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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 6DYG 11 years +
    Anne Frank
    11 years +
    (4)
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • JED2 9 years +
    David Long
    9 years +
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    Meet Jet, the Alsation who searched through ruins during the Blitz bombings to find survivors; Sergeant Stubby, the dog who caught a spy and many more heroic animals in Jet the Rescue Dog and Other Extraordinary Stories of Animals in Wartime.

    Dogs, horses, cats and even birds, camels and elephants saved thousands of lives through their instinct, intelligence, courage, bravery and devotion throughout the wartime era and this book celebrates them all.

    Written by David Long and illustrated by Peter Bailey, these are poignant, moving and ultimately uplifting true stories about the brave and silent animal heroes of wartime. The beautiful hardback will appeal to animal-loving readers aged 9 and over.
  • 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.
  • KD4307 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Published in association with Imperial War Museums, this book offers young children an introduction to one of the most important and tragic events in the history of the world - the First World War.

    Packed with facts, photographs, maps and documents from the era, the book brings the key events vividly to life in an accessible way. It reveals what happened between 1914 and 1918 and how armies used animals and propaganda for their gain.

    So devastating it was called the 'war to end all wars', this is an informative book for any child interested in history and a must-read for all to learn about global conflict.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AEYNU 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Roald Dahl writing about his own childhood is a treat for any Dahl fan - young or old. These stories are warm, touching, funny and show the development of one of our most treasured children's writers.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • APWYJ 7 years +
    Alix Wood
    7 years +
    • £11.99
    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.
  • AAYTE 8 years +
    Terry Deary
    8 years +
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    Terry Deary's Horrible Histories books are always a hit with youngsters who love finding out about the gory and gruesome side of past events, so Cruel Kings and Mean Queens is guaranteed to go down a storm. Find out which king died after falling off the toilet and why people thought King John was a werewolf. Kate Sheppard's witty illustrations add to the appeal!

  • AMTEW 7 years +
    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.
  • ADMZI 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Meet the people who helped shape the world we know today. "100 People Who Made History" is no ordinary history book. Inventors and explorers rub shoulders with political leaders, sports stars, and entertainers. From Marco Polo to Marie Curie via Pele, this top 100 comes from all over the world, taking in all types of people. Packed with engaging graphics and plenty of unusual facts, each profile describes the major influences and tells true stories about the movers and shakers from our history. You can take a seat and meet the people that have changed our world and discover how they did it.