The Ordinary People Change the World Series featuring the "I am" books are one of Chloe's favorites. With this book series, kids learn about famous people in history with a fun storyline that shows each famous person as a child. (See my previous review on I am Albert Einstein.) Two of the books in the series I'll be reviewing today are I am Helen Keller and I am Rosa Parks. Author Brad Meltzer continues to have an amazing way of getting into the mind of kids and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos' comic style illustrations bring the action to life.
My daughter had no idea who Helen Keller or Rosa Parks were when she started reading the books but in the end she saw how empowering both these women were in changing the lives of the disabled and the civil rights movement. She loved that these were real people, real women who were real girls. More importantly, my daughter could see that both women as young girls stood up for themselves. What they did in childhood helped shape who they would become. These books are such a treasure for the ways that they are educating kids and giving them true heroes to look up to.
I'm looking forward to Meltzer's 10th book in the series, I am Jane Goodall, the scientist who worked with chimpanzees. This book will be out this fall. You can read more about Meltzer's Ordinary People Change the World series on his website.
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