Ordinary People Change the World-Book Series Review

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book series!!!! These truly are book that teachers love!!!! Hard to tackle subjects are thoughtfully presented to young children in ways they can grasp.
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series for kids is the best on the market
This series tackles the hard to understand themes in history such as separatism, bravery in the face of an unkind world,  being different, seeing your passions come to life, and doing the impossible. 
Every single book in this growing series is amazing. I know this because I own ALL of them!

The Helen Keller book took my breath away. One of the pages is almost completely black. This alone shocks kids. The author tells the kids to close their eyes and ears. This helps the kids understand what a blind and deaf person might experience. They can empathize with how Helen might have felt. When a book series can transport children directly into the lives of historical figures, you KNOW you have found a teaching jackpot!
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series -Helen Keller

If you are getting ready for Black History Month in February then you will want the Rosa Parks book for sure!
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series for kids-Rosa Parks
Is that powerful or what!?! Until these books, my students could not understand how and why the bus boycott really worked.  But the simplicity of the word choice is beyond brilliant!

The illustrations are second to none. I love how the historical figure is drawn to be child-sized in the big world.  If you look, Rosa is tiny compared to the bus owner. This helps the children really see themselves in the shoes of the historical figure! Plus, the whole book is written in the first person!

The books are also written with a tremendous amount of “heart”. I think every child in the room can see how Abe feels about the boat of people being “sold down the river to new slave owners”.
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series for kids-Abraham Lincoln
I love these two books for use around Presidents Day!!!

These books by Brad Meltzer are a treasure!

This is a cool video to show if you are wanting to talk about author's purpose since he tells us in the 30 second video why he wrote the books.

You can find these amazing books on Amazon by clicking {here}

Click {here} to download the President's Day
 freebie shown above and below.

After downloading you might want to read 
{THIS} blog post. It has the supporting links, videos, and images for every page of the freebie! You can teach right off of the blog post! Now that's easy!


  1. What a fantastic series! Thank you for sharing! And thank you for that super amazing little book you created! <3
    Peggy @ Primary Flourish

  2. Loved your Periscope and this post Katie! I just adore everything about you! I ordered my first Brad Meltzer treasure and can't wait to share it with my Fab Firsties! I got the Rosa Parks one! I'm sure it will be the first of many that I will add to my library. Thanks for the freebie too! :)

  3. Thanks for highlighting these. I've been eyeing them in our Scholastic Book Club magazine. Great post!

    1. They are amazing!!! Don't think twice. You will LOVE them.

  4. I love these books, too! My granddaughter loves Lucille Ball and when I saw that he wrote one about her, I just had to get that one, too.
    Can't wait to read the Abe Lincoln one to my kinders this week! Thanks for sharing! Your Periscope was great! Kudos for trying it!! :)

    1. Linda, I need to buy that one!!! I might just have to add it to the pre-order of George Washington in my Amazon cart right now. XOXOX

  5. Thank you for this blog entry! I'm using the I Am Lucille Ball book for a paper for grad school (I'm getting my master's degree in children's literature) and I love the Helen Keller book as well! I'm planning to get the whole series!


Comments Welcome! Due to spam comments, I must approve your comment before it will appear.