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I am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change the World)

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We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this lively, collectible picture book biography series from New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer.
Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Dial Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
"Never let anyone stop you. Whatever your dream is, chase it. Work hard for it. You will find it. It is the best lesson I can give."

Amelia Earhart is proof if you work hard, never give up, follow your dream, and don't let what others say you can't do hold you back, that YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! Amelia wasn't only the first women to fly over the Atlantic Ocean, during that same missing she also broke the record for crossing the ocean in the shortest amount of time. She also went on to break the women
Kristina Wise
I Am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change the World) is a book written by Brad Meltzer. I Am Amelia Earhart is a biography written on the first woman to fly an air place across the Atlantic Ocean and the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean. Determined to fly planes at such a young age, Amelia Earhart is an example of how a woman should go after her dreams and not settle. Our young girls today, need to be taught that they can be whatever they want to be and do whatever their hear ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Jocelin rated it really liked it
This is a great introduction into the world of biographies for little readers. The story of Amelia Earhart is really done well. The story captures the readers attention and it incorporates a history lesson as well. I learned some thing about her myself by reading this book. The positive element about this book is encouraging kids to dream big. Mr. Meltzer has crafted a fun new way of looking at history. Well done.
I have to say that the cartoon Amelia's cries of, "That was awesome!" made me laugh out loud, especially the excited look on her face. This is a story of pursuing one's dreams despite the doubts of others. The book does not go into her disappearance or some of the other things that happened in her life which is appropriate for the age group this is aimed at. The inclusion of photographs at the end of the book makes the story all the more realistic.
Dec 15, 2014 Brandy rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book and another one (I am Albert Einstein) in the "Ordinary People Change the World" series and loved them both. The illustrations are cute, the descriptions of each role model's accomplishments are kid-friendly, and the messages about embracing curiosity and persisting in the face of critics and challenges are fantastic. I will have to collect the rest of the series!
Oct 24, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer is a wonderful children's biography book. This book is best suited for second grade. I would use this book for children to use a resource for a report on Amelia Earhart. I am Amelia Earhart is the biography of Amelia Earhart's life geared towards a young audience. The book follows Amelia's life in flying and the different records she broke with flying.
Oct 15, 2016 Leslie rated it it was amazing
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Title: I am Amelia Earhart
Author: Brad Meltzer
Illustrator: Christopher Eliopoulos
Genre: Biography
Theme(s): Dreams, believing in no boundaries, defying the impossible
Opening line/sentence: I am Amelia Earhart
Brief Book Summary: This book teaches the reader about Amelia Earhart's story. It starts off with her as a child, and ends with her as an adult. The book mentions all of Amelia's accomplishments, and it encourages children to chase their dreams.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: The Horn
Sep 28, 2016 Emma rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was fantastic. I really enjoyed the way in which this picture book provided the historical information while still making it relevant for children. Among the message that is presented in the pages of this book, the illustrations were well thought out and supported factual information.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is the message that it tries to get across to the reader, the fact that you should follow your dreams and that anything is possible. When I first started to rea
Oct 17, 2016 Fergie rated it it was amazing
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cute, informative, cleverly written children's biographical books by Brad Meltzer. Every child should have the opportunity to read these beautifully illustrated books; to discover the courageous, daring individuals who populate the past, while discovering within themselves the power of their own dreams.
Jul 18, 2014 Fran rated it it was amazing
I am Amelia Earhart: Brad Meltzer

