I simply ADORE the Ordinary People Change the World book series! If you haven't seen them before, run- don't walk, to your local library! Amazon is a good choice, too- because sometimes I give up on the library and just go buy the book-it's cheaper! With all the money I have paid in late fees to my library, they really should build a new wing and name it after me. (I mean really, where's the gratitude?) ;)
...and there are even MORE books in the series!
Anyway...Ordinary People Change the World books by Brad Meltzer are perfectly perfect books for young children. Each book features a different historical person (I am impressed with the wide variety of people featured) and highlights what they accomplished. Best of all, these books help kids understand that they can make a contribution to the world as well.
But, (and this is the great part!) these books show these people as kids. It makes these heros totally relatable, and my children can identify with them and the problems they face. The pictures are adorable and each book has a fantastic message. (Plus the kids in the books have really funny catch phrases as well.)
For example, Amelia Earheart loved adventure and followed a dream many people dismissed. She had to work really hard to follow her dream because she was not a naturally talented pilot, and also because she needed to earn money to fund her dream. Abraham Lincoln loved to read and learn, and wasn't afraid to fight for what he thought was right. Even as a child, he got into a fight when he tried to stop other young boys who were hurting animals.
These books make everyone happy. They aren't too long (a wonderful gift for parents who get tired of reading INSANELY long children's books!), and they are child sized, so they are easy for littles to hold. Though the illustrations are cartoonish and fun, there are also historical pictures in the back of the book, as well as more information and an inspiring quote from the featured hero. Not only are your kids reading a fun and inspiring book, they are also learning history as well. So, so cool!
Can you tell I really love these? Be sure to check them out!
Community Question: Who is the ONE person, you want your children to learn about? Comment below and share!
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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