One-page biographies are an excellent way to introduce your child to a wide variety of topics. Specifically, expose them to stories you want them to hear. It’s so easy, in this day and age, to get caught up in all the negatives; all the ways people are failing. I want to uplift and encourage my kids. These are some of our favorite one-page biographies for doing just that.

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Biographies About Kids

Never Too Young! I love this book. Each one-page biography is accompanied by an illustration of the person. Each of these people in this book made a difference as kids. Ruby Bridges walked to the first de-segregated school at 6, Akrit Jaswal, who performed surgery at 7, to S. E. Hinton, who published her first book, The Outsiders, at 17. Featured are boys and girls, people of color, and the kids are exceptional in a wide variety of ways. I haven’t noticed many emphasize the LGBTQ+ community, but Jazz Jennings, a transgender advocate, is featured. This book is also sturdy and well-made. Its thick pages have survived over 5 years of my kids’ abuse, which is saying something.

Biographies About Women

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is actually an entire series. In addition to these 1-page biographies, they also have chapter books, and even an app (that used to be a podcast)! I love these biographies. They’re uplifting and empowering, and show both my kids that girls and women are a force to be reckoned with. Each of these stories is also paired with a 1-page drawing of the woman they feature. The book is just as well-made and sturdy as Never Too Young!

Biographies About Men

Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different was my solution to finding a similar book as Rebel Girls, but about boys. I encourage both my kids to read both books. They’ll both be interacting with both sexes for the rest of their lives. It’s important, not just for my son to know he can be kind and empathic, but also that my daughter expects men to treat her well. Again, these 1-page biographies are faced with a 1-page drawing of the featured man. Just as much diversity is represented in this book as in the others. The book itself is beautiful, but doesn’t seem quite as sturdy as Rebel Girls or Never Too Young!

Science Biographies

Women In Science: Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a similar specific book about boys in science, or maybe artistic boys. But I like this book anyway; women are still underrepresented in scientific fields, and while my daughter does not seem especially inclined that way, I still want her to know she can be, if she wants. And, I want my son to be comfortable working with women scientists. This book is obviously just one part of a much bigger strategy to accomplish these things, but I’m a book lover, so any excuse to buy a book is a good one, right? The quality of the book itself is on par with Stories for Boys. The opposing 1-page pictures are actually much more artistic than the other books, and there are doodles all along the margins of the pages with writing.

Lives of the Scientists is in a totally different format than the other books featured on this page; the biographies are more than a page, and illustrations are throughout rather than just on an opposing page. While not as focused on diversity as the other books seem to be (most of the featured scientists are white males), there are some people of color featured, as well as more women than I was expecting.