Why Children should be introduced to these 5 great minds early on

The trees would never grow so tall if the sky wasn’t so high!

 Hello and welcome to another post at #themomlife.


As parents we always want the best for our kids – be it education or career. While excelling in studies equips them with the tools for success, true success depends on specific goals and the right role models. 


Enter Biographies. Biographies are a fun and engaging way to introduce kids to the best minds the world has ever seen. Reading biographies is like turning on the switch of curiosity, inspiration and ambition in our children – all at once!


So what are we waiting for? Let’s climb on the shoulders of 5 giants today and understand the world through their eyes. 



  1. On a Beam of light: A Story of Albert Einstein

By Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

Want to ignite your child’s curiosity? Want them to learn by questioning, thinking, discovering? Then “On a Beam of light” is the perfect read for parents like us. It tells the story of a boy riding a bicycle down a dusty road and how his power of imagination changes this ordinary scenario into an extraordinary one. In his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky invite the reader to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Parents and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful difference imagination can make in any life.



2.      Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

An impaired vision should not mean an impaired education. Powered by this idea, a young Louis Braille set upon a mission of developing an accessible reading system by modifying Charles Barbier’s military coding technique of ‘night-writing’. Braille modified the 12 dot system into a 6 dot system, making it possible to read one unit with the touch of one finger. Kulikov’s illustrations and Bryant’s portrayal emphasize Braille’s creativity and celebrate him as an inventor. A must read!


3.      I Am Amelia Earhart 

by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

How often have we envied our winged friends, the birds and their ability to fly. Well Amelia Earhart didn’t just envy, she turned her dream into reality. While all of us know that Amelia was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic as well as the Pacific, did you know that during the 2,408 mile flight she enjoyed a cup of hot cocoa! Read this compelling biography to your daughters as well as to your sons to instill in them Amelia’s unfaltering determination, the conviction to defy expectations and to follow one’s dreams.


4.      One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong

Wriiten & Illustrated by Don Brown

 your marks, get set, Go! The US was in a race with the Soviet Union to put the first man on moon. On July 16, 1969 the Apollo 11 was launched into space, on July 21 it landed successfully on the moon and the rest is history. How did this test pilot flying experimental planes go on to become one of the ‘new nine’ group of NASA astronauts and land on moon? Discover this and more about Neil Armstrong in this inspiring biography. 



5.      Little People, Big Dreams Series: Marie Curie

By Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Frau Isa

When it was still illegal for women to receive higher education, Madame Marie Curie along with her sister enrolled in a college and went on to become the only person to win Nobel Prizes for two different sciences. Here’s a look at how women of substance are made!


We came, we read, we got inspired! Let’s help our children learn some of the most valuable life lessons through these biographies. Let us inculcate in them the importance of failure. Let us broaden their horizons. Benjamin Franklin said it best, 


“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”


Happy Reading!

This post was originally published on Babychakra – India’s leading parenting app.