Biographies for kids
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Biographies for Kids
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Wether you are a homeschooler, or just want to read with your kids, biographies for kids are great. We love reading in our family and have fostered a love of reading in our kids.

Read daily to your kids even from a baby, they will love that one to one time spent with you. Choose a wide variety of books. Don't feel you only have to read age appropriate books to your kids.

Buy your kids books and or visit a library near you. If you read and have books around the home yourself, your kids are more likely to develop a love for books themselves.

Bookshelves should contain a wide variety of books. We have fiction and non fiction, biographies for kids, text books and picture books.

If your kids don't like to read themselves and they are at an age they should be, check they are not having difficulties. Is their eyesight ok, dyslexia makes reading very difficult.

Do they just not like the book they have chosen to read? If this is the case, let them know that we should try lots of different styles of writing to find out what we like. Books give us lots of information and are important for research.

Here we have picked out some of our favorite biographies for kids

We have enjoyed reading about Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, Massachusetts, he died on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Benjamin invented: bifocals, lightning rod, Glass Armonica, library chair, swim fins, the long reach device, Franklin Stove, catheter, and Daylight Savings Time.

See the lightening rodhere

See the glass armonicaa musical instrument Benjamin created.

Go here for a great page of questions and answers about Benjamin Franklin

This book benjamin franklinwe really liked. It has some good illustrations, we liked the way it is written. it is easy to read and includes some of Benjamins experiments.

Another book we really enjoyed is When I Was Young in the Mountains witten by Cynthia Rylant.

It is for younger kids around 3 to 6 although we return to it now and again. it is great for showing kids that people lived differently to us today. Our kids are always amazed that when we were kids there were no computers and TV was only on for certain times in the day.

A biography for kids that remains one of my favorites is Anne Frank's Diary

Anne Frank was 13 when she received the diary and shortly after this she went into hiding with her family. The family hid from the Nazis in the attic of their father's old workplace for two years. Ann died three years later at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in 1945. her father survived and published her diary. A must read for young teens.

Try this puzzleAnne Frankworksheet

More biographies for kids

Try the Orphan Train Rider

This is a thought provoking book and is probably good for ages 9 and above. It is a sensitive subject and kids may be affected by it so i would advise you read it first.

The book is the telling of a 7 year old boy who was orphaned when his mother died and his father was unable to care for them. The boy Lee and his three brothers were placed in an orphanage. After two years they were put on trains heading to find better lives in families. The orphan trains ran from 1854 to 1930.

A thought provoking book about the lives of orphaned and abandoned children of those times. Lee goes on to find a good life with a family.

Go to to find more information. It contains the history, stories and pictures about the trains and makes for compelling reading.

Try Leonardo Da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas

This book for older kids also contains 21 experiments.

The kids can sample the minestrone soup that Leonardo made, make a kite or plant a garden. Also our kids tried the mirror writing. There are some basic art lessons on sketching, plus making face masks and pencil jar holders and lots more. The book has some fantastic illustrations.

Check out the Leonado Museum for more information.

Try here to find out what Leonardo did in his life.
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the listening book

The listening book is great for younger kids.

It introduces the idea of listening as you go for walks.


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