Children's Books

Biographies & Autobiographies for Children

  • FMO2 9 years +
    Gerald Durrell
    9 years +
    (1)
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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.
  • AXDIA 7 years +
    Elena Favilli
    7 years +
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    What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 6DYG 11 years +
    Anne Frank
    11 years +
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    Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is a haunting book that will stay with the reader for ever. Thirteen-year-old Anne spent two years in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Her diary combines honesty and humour with typical teenage enthusiasm, but ultimately it's a harrowing and poignant read as it ends abruptly when she and her family are discovered by the Nazis and taken to a concentration camp. Suitable for readers from 11+.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • 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.
  • AHAZH 9 years +
    Raina Telgemeier
    9 years +
    (1)
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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.
  • 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.
  • AQCMU 7 years +
    Clive Gifford
    7 years +
    • £12.99
    The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. Each book looks at the background, life and achievements of a personality and their impact on popular culture, as well as detailing the everyday facets of their job and how they have gained such success. Andy Murray is a history-making tennis champion, who, in 2013, became the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men's singles final. The previous year, he won an Olympic gold medal at the London Games. He uses his high profile to raise money for charities and to encourage children to take up sport.
  • AIOOG 9 years +
    William Grill
    9 years +
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    With its stunning coloured-pencil illustrations, Shackleton's Journey, winner of the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, is a keepsake book that provides a detailed visual narrative Shackleton's famous expedition to Antarctica.

    Reminiscent of The Snowman author-illustrator Raymond Briggs and David Hockney, William Grill's visual book manages to evoke the atmosphere, excitement and spirit of the expedition and are wonderfully rich and atmospheric.

    An amazingly presented way for children as young as 7 to learn about an important moment in history.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.