Amelia Earhart was a daredevil from the moment she could walk. Wearing dresses and acting all girly was not her thing. In her memory Brad Meltzer has written this outstanding tribute to this amazing aviator. Amelia Earhart did things that would stupefy, mystify and enrage of grandmother. Imagine at seven creating and building her your own roller coaster in your back year. See what she constructed as illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos brings the roller coaster to
Sep 26, 2016 Kendall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-books
I was rather surprised how much my oldest son (age 6) likes these books. They are very child-friendly in their illustrations, and the text is not too dense, but I just expected him to like them fine. When I brought this title and others in the series home with many other books, he had these pulled out immediately and laid them out for bedtime storytime. We've read these and I'll be getting more from the library as well.
Sep 29, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Love it is my daughter does too
Sep 26, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Lovely book to read. The illustrations are captivating and the story line is interesting. I loved the actual photos of Amelia at the end of the book.
I am Amelia Earhart is one of the books in the Ordinary People Change the World series for children by New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos. In this adorable picture book, the reader is introduced to the incomparable Amelia Earhart, best known for being the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. But that wasn't the only record she set - in fact, she set many more including crossing the Atlantic in the shortest time and breaking the re ...more
Kathryn Sample
Sep 17, 2016 Kathryn Sample rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing! It is a cute story of Amelia Earhart growing up to follow her dreams. It tells about her life and has true facts and photographs of her. It caught my attention because my dad used to always read to be about Amelia Earhart. He is a pilot and really enjoyed her story. Finding this book made me remember all the interesting things he would teach me.
Mariellen Matz
Nov 13, 2014 Mariellen Matz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf
As a child I loved history and I found this love through historic picture books. Now that I am older I have tried to share that love with children through those same books. Unfortunately the kids I have read them to didn't feel the same way about history as I did when I first read them. When I saw this book I bought it immediately because it is meant for a younger audience. The book incorporates cartoon style characters with silly words and real facts. Amelia is drawn as a child through the enti ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 2nd - 3rd graders
Now this is a change - marking that this book is a children's picture book biography. It was great! The kids loved it. It was a great lead into a discussion of fiction vs non-fiction because with the cartoon drawings it looks like fiction but is just a very kid-friendly cartoon-bubbled biography and I want to read more of the series. The only thing that was not addressed was her final flight - and so I went back to the traditional information book and showed the map and read the final leg of her ...more
Tots R
Apr 21, 2015 Tots R rated it it was amazing
I am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer
This book gives you a fun approach to biography. This is a wonderful book with good illustrations. I am Amelia Earhart” is another book in Ordinary People Change World series, the educational books written for preschool children by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. I recommend that all preschool teachers pick up a copy and read this to their children. This book talks about Amelia Earhart, she was a first
Charity Stewart
Nov 18, 2015 Charity Stewart rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
What did you think of the book? Again, I love how Brad Meltzer-made a series of different individuals that made a difference in the world. I love the fact that he made a book about a woman.
What resonated with you? That Earhart did not accept no for answer. She never gave up and was determined to make a difference in the world.
Where were you most drawn into the story? Earhart dared to do what has never been done up to that point-she was the first female to fly a plane across the Atlantic Ocean.
Jun 11, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I have been an Amelia Earhart fan all my life--my dad's awe of this woman was imparted to me. (Although I think he was intrigued more by the mystery of her demise.)
Just coming off "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" (Fannie Flagg) and having adored "Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride" (Pam Munoz Ryan) this book fell into my lap!
This is a book for children that explains that one's passion is within them from when they are very young. The author shows experiences that ma
Ashley Lockhart
Mar 15, 2015 Ashley Lockhart rated it really liked it
This book is part of a series by Brad Meltzer that examines different historical figures throughout history. Amelia Earhart's story is one that is important to women's issues, she did many things that women "didn't" do during her time. This book is told in a way that is interesting and easy to understand for young children. It is age-appropriate and has a rich plot that allows children to question or consider things that they might not have previously. The illustrations correspond to the text, e ...more
This series of biographies by Brad Melzer is wonderful! I read I am Albert Einstein, I am Rosa Parks, I am Abraham Lincoln, and I am Amelia Earhart today. Each is a wonderful introduction to an interesting person who made an impact in history. These graphic books are designed in a way that make the information accessible and lures readers in. This is both a good intro to the people and to reading biographies. Some of the best reading I have done in my life were fascinating biographies...some of ...more
Brittni Hover
This book is all about Amelia Earhart’s life. When she was a child she didn’t want the dresses or anything most girls wanted. She wanted to do everything hands on building roller coasters where she could fly. She started going to many air shows. She then met Frank Hawks, where she got to go on her first flight. She did everything and anything she could to make sure she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. This list continued on and on for the things Amelia did. This book fights in the ...more
May 03, 2014 Marcie rated it really liked it
Brad Meltzer is a new-to-me author. He's written many thrillers and a few children's books. I am grateful to have discovered him. I Am Amelia Earhart is a delightful book about, you guessed it, Amelia Earhart. The book features some fantastic artwork by Christopher Eliopoulos. Meltzer and Eliopoulos make a terrific team.

I Am Amelia Earhart is written for young readers. It takes the reader through Amelia's childhood as she develops her love for flying. Her success and failures are noted. I love
Camille De Zeeuw
Fiction twin text: McCully, E. (2015). 3, 2, 1, Go! New York: Holiday House. 3, 2, 1, Go!

Rationale: This book mirrors some of the ideas shown in the Amelia Earhart book. Like Amelia, Min is given a label and told she can’t so something. Despite the odds, Min uses her talents to show her true colors. This book celebrates the independent and determined spirit, characteristics that definitely describe Amelia Earhart.

Text structure and features: Chronological order.

Strategy application: Using a Venn
Angela Scott
Jun 08, 2016 Angela Scott rated it did not like it
Shelves: y-biographies
I wasn't a big fan of this book. While it had a cute premise I don't understand why the grown-up Amelia was still represented by a child in the artwork (I would say this about the other books in this series about other people as well). I don't agree with making one of the great women in our history only represented by a cute little girl. It was okay for the opening scene when she is talking about being a kid, but later when she is grown and speaking with other women who are grown and talking abo ...more
Apr 25, 2014 Beverly rated it liked it
This is one of the books in the Ordinary People Change The World series. Other ordinary people include Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks (published in June 2014) and Alberts Einstein (published in September 2014).

I enjoyed this book and I feel that it will appeal to my very young readers. However, I'm not sure I would use for when my students do research on famous people. There are just two many things missing (birthday, doesn't mention her disappearance and there are no source notes.) Having said tha
Kendall Lentine
Dec 09, 2015 Kendall Lentine rated it it was amazing
I personally felt that this book showcases how regular ordinary people can do extraordinary things. I feel that is takes a child a the journey of a famous person and portrays how she contributed to the world. The pictures are friendly and colorful, which would bring in any young reader. I feel the target age range for this book would be k-3, as it is a simplified version of her life. This could be a good tool to utilize as a mini-lesson or a book for the shelves in the classroom. The dominant th ...more
Lauren Thorp
Feb 23, 2016 Lauren Thorp rated it it was amazing
I am Amelia Earhart is such a fun biography. I think kids in the 1st through 3rd grade would really enjoy it because it is a bit like a comic book.

I love that this book is a fun read that also teaches kids about a woman who achieved so much in her lifetime. Amelia Earhart never gave up even when others discouraged her, and this book helps to teach kids that they should never give up on their dreams either.

I would like to use this book in my future classroom as a way to incorporate a social stu
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children's books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even g ...more
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