Topic Books about Important People over Time for Children in KS1 & KS2

The People Awards

by Lily Murray

Roll up, roll up! The People Awards are about to begin. Who will win the X-ray Award? Who will be named Most Magical Muggle? Who will win the prize for Shaking Up Art? Celebrate equality with 50 famous people from around the world who made history and changed the world for the better.

Little People, Big Dreams: Stephen Hawking 

by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

When Stephen was a boy, he used to wonder about the universe. Although he was never top of the class, his curiosity took him to the best universities in England. It also led him to make one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 20th century: Hawking radiation. 


Great Adventures

by Alastair Humphreys 

Hand-selected by Alastair Humphreys, read about the incredible journeys undertaken by twenty of the most heroic and impressive explorers who ever lived. A wide-spread selection of explorers from young to old, male to female, these explorers crossed land, sea and sky in the name of adventure.


Fantasically Great Women Who Worked Wonders 

by Kate Pankhurst

What do you want to be when you grow up? Discover eye-opening facts about a collection of go-getting women who have pioneered careers in a kaleidoscope of different industries. Join scientists, doctors, athletes, hot-air balloonists and more.


100 People Who Made History

by DK

Great thinkers, revolutionary leaders, daring explorers, powerhouse politicians, clever inventors, skilled artists, sporting legends, and music icons have all  left their mark on the world. This exciting reference book for children shares their personal stories and showcases their achievements as never before.


Little People, Big Dreams: Anne Frank by Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

Discover the life of Anne Frank, the writer whose diary captured the hearts of the public. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of Anne's life.

A Galaxy of Her Own

by Libby Jackson 

From small steps to giant leaps, A Galaxy of Her Own tells fifty stories of inspirational women who have been fundamental to the story of humans in space, from scientists to astronauts to some surprising roles in between.



by Anne Booth

The Christmas story and what follows: the fleeing of Jesus, Mary and Joseph from Herod's soldiers to Egypt. With a message that couldn't be more relevant in today's society, this book is one to provoke much discussion about being a refugee and how that must feel to be rejected.

Taking Flight

by Adam Hancher

Follow the fearless highs and dangerous lows of the Wright brothers in their quest to take to the skies in this courageous – and true – story of the pioneers of flight. The Wright brothers dared to dream of being the first men in the world to fly… but would they ever see their dreams take flight? 


Florence Nightingale by Demi

Florence Nightingale changed the world of medicine by emphasising cleanliness, food that was hot and nutritious, and organisation in hospitals. This new picture book biography of Florence Nightingale, portrays the story of Florence's life and explores the long-lasting effects of her career.

On a Beam of Light

by Jennifer Berne

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.


People of Peace

by Sandrine Mirza

Dreamers, leaders, fighters for our rights… meet 40 amazing activists for peace! Learn how Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela and many others dedicated their lives to making the world a better place in this fact-packed book from the 40 Inspiring Icons series.

The Good Guys by Rob Kemp

Follow 50 heroes who have showed that changing the world doesn't require a sword or a corporate jet. Enjoy stories of extraordinary men including Muhammad Ali, Professor Green and Lionel Messi, as well as unsung heroes such as James Harrison, who has spent fifty years donating his rare blood to save millions of babies.

Long Walk to Freedom 

by Chris Van Wyk 

His famous biography has been specially adapted for children in a beautiful illustrated picture book. Discover how a little boy whose father called him 'troublemaker' grew up to fight apartheid, become South Africa's first black president and campaign for freedom & justice throughout the world.


Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world's history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations. Includes

Nurse Mary Seacole, Politician Diane Abbott, Mathematician Katherine Johnson and Singer Shirley Bassey.

Inventors Who Changed the World by Heidi Poelman

From the ranging curiosity of Leonardo da Vinci to the dedication and sacrifice of Marie Curie, Little Heroes: Inventors Who Changed the World is a young child's first introduction to the brilliant people who taught us the meaning of perseverance and innovation.


Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage by Fabien Grolleau & Jeremie Royer 

It is the year 1831. A young man named Charles Darwin has been offered a place aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. Join him in a journey of thrilling discovery as he explores remote corners of the natural world and pieces together the very beginnings of his revolutionary theory of evolution.


Shackleton's Journey 

by William Grill

Shackleton's Journey is a unique visual re-telling Ernest Shackleton's landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other. Impeccably researched and informative illustrations celebrate the 100th anniversary since the historic exploration by Shackleton and his crew on Endurance. 

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