15-Minute Biographies

Wu Zetian: First Empress of China
Series: 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2019 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Asia
Wu Zetian was an intelligent and ambitious woman. She married Emperor Gaizong of the Tang Dynasty and became Empress. But Wu wasn’t satisfied. She wanted to rule in her own right. She was determined to become Emperor of China and killed anyone who stood in her way – even her own children. Find out more about this legendary ruler in this 15-minute children's biography. Ages 10+. Reading Level: 6.8
Johnny Appleseed: The True Story Of John Chapman
Series: 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2019 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
Johnny Appleseed is one of the most loved characters in American folk history and the official folk hero of Massachusetts. He is often shown wandering barefoot, wearing a shirt and pants, and with a tin hat on his head. A kind, nature-loving man who wandered across the frontier scattering apple seeds wherever he went. Like most legends, there is a mixture of myth and truth. This is the true story.
William McKinley: The President Who Wore Carnations
Series: 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2018 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Presidents & First Families (U.S.), Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / United States / 19th Century
William McKinley was a religious man who wanted to be a Methodist minister. He fought in the Civil War as a teenager, then became a lawyer and politician. He won the 1896 election and was the 25th President of the U. S. Six months into his second Presidency, he was shot and killed. Find out more about this man and why he always wore a carnation in this 15-minute children's biography. RL:6.9
Louis Pasteur and the Science of Germs
Series: 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2017 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Science & Nature / Biology
Louis Pasteur was a scientist. When he tried to convince the medical establishment that germs caused disease, he was laughed at. Louis never accepted defeat. He discovered how to kill germs in liquids in a process we call “pasteurization”. He developed vaccines and encouraged the use of antiseptics and disinfectants. Find out more about this man who helped discover how to make foods safe. RL: 6.9
Annie Oakley: Little Sure Shot
Series: 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Annie Oakley went from a life of poverty and abuse, to being one of the most famous women in the world. She made her own way, learning to fire guns like a man and perfecting her sharp shooting. When she joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, her fame spread. Finally she found happiness in both her personal and her professional life. Find out more about this woman who could outshoot any man. RL: 6.3
Amelia Earhart: America's Lost Flyer
Series: 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2016 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / United States / 20th Century
Amelia Earhart thought a woman could do anything a man could. She encouraged women to follow their dreams. When Amelia first saw an airplane, she was not impressed. A few years later, she knew she had to fly. Amelia set many flying records. Her dream was to be the first person to fly around the world along the equator. In 1937, she set off on her dream. Learn more in this 15-minute bio for kids.
Nathan Hale: American Patriot
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2016 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
Many people remember Nathan Hale as an American patriot. Those who do not know his story think that he did great things for our country. The truth is, Nathan never fought in battle, held a regular job as a school teacher for only a year, and failed on his first mission. In fact, he did more for the country after he was dead than when he was alive. Here is the true story of Nathan Hale. RL: 6.5
Melville Dewey and the Dewey Decimal System
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2016 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Melville Dewey was a man of many talents. He is often called the father of modern library science. He developed a system for cataloging books that is still in widespread use today. He helped create New York's Lake Placid Club and bring the Olympics there. He was also a man with strong opinions. Find out more about Dewey in this 15-Minute biography for kids. Reading level: 5.3
James Garfield: The Professor President
James Garfield had little early education, he worked to put himself through college before entering politics. When the Civil War started, he joined the Union Army. He won many battles and become a Major General. As a politician, he fought for civil rights, the abolition of slavery and an education system for African Americans. In March 1881 he became president. 200 days later he was dead. RL: 6.8
Marie Curie: The Discoverer of Radium
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2016 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology
Maria Sklodowska was a Polish girl who wanted a proper education. She changed her name to and went to university in France. She met and married Pierre Curie and began to work with radioactivity. Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win two Nobel Prizes. Hers was a life filled with firsts. Find out more about this discoverer of radium in this short bio.
Florence Nightingale: The Lady With The Lamp: A 15-Minute Biography
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2016 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women
Florence Nightingale went from being a rich child to the poorest conditions in war. Along the way she saved countless lives, changed the world of health care, created schools and trained countless nurses. She also wrote hundreds of books, and changed the way women and hospital patients were treated. Find out more about this founder of modern nursing in this short 15-minute children's bio. RL: 6.5
Thomas Jefferson: Founding Father
Thomas Jefferson was a lawyer and farmer. He was wrote the Declaration of Independence and went on to become the third President of the US. Find out more about our third president and how he helped found the United States. Ages 10 and up. Reading Level: 7.5
John Adams: The Forgotten Founding Father
John Adams was a farmer and lawyer. He was one of the Founding Fathers who pushed for Independence. He helped write and sign the Declaration of Independence and became America’s second President. But there are no memorials to John Adams in Washington. He is the Forgotten Founding Father. Find out more about our second president and how he helped found the United States.
King Richard: The Lion-Hearted King
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,000. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Medieval
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Richard Plantagenet, King of England, was a brave soldier and a great Crusader. He won many battles against the Muslims in the Holy Land. He earned the name “Lionheart”, but he was not a good king. He didn’t like England. He spent about six months there during his ten year reign. He sold the country’s lands to the highest bidder to raise money for the Crusades. Learn more in this short biography.
Benjamin Franklin: The First American
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2015 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » History » North America » USA
Ben Franklin was a writer, scientist, inventor and political leader. He was one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the U.S. He organized the first lending library and volunteer fire department. He established universities and hospitals. He also flew a kite in a thunderstorm to show that lightning was electricity. Learn more in this short bio
Abraham Lincoln: America's Great Emancipator: Educational Version
Abraham Lincoln came from humble beginnings, but he learned from an early age the power of education. He wanted to help Americans and bring equality for all. During the Civil War, he put his skills to work. He made two famous speeches: The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. They changed the nation of America forever. Find out more in this 15-minute bio. Includes CCS exercises.
Saint Francis of Assisi: The Patron Saint of Animals: Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 7,230. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Religious, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Religious / Christian / Biography & Autobiography
Saint Francis is one of the most loved saints in the world. He lived a simple life, dedicated to Jesus. He loved animals and nature, and believed we have a responsibility to look after them. Francis was born in Assisi, Italy, sometime between December 1181 and September 1182. His father was a wealthy cloth merchant. His mother was a French noblewoman. 15-minute bio. Has Common Core exercises.
Joseph II of Austria: The Misunderstood Despot: Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 6,960. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Europe
Joseph II of Austria was a complicated man. He loved his subjects and was willing to do anything for them. Unfortunately for them, in his mind that meant telling them how to do everything! Joseph had been raised to believe that, as royalty, he was smarter and better than anyone else. He believed that being kind to them meant treating them like children. 15-minute bio. Has CCS exercises.
Paul Revere: American Patriot: Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Political
Paul Revere lived when America was not yet a country. It was a colony of England. The people were British subjects and lived under British laws. British soldiers enforced the laws in Boston and other colonial cities. Paul was a patriot. He believed America should be free. Read about the life of this American patriot and learn the truth about his midnight ride. 15-minute bio Has CCS exercises.
The Wright Brothers: America's First Fliers: Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 7,080. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Wilbur and Orville Wright dreamed of flying. They designed, built and tested gliders. They studied wings and propellers. They designed and built an engine. After years of testing and a few crashes, they flew the first powered aircraft. This is the story of their life. Find out more about these brave men and how they came to create the World's first powered airplane. 15-minute bio has CCS exercises
Thomas Edison: America's Greatest Inventor: Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 7,030. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Technology / Inventions
Thomas Edison was an inventor. He invented electric lighting, the phonograph and alkaline batteries. He invented a camera to record moving pictures and a device for watching them. He added sound to create a motion picture. He improved many of the machines we use today. He even created a battery powered car. Edison created more inventions than any other inventor. 15-minute bio. Has CCS exercises.
Saint Patrick: Ireland's Beloved Saint: Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 7,230. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Religious, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, is one of the best known saints of the World. Legends claim he converted the country of Ireland to Christianity and drove all the snakes into the sea. Most of what we know about Patrick comes from his own writings. Patrick wrote about his thoughts, dreams and visions and his life and teachings. Find out more in this 15-minute biography. RL: 6.6 Has CCS exercises.
Paul Revere's Midnight Ride: The True Story of How It Happened
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Paul Revere lived in the 1700s. He was a goldsmith and silversmith. He was also a messenger and a spy. Paul made many midnight rides and passed many messages to the patriots. He was a spy for over 15 years. On April 18, 1775, Paul made a ride that would make him famous. Find out the true story of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride in this 15-minute book. Ages 7-10. Reading Level 3.9.
Abraham Lincoln: America's Great Emancipator
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2014 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Presidents & First Families (U.S.), Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / United States / 19th Century
Abe Lincoln came from humble beginnings but he learned from an early age the power of education. He wanted to help Americans and bring equality for all. During the Civil War, he put his skills to work. He made two famous speeches: The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. They changed America forever. Find out more about Lincoln and how he became President in this 15-minute bio.
Saint Francis of Assisi: The Patron Saint of Animals
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2014 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Religious, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Religious / Christian / Biography & Autobiography
St Francis is one of the most loved saints in the world. He lived a simple life, dedicated to Jesus. He loved animals and nature, and believed we have a responsibility to look after them. Francis was born in Assisi, Italy, sometime between December 1181 and September 1182.His father was a wealthy cloth merchant. His mother was a French noblewoman. Find out more about St Francis in this short bio.