Albert Einstein, Anne Frank, Gandhi, Helen Keller, Katherine Johnson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. are the subjects of the first six titles featured in DK Life Stories, a new biography series for children. Published on Tuesday, January 8, each book goes beyond the basic facts to tell true life stories of some of history’s most interesting people.
DK Children editorial spent the last two years talking with teachers, parents, librarians, literacy experts, booksellers, and kids to find out what’s needed in a modern biography series. Whether kids are looking for book-report and history-project resources, or they just want to curl up with a great read, DK Life Stories has them covered.
These biographies are not simply educational, but also intended to be highly relatable for children, including details of figures’ younger years, as well as their greatest accomplishments. With brand-new content developed by a team of experienced authors and illustrators, the DK Life Stories series is geared toward children aged 8 to 12 to engage them with important figures and key topics like history, social justice, science, and other areas.
Full-color photographs and hand-drawn illustrations complement age-appropriate text. Full-page quotes and photo galleries scattered throughout each book keep the momentum going, helping reluctant readers along as they navigate the chaptered books. A handy reference section at the back makes this series ideal for school reports and projects. All of the information contained within the books has been carefully vetted and approved by respected literacy and subject experts.
Additional biographies will be added to the DK Life Stories publishing program throughout 2019.