This New York Times bestselling series of historical biographies for kids has an inspiring message: We can all be heroes.
Each book in Brad Meltzer's Ordinary People Change the World series tells the story of one of America's icons in an entertaining, conversational way that works well for the youngest readers. These engaging non-fiction books are the perfect way to bring American history to life for young kids, providing them with the right role models, supplementing Common Core learning in the classroom, and best of all, inspiring them to strive and dream.
Sonia Sotomayor was born in New York City and her family came from Puerto Rico.
When she was little Sonia Sotomayor loved reading the Nancy Drew series.
Neil Armstrong read more than 100 books in one year when he was in first grade.
At the launch for Apollo 11, there were almost one million people present at Cape Kennedy.
Over 11 years Harriet Tubman made 13 trips back to Maryland, and personally freed almost 70 people.
She also spoke up for women's rights and worked with Susan B. Anthony to secure the right for women to vote.
Gandhi studied law in London, England before beginning the Natal Indian Congress in South Africa.
He created the Satyagraha, which means "truth force".
Sacagawea was only sixteen years old when she set out with Lewis and Clarke.
She was originally hired as a translator, but her nature survival skills helped so much she also became a guide.
Jim Henson was eighteen when he used his mother's old wool coat to create the very first Kermit.
His grandmother was a painter, quilter, and needleworker who encouraged his creative projects, including his puppetry.
Jane Goodall was the first scientist to give names to her subjects instead of assigning numbers..
She was the first to observe chimps eating meat and making and using tools.
George Washington. never had any children of his own, but he did have two step children.
He was one of our biggest presidents at six feet, two inches and 200 pounds.
Martin Luther King, Jr. got a C in public speaking during his first year at seminary.
King won a Grammy in 1971 for Best Spoken Word album for "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam."
Helen Keller was the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts.
Helen Keller was an activist who campaigned for women's suffrage and labor rights.
Lucille Ball won the first Emmy for Best Comedienne.
Lucille Ball performed shows at the age of 3 at the local grocery store.
Jackie Robinson played for Negro Baseball League team the Kansas City Monarchs in 1945.
Jackie Robinson's first game with the major-league was on April 15th, 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Albert Einstein taught college courses in 1908.
In 1919, Albert Einstein's theory of relativity was published in 1919.
Growing up, Rosa Parks attended a one-room schoolhouse.
Rosa's grandfather, Sylvester Edwards, was one of the slaves set free in Alabama in accordance with the 13th Amendment in the US constitution.
Abraham Lincoln lost five separate elections before being elected president.
Abraham Lincoln is the only president in American history to hold a patent.
Amelia Earhart was called "Lady Lindy" because her bone structure and thin build resembled that of Charles Lindbergh.
The U.S. government spent $4 million on the missing person search for Earhart, the most costly in history at the time.