Iconic Figures for Children

Iconic Figures for Children

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There are so many books out there at the moment that tell all about the lives of remarkable people – there are stories for Rebel Girls and stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different.

There are books about fantastic women, women of science and all manner of people in between. I always feel a bit overwhelmed when choosing which inspirational people to learn about with the children and with that in mind, I wanted to share a couple of new titles that I’ve not seen a huge amount of on my social feeds in the hope that they’ll inspire you and your children to learn about other iconic figures.

Probably one of the first true icons I can remember being aware of is Nelson Mandela; his story is one that had endured and marks him out as a true icon and the story, Grandad Mandela is a superb retelling of his story. It’s one I have shared with Daniel and Em recently and it was a way to broach issues of racism and inequalities with them – something that they remain unaware of in any real way at the moment.  It’s a wonderfully written book with rich and diverse illustrations and one that helped me tell this story to my two older children.

We then moved on to look at the book People of Peace. This is a title from the series ‘Inspiring Icons’ and I think this will be a favourite series here as already Daniel is spending a lot of time reading through the two books we have. This book covers a range of people from activists and philosophers to students and politicians. Mandela is in this book too and it was nice to join the two books together for the children with this particular icon. The format of this book is fab and really engaging for the children and I think in the winter we might choose a person to learn more about as we develop our research skills.

Finally, HerStory is an oversized book that features the stories of 50 women who ‘shook the world’. This is a great book and one that I think we will use a lot in the years to come – it’s a touch on the older side for my three at the moment, but I think if we take one person at a time it will be enough for them at the moment. Each double page spread details the woman concerned and how she shook the world. It’s great and I learnt a lot when I was reading through it.

One of the real joys of home education is that we can take our learning ‘off the beaten path’ and look at those people who might not fit into the national curriculum and learn more about them and their place in history. My thoughts are already turning to the autumn time and how I can use a project to set up some independent work for Daniel whilst I focus on other aspects for Emma and Harry. Books like these three are going to be perfect for that as I hope to spend a month at a time studying a key figure and linking them to science/humanities etc as we go along.

Other books that are great are the Little People, Big Dreams series which is *finally* got to see in real life when we were in London (and passing time at Euston I of course headed to the bookshops!) These are beautifully presented books all about people who had big dreams. They’re on my list to start collecting this year for the children and I think we will start with Emmeline Pankhurst – a lady who I admire in many ways.




  1. 11th June 2018 / 07:59

    I love that your children will get a more diverse look at history, I think schools should be more open to changing the curriculum slightly! #readwithme

  2. 11th June 2018 / 15:39

    These books look a fantastic selection. My kids are like sponges when it comes to absorbing facts, so would enjoy these #readwithme

  3. sarahmo3w
    11th June 2018 / 19:55

    How interesting for your children to learn about these historical figures. I don’t think I know enough about them myself, although I did read Long Walk to Freedom many years ago!

  4. 16th June 2018 / 20:01

    I love books like these, they’re essential for every children’s bookshelves! I really like Kate Pankhurst’s books about Fantastically Great Women.

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