *Gandhi *Hans Christian Andersen *Henry Ford *Roald Dahl *Thomas Edison *William Shakespeare
  • BHMWE
    Susan Blackaby
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    At once daring, clever, smart, rich, determined and rash, Cleopatra is one of history's most fascinating figures. Here, children will find out all about: the Ptolemy Dynasty into which she was born, its traditions and infighting; the role of women in ancient Egypt; how she ascended to and maintained her place on, the throne; her relationships with both Caesar and Mark Antony and the political repercussions of these affairs within the Roman Empire and Egypt; and, her death in Alexandria and much more, all beautifully illustrated.