15-Minute Biographies

A Series by Alex Rounds, Caitlind L. Alexander, Calista Plummer, Cornflower , Cullen Gwin, Judith Janda Presnall and Jeannie Meekins

Leizu: Empress of the Silkworm
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
In the days not long after the pharaohs in Egypt, there lived a woman in China. Leizu (say lee - zhoo) was an empress. She lived in a beautiful palace in China. The palace had a huge garden filled with many trees and flowers. Leizu and her husband, Hoangti loved to walk through their gardens. Read of how she discovered the secret of turning the cocoon of the silkworm into into silk cloth.
Geronimo: The Gentle Warrior
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,490. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2012 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
The name Geronimo brings fear to the hearts of many people, especially when they hear an enemy yell his name. Many people think of Geronimo as a fighting man; a great warrior. He was. He was also a very gentle man. He was a kind and loving husband who played with his children. What made Geronimo become a fighting man? Find out more about this great warrior and his life.
Matthew Alexander Henson: The First Man to Reach the North Pole
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Matthew Henson was born in Maryland in 1866. As a boy he worked as a sharecropper. A sharecropper is a farmer, but they don't own the land they farm. They grow the food, then they share their crop with the landowner. Matthew's parents died when he when he was young. Matthew didn’t want to be a farmer, so he ran away to sail the seas. Find out how this choice led him to discover the North Pole.
Tutankhamen: The Boy King
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
What was King Tut’s like as a boy? Did he go to school? Did he have royal duties? If so, what were they? This book tells of the young life of the boy King Tutankhamen. It tells the stories that have been found on the walls of the temples and shows what his life would have been like growing up. Find out more about this young king of Egypt and his life in this 15-minute biography.
Betsy Ross: The Woman Who Made The First Flag
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
On the first day of 1752, a new baby was born. Her parents were Samuel and Rebecca Griscom. They named their baby Elizabeth, but soon everyone called her Betsy. Betsy grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father worked as a carpenter. He helped to build many buildings. He even built the house that Betsy and her family lived in. Learn about Betsy Ross and her life in this fun, fact-filled book
Sacajawea: Lewis and Clark Interpreter and Guide
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Many people have heard of Sacajawea and how she helped to lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition. But many people have not heard of her life before or after this time. Sacajawea had a very hard life, and she died young. Find out about the life of the 17-year-old girl who helped to lead Lewis and Clark to the Pacific in this 15-minute biography.
Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented the Alphabet for the Blind
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Simon-Rene and Monique Braille lived in a small town in France. The town of Coupvray was 25 miles (40 km) outside Paris. Life was good for the family. Simon worked as a harness maker and leatherer. Simon was well known in the town, and his work supported his wife and three children, two girls and a boy. On January 4, 1809, the new year brought the family a new baby boy. They named him Louis.
Mary Reed: Female Pirate
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
One of the most famous pirates to sail the seas, was Mary Reed, a female pirate! Some people spell her last name Read, but since Mary couldn't read or write, it made no difference to her. Mary was born into a sailing family. Find out about the life of this girl who was raised as a boy, and who grew up to become one of only two women convicted of piracy! A 15-minute biography.
I Am Cornflower: The Story of a White Mountain Apache Girl
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,880. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography
My white name is Kathy, but my Indian name is Cornflower. I was born in the time when the flowers blossom in the stalks of corn around our village. The cornflower blossom was the first thing my father saw after I had been brought into the world of men. That is why I have the name Cornflower. Read the story of this White Mountain Apache Girl and what her life is like on the reservation.
Leif Erikson: Was He The First Man To Discover America?
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2012 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
Why do we celebrate Columbus Day? Christopher Columbus wasn't the first man to discover America. He wasn't even the first European to set up a town in America. In fact, there were lots of people here before him. Many people think that the first man to explore North America was Leif Erikson. Leif's father was Erik Thorvaldson. He was also known as Erik the Red. Read about Leif's life in this book.
Saint Valentine: The Man Who Became the Patron Saint of Love
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Religious biography
You’ve probably heard of Saint Valentine’s Day. You may have given someone a card or a present. You may even have done it in secret, and watched the look of happiness on their face. But what do you really know about the person who inspired one of the most popular days of the year? Read this 15-minute biography to find out about the three men who may have become Saint Valentine.
Saint George: Dragon Slayer
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
St George, defender of the helpless and slayer of dragons is a saint honored by many countries and many religions. He is as popular with Muslims and Jews as he is with Christians. How could this happen? We know dragons never existed. How could someone be so well known and honored worldwide for something that could never have happened? Find out about the life of this man who slew a dragon.
Joan of Arc: The Girl Who Fought For France
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Joan of Arc was a young farm girl who heard the voices of saints. She led an army in battles to drive the English out of France and put the rightful King on the throne. After she was captured, the King and the armies did nothing to help her. She was sold to the English and put on trial for crimes against the Church. Joan was convicted and burned at the stake. Find out more in this 15-Minute bio.
Bloody Mary: Queen of England
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Mary Tudor was a princess who should have been a queen. But her father shunned and disowned her because she was not a boy. After the deaths of her father and half brother, she had to fight those in power who sought to keep her off the throne. Eventually crowned Queen of England, her battles to abolish her father’s new church and return England to Roman Catholicism eaarned her the name Bloody Mary.
Sally Ride: The First American Woman in Space
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Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women
The morning of June 18, 1983, was an important date for women. On that day, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. At age 32, she was also the youngest to orbit the Earth. This historic flight took Sally and four men on a six-day trip in the space shuttle Challenger. Find out more about the first American woman in space in this 15-Minute biography for kids.