When I was a kid, I loved reading biographies about famous leaders. I was fascinated by the childhoods of politicians, leaders, and celebrities. How did someone go from being a kid like me to being a world changer? David Stabler’s Kid Legends series answers that question with fact and humor.
From Roald Dahl’s childhood as a top-secret taste tester for Cadbury to Judy Blume’s ride in the Goodyear blimp, Stabler captures fascinating moments in the lives of famous authors. Along the way, he explores how their childhood experiences influenced their writing. Some authors, like Langston Hughes, sought freedom in the walls of the local library. For others, like Beverly Cleary, reading and writing didn’t come easily.
Students will love this well-told compilation of favorite authors’ childhood stories. I can see students returning to this book over and over as they read more books by the respective authors. It’s a great addition to classroom bookshelves.
This book can serve as a strong mentor text for writing biographies. Stabler’s writing is clear, but also humorous and engaging. Students who are writing their own biographies will benefit from using Stabler’s writing as a mentor for pace and structure.
This book would make a great nonfiction read aloud in middle grade classrooms. The chapters are manageable for daily read aloud, life lessons are taught through the stories, and students may be inspired to pick up the authors’ books after reading. I’ll be adding this to my third grade read aloud shortlist for this school year!
Kid Authors will be released in October 2017 by Quirk Books.
Note: I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book from Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own. Thanks for reading!