This series was born because I was tired of my daughter thinking that reality TV stars and loud-mouthed sports players were heroes. I tell my kids all the time: Thats fame. Fame is different than being a hero. I wanted my kids to see real heroes...and real people no different than themselves. For that reason, each book tells the story of the hero when THEY were a kid. We see them as children. So it's not just Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln being famous--but them being just like us. - Brad Meltzer
Three years ago, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer was shopping for clothes for his daughter, and all he could find were shirts with princesses on them. Being surrounded by history all day as the host of the History Channel television show Decoded, Brad knew there were better role models and heroes for his children to want to emulate. He had a friend draw a picture of Amelia Earhart and on the back Brad wrote, I know no bounds. His daughter loved it, and Ordinary People Change the World was born.
Beginning in January 2014, the non-fiction picture book series Ordinary People Change the World will launch with two of Americas most venerated heroes: I AM AMELIA EARHART and I AM ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulous, each book in the series is a biography of a real American icon, told in a simple, conversational, and vivacious way, always focusing on a character trait that made the person heroic. Brad wanted children to see that real heroes - people like Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart or Rosa Parks - were real people capable of extraordinary things. Once children hear about these ordinary people who have changed the world, they react the same way we all do. Theyre inspired. They dream bigger. They work harder.
BIO: Brad Meltzer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of adult thrillers (including The Inner Circle and its recent sequel, The Fifth Assassin). His two nonfiction gift books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter were New York Times Bestsellers as well, and he has won the prestigious Eisner Award for his comic book work, Justice League of America. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show Brad Meltzer's Decoded. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.