Biographies for Children

Home School Books

for Younger Children

Exceptional biographies for children make up this list of outstanding home school books for your younger students. It is so much more fun teaching history reading these books. Rather than dreading the subject, these history book reviews will encourage your kids to read about historical figures!

These book reviews are for younger children, ages 8 to 12, with books that are shorter and less complicated than the homeschool books on the older children's list. Some also have pictures to keep it fun. I am sure your kids will love history after reading these outstanding biographies for children.

Archimedes and the Door of Science, Jeanne Bendick
Archimedes was a Greek mathematician who made many important scientific discoveries, including the one that made him run bare naked through the streets yelling, "Eureka! Eureka! I've found it!" This book delightfully mixes history and science together.

Christian Heroes: Then and Now, Janet and Geoff Benge
This collection tells the stories of many famous Christian missionaries, including George Muller, Gladys Aylward, Cameron Townsend and William Carey. These gripping stories of faith and love are wonderful inspirations for kids.

Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman, Dorothy Sterling
During the Cival War, Harriet, a black woman, risked her own life by helping smuggle slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. An intense story of true self-sacrifice that is a wonderful example for our generation.

George Washington Carver, David Collins
By overcoming racial prejudice, George Washington Carver, a man of strong Christian faith, became an outstanding scientist. The great story of the determination of a man who came up with hundreds of uses for things like peanuts and sweet potatoes.

Helen Keller, Margaret Davidson
This well known blind and deaf girl pushed through many difficulties with the help of her private teacher. The book wonderfully weaves facts into story form to make it interesting reading.

Jean Fritz Biographies
Jean Fritz is a master of writing biographies for children. Factual, engrossing, and humorous, they are a must read for all young kids. Some favorites were:Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?, What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?,and Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?

Johnny Appleseed, Gini Holland
This is the simple biography of the real-life american legend who generously taught the importance of apple trees. Its simplicity and pictures make it great for kids who have just learned to read.

Phoebe the Spy, Judith Griffin
Phoebe gets a job as a maid for George Washington in order to watch for the man that is trying to kill him. This mainly factual book shows kids that anyone can make a difference.

The Story Of Thomas Alva Edison, Margaret Davidson
Arguably the most famous inventor in the world, Thomas Edison created many things that we now take for granted. This book takes you deeper into his life, ideas, and success in a fun and educational way.

The Wright Brothers, Quentin Reynolds
The story of the famous brothers that invented the "flying machine". It tells of their early life and their bike business, and how they pushed through many failures to do what they had always wanted: build an airplane!


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