Children's Books

Biographies & Autobiographies for Children

  • The Great Artists Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9789352762026
    GRTA 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Young art lovers can learn all about the lives of the greats with this six-book collection.

    These picture books offer easy-to-follow biographies of Vincent van Gogh, Michelangelo, Claude Monet, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Rembrandt. They explain where they grew up and the experiences that inspired them to create such admired works.

    The artwork in each book is stunning and provides children with an accessible introduction to different art styles and these hugely influential artists.
  • AUVQP 5 years +
    Isabel Sanchez Vegara
    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.
  • AXDHK 5 years +
    Isabel Sanchez Vegara
    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 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.
  • AXDHJ 5 years +
    Isabel Sanchez Vegara
    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 Agatha Christie, who taught herself to read at the age of five, on her journey to becoming the most famous crime writer of all time. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Agatha's life at the back.
  • AHAZH 9 years +
    Raina Telgemeier
    9 years +
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    Raina just wanted to be a normal girl, but one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's stil more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion and friends who turn out to not be so friendly.
  • AKGXF 7 years +
    7 years +
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    This title helps you explore the fascinating life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. DK Eyewitness Gandhi is a spectacular and informative guide to one of history's most complex and revered personalities. Striking photographs offer you a unique view of Mahatma Gandhi's legacy, tracing his life from his early childhood to his assassination, highlighting his affirmation as a leader, his involvement in Indian Independence and his timeless ideas about world peace. Follow in Gandhi's steps as this book helps you uncover his role in key historical moments, like the Partition of India, the Dandi March and the Quit India Movement. You'll also be guided through Gandhi's philosophies and strategies, such as Satyagraha and Swadeshi and given a global view on Gandhi's impact on events such as World War II. You can discover Gandhi's fascinating story, as each chapter showcases a different side of his complex personality. You can meet the shrewd politician and master tactician who challenged the British Empire and learn about the social reformer and economic visionary who championed lifelong education and self-sufficiency for India. DK Eyewitness Gandhi provides the perfect combination of information and great ideas for school projects. Children will learn about Gandhi's remarkable life and how an individual has the power to change the world.
  • ALHRA
    Brad Meltzer
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    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.
  • ALKSI 9 years +
    Alastair Humphreys
    9 years +
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    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.
  • AELYC
    Dalai Lama XIV
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    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.
  • AGKIF
    Victoria Pendleton
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    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.
  • AMIZX 11 years +
    Nick Hunter
    11 years +
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    What makes some famous women extraordinary? Read this series to find out. Each title explores their childhood, education, and their road to professional accomplishments. Read about others' perspectives on their lives, how life has changed for women, and how these women have broken boundaries.
  • APVKD 7 years +
    Sarah Ridley
    7 years +
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    Super Scientists are first biographies introducing some of the world's great scientists, simply retelling their lives and explaining why their work was important. Illustrated with archive images and photographs, the chronology of each lifetime is emphasised by a timeline that runs through the book. Marie Curie tells the story of this key scientific figure - covering her origins as the daughter of a Polish teacher through her work on radioactivity, winning the Nobel Prize, her professorship at the Sorbonne and her amazing legacy to science today.
  • AFNWT
    Tracey Turner
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    Read all about history's hardest hard nuts. Who were the most famous (and not-so-famous) ruthless, brave, fearless and intrepid men and women of all time? Could you fight in the greatest battle ever, or wow the whole world with your brain power? Each spread reveals a different historical character and readers can learn all about what made each person a hard nut. Spreads also include special features such as quizzes, hard nut ratings, and coverage of amazing and important historical events.
  • APXPF 5 years +
    Sarah Ridley
    5 years +
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    An engaging first-look at some of the most important and influential people in history. Churchill is famous for leading Britain as our Prime Minister during World War II and is one of history's most important leaders.
  • AMTEZ 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.
  • AMTFC 8 years +
    Katie Daynes
    8 years +
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    Published by Usborne and written by Katie Daynes, this book takes a look at the life and times of Marie Antoinette - an Austrian princess who became a queen laced with tragedy.

    Captivating from start to finish and written in an accessible style for children aged 8 and over, the book is full of full-colour illustrations that bring this poignant and heartbreaking story to life.
  • APNND 7 years +
    Karen Ballard
    7 years +
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    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.
  • APWOS 7 years +
    Roy Apps
    7 years +
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    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.
  • APXPB 5 years +
    Sarah Ridley
    5 years +
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    An engaging first-look at some of the most important and influential people in history. Henry was famous for having six wives and quarelling with the Catholic church. One of our most famous and notorious kings.
  • APXPH 5 years +
    Sarah Ridley
    5 years +
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    An engaging first-look at some of the most important and influential people in history. Nelson Mandela is famous for his passionate fight against aparthied in South Africa, becoming its first black president.He is one of history's most important leaders.
  • AQAVA 5 years +
    Emma Fischel
    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 vivid narrative tells of how, two thousand years ago, when the Romans invaded Britain, not everyone went down without a fight. The book paints a picture of a wild Britain, of oppressed peoples and how one brave woman defied the might of Rome. Readers learn of how both the Romans and British lived, how they organised themselves, and how different peoples treated each other Brilliant line illustrations bring to life the excitement of battle and also the harshness and tragedy of defeat. The book is a handy companion to those readers learning about the Romans in Key Stage 2.
  • AQCKM 7 years +
    Clive Gifford
    7 years +
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    The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. This title looks at the life of Ellie Simmonds, the troubles she has overcome and the sacrifices she has made to become the swimming champion that she is today.

    Learn about her performances at the Beijing Olympics and at London 2012, and how she has made an impact on Paralympic sport.
  • AREHY 7 years +
    Michael Rosen
    7 years +
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    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.
  • AYDFL
    Michelle Markel
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    A picture book biography about John Newbery, pioneering author and publisher--for whom the prestigious Newbery medal is named--and the revolution in children's books that he led.