I am in love with my new discovery, I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer. I remember reading biographies and reading about Amelia Bedelia when I was a child and the biographies I read didn't look like this. I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer is filled with warm illustrations that are interesting, insightful, and supportive to the text. The book starts with Amelia Earhart as a child and right away the reader learns about her strong will to be different and wish to do things differently. She didn't like the idea of wearing dresses, playing with dolls, and wanted to have adventures. The reader learns about Amelia's childhood. She built a roller coaster in her back yard with ramps and was able to get airborne for a bit. I think having kids connect to moments in a person from history is brilliant. Their accomplishments are important but having kids realize successful people from the past were just like them is creating connections that will drive the reader to find out more. As the story continues, the illustrated young Amelia continues and tells the story of the Amelia as she grows up. I love that the point of view is from the first person. The reader also learns Amelia had to work very hard, she had stamina and perserverence. Qualities we talk about needing in our own learning and classroom community. What a role model for students of all ages.
Thank you Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy for organizing and fostering nonfiction reading in our classrooms and homes.