Brad Meltzer has created a new series of books called Ordinary People Change the World. These books are amazing. The illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos has created these comic book type images that make these books so enjoyable to read and look at. Recently my petite went to the museum of flight and we learned about Amelia Earhart. I am Amelia Earhart was so much fun to piggyback on our experience at the museum. She just loved looking at this book and learning more about Amelia and how she was adventurous, brave and curious. She loves the silly images of Amelia trying to fly as a little girl and then going on adventures.
I am Abraham Lincoln is another title in this series. Lincoln is my husbands favorite president; and our petite even has a Lincoln stuffed doll. So this book purchase was a no brainer. This book talks about how Lincoln as a little boy loved to read and loved animals. About how he stood up for what was right no matter what. These books cover pretty complex issues, like slavery and social injustice. Meltzer does it in a way that is easy for young readers to understand; this is something that I think is not always easy to do. These books are character builders, fostering traits that you want in your children
I’ve seen many books about Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln in the last few years as an elementary teacher and these books I think are just great for kids. They don’t “dumb down” the content, it is just written in a really accessible way for kids to understand. Which as a mom and a teacher I find incredibly appealing.
The next two books for Ordinary People Change the World are I am Rosa Parks (released in June) and I am Albert Einstein (released in September). So exciting. I am really excited to see what Meltzer comes up with for Einstein and even more so to see the illustrations of his hair.
I have always thought Brad Meltzer was a thought-provoking guy and I love watching his Decoded TV show. But now after exploring his website and reading the rationale behind why he created these books, I am even more of a fan. When he was asked how he came about this and why he chose these books to write this is what he said:
For me, this isn’t just a book series. It’s my dream for my daughter. My dream for my sons. My dream for all of us who need to see the power of an ordinary person…and the power – and potential – in each of us.
Look around. We live in a world that is starving for heroes. This is my solution.
– Brad Meltzer
I think that this is so true. I am so glad that these books are available and that there will be more to come. Let me know if you get them and what you and your petites think. If you like this post, check out some of my other posts about books my petites and I love.
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