Dare to be Different – Recommended Reading

These books should be recommended reading for everyone, not just children!
They tell the stories of extraordinary men and women from the past and present.
Each biography is a page long and is accompanied by a beautiful illustration.
The short length makes them perfect for reading before bed.

The stories featured span many centuries, nations and religions.
They cover artists, inventors, writers, athletes, actors, explorers, scientists, politicians and more!
Children will surely be inspired by the fun, accessible way in which the stories are told.

I particularly liked that it was very easy to find a story that piqued each child’s interest, we would then create a sort of project around it.
First I would ask the children to read the biography (outloud or in their heads). We would have a discussion about what we read, this worked both as a test of comprehension and also to see their reaction to the biography and the facts mentioned.
Naturally, questions arose so we would research extra information and see if we could find a related TV show or documentary for example.

Stories for boys who dare to be different is a compilation of 76 stories of famous and not so well known men from history.
The aim of this book is to challenge the typical idea of gender roles by showing that masculinity can mean many things.
Every one of the men in this book were strong, successful and achieved amazing things in their life time.

Stories for rebel girls is an empowering book that tells the stories of 100 amazing women.
It is on our recommended reading list as it promotes equality for women and encourages young girls to see that women are a force to be reckoned with!
Each woman’s story is written in the form of a fairy tale but these girls definitely don’t need rescuing.
They are heroines in their own right.

Get creative and do an activity to encourage the kids to delve a little deeper into the life of the people in the books.

– Create a timeline of the person’s life
– Create a picture collage of their life and accomplishments
– Role play and film your very own talk show starring that person
– Write a short story and use puppets to act it out
– Design a comic strip about their life or achievements

Or plan an activity based on what you read.
For example if you read about an astronaught, do a space themed craft.
If you read about an artist, try to create your own work in their style.
A scientist? Find a related experiment to do at home.
A politician…create your own ‘running for president’ speech

The only negative thing I have to say about these books are the titles.
I don’t like that the titles are making the female stories for girls and the male stories for boys.
Surely we should be learning about all of these brilliant people, regardless of gender.

Find Stories for boys and rebel girls on Amazon by following these links or at most major book retailers.

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