Harper Collins I Can Read! 60th Anniversary


Penguin Young Readers celebrates the heroes who shaped history!


Ordinary People Change the World

How do we give children the right role models? Best-selling author, Brad Meltzer, envisioned a fun approach to biographies in his picture book series, Ordinary People Change the World.



  • Each book tells the story of one of history's icons in a vivacious, conversational way, and focuses on a particular trait that made that person heroic.
  • The heroes are depicted as children throughout, telling their life stories in first person, present tense, which keeps the books playful and accessible to K-3 children.
  • Each book ends with a line of encouragement, a direct quote, photos, a timeline and a source list.

Shop the series

Download the educator guide

Limited-time offer!

For a limited time, our special bundle comes with three copies each of the newest titles I Am Sacajawea and I Am Gandhi! You’ll also receive a shelf display and poster to promote these titles to your students.

Add it to your cart

About the Author

Brad Meltzer

is the author of the New York Times best-selling Ordinary People Change the World series for children, as well as six New York Times best-selling thrillers for adults: The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game and The Book of Fate. He is also the #1 best-selling author of the critically-acclaimed comic books Identity Crisis and Justice League of America, and is the cocreator of the TV series Jack & Bobby.

Check out Brad’s Behind the Book author interview series!

About the Illustrator

Christopher Eliopoulos

began his illustration career as a letterer for Marvel and has worked on thousands of comics, including Franklin Richards: Son of a GeniusPet Avengers and Cow Boy, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He is the illustrator of the New York Times best-selling Ordinary People Change the World picture book biography series.

Want more biographies?

Check out the Who Was series!

Who Was is a best-selling young biographies series, engaging young readers and bringing subjects to life with 80 black-and-white illustrations in each 112-page book. Explore history, from ancient heroes to today's pop-culture icons, from famous battles to historic landmarks, and discover all of the fascinating stories and amazing facts about trailblazers, legends, places and events!

Shop Who Was titles