I am Gandhi offers a first-person account of Gandhi’s life just for kids, how he was often mistreated and imprisoned, yet his influence was never diminished. The binding and printing are first-rate, the illustrations are endearing (a Calvin-and-Hobbes influence?), and the extensive text is clear and fun to read through. If you want to share Gandhi’s example with your children, this is a great way to start!
Don’t be fooled by the super-cute illustrations, I am Sacagawea is a real — and fairly in-depth — biography of the famous Native American guide and translator. In addition to the endearing illustrations, the comic-book style dialog is very well-written, and the detailed explanatory text are clear, engaging, and easy to follow. The story tells of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and explains the high adventure and various hurdles that the teen-aged guide faced.
She was the only female, the only native American (her husband was French Canadian), and the youngest person on the expedition — other than her newborn son whom she cared for throughout the journey. Clearly, the entire trip was something of a miracle — like this book, which is really wonderful and inspiring, too.
AUTHOR: BRAD MELTZER
Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels like The House of Secrets. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.
ILLUSTRATOR: CHRISTOPHER ELIOPOULOS
Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career at Marvel Comics, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, Pet Avengers, Cow Boy, and Cosmic Commandos, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons.