15-Minute Biographies

Joseph II of Austria: The Misunderstood Despot
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,960. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014 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. Learn about him in this 15 minute biography.
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.
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.
Leif Erikson: Was He The First Man To Discover America?
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2012 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers, Nonfiction » History » Expeditions & Discoveries
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.
Leif Erikson: Was He The First Man To Discover America? Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books
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. The Educational Version has activities that meet Common Core Curriculum Standards.
Leizu: Empress of the Silkworm
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Asia
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.
Leizu: Empress of the Silkworm: Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 5,620. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books
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. The Educational Version has activities that meet Common Core Curriculum Standards.
Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented the Alphabet for the Blind
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Europe
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.
Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented the Alphabet for the Blind: Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books
In 1809, 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. He made many items out of leather, including harnesses and saddles for horses, leather slippers and shoes, and leather satchels. Educational Versions have CCSS Activities.
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
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.
Mary MacKillop: Australia's First Saint
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Religious, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Australia & Oceania
Mary MacKillop devoted her life to educating children. With the help of Father Julian Woods, she established her own religious Order, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. She set up over 100 schools, educated 12,000 children, and received approval from the Pope for her Order. Mary constantly battled against the Church – and was even ex-communicated, before she became a saint. 15-Min. bio
Mary MacKillop: Australia's First Saint, Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 6,920. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Religious, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Religious / Christian / Biography & Autobiography
Mary MacKillop devoted her life to educating poor children. With the help of Father Woods, she established her own religious Order, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. She set up over 100 schools, educated 12,000 children, and received approval from the Pope for her Order. Find out more about the woman who became Australia's first saint int his 15-minute bio. Includes Common Core exercis
Mary Reed: Female Pirate
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / United States / General
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.
Mary Reed: Female Pirate: Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 6,710. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books
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. Her father was captain of an English trading vessel. Her mother was an uncommon woman. She had sailed with her husband. Educational Versions have CCSS Activities.
Matthew Alexander Henson: The First Man to Reach the North Pole
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Exploration & Discovery
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.
Matthew Henson: The First Man to Reach the North Pole: Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books
Matthew Alexander 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. Every year Matthew and his family would grow a crop. They would share half of what they grew with the man who owned the land. Educational Version has activities to meet CCSS
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
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
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.
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.
Paul Revere: American Patriot; A 15-Minute Biography
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
Paul Revere lived in a time 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 Revere 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 in this 15-book.
Sacajawea: Lewis and Clark Interpreter and Guide
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
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.
Sacajawea: Lewis and Clark Interpreter and Guide: Educational Version
Series: 15-Minute Books · 15-Minute Biographies. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 6,810. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013 by LearningIsland.com. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books
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. She was born into the Shoshone tribe around 1787. No one knows the exact date of her birth. The Shoshone did not keep records of birthdays. The Educational Version has CCSS activities.
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.