Ordinary people change the world

Caring about others, paying attention, asking questions and even studying are things that many of us do without realizing the impact they may have on others. These books explore the traits of ordinary people throughout history who have changed the world...and how we can all be heroes.

I Am Albert Einstein by Brad Meltzer
Even when he was a kid, Albert Einstein did things his own way. He thought in pictures instead of words, and his special way of thinking helped him understand big ideas like the structure of music and why a compass always points north. Those ideas made him want to keep figuring out the secrets of the universe. Other people thought he was just a dreamer, but because of his curiosity, Einstein grew up to be one of the greatest scientists the world has ever known.

I Am Helen Keller by Brad Meltzer
When Helen Keller was very young, she got a rare disease that made her deaf and blind. Suddenly, she couldn’t see or hear at all, and it was hard for her to communicate with anyone. But when she was six years old, she met someone who change her life forever: her teacher, Annie Sullivan. With Miss Sullivan’s help, Helen learned how to speak sign language and read Braille. Armed with the ability to express herself, Helen grew up to become a social activist, leading the fight for people with disabilities and so many other causes.  

I Am Jane Goodall by Brad Meltzer
Learn all about Jane Goodall, the famous scientist, conservationist, and environmentalist.  With her love of chimpanzees and dedication to nature and science, she changed what we know about chimpanzees as well as improved the future for many female scientists who came after her.

I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer
Jackie Robinson always loved sports, especially baseball. But he lived at a time before the Civil Rights Movement, when the rules weren’t fair to African Americans. Even though Jackie was a great athlete, he wasn’t allowed on the best teams just because of the color of his skin. Jackie knew that sports were best when everyone, of every color, played together. He became the first black player in Major League Baseball, and his bravery changed African-American history and led the way to equality in all sports in America.