Brad Meltzer Author Study

Background/Fun Factual Information

  • Brad Meltzer was raised in Brooklyn and Miami.
  • Meltzer graduated from the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. He really didn't even plan to be a writer. Brad had moved for a job and it fell through so all he could think of was to write.
  • Brad is one of the only authors to ever have bestsellers on the list for non-fiction, advice, children's books and even comic books. All eight of his novels have been on the best seller list.
  • When he isn't writing books, he is a host of "Brad Meltzer's Lost History" and "Brad Meltzer's Decoded"; both on different channels and one is on the History Channel.
  • He writes many different genres, a lot of his books being adult novels, but he writes his children's books for his own children "...to give them better heroes to look up to".
  • In an interview, the interviewer asked how he dealt with rejection and he mentioned that he gave their emails to his mother and said, "You don’t know pain until you’ve met Teri Meltzer. Fear it".
  • His books have been translated into 25 different languages.

Brad Meltzer Quote

What do you stand for? And let's be clear here. The question isn't: What would you like to stand for? What do you actually stand for? What do you represent? Or to ask it more bluntly: if you disappeared, what would people remember you for?...I wanted my kids to see more than princesses and sports figures. I wanted them to see real heroes — Amelia Earhart...Abraham Lincoln — real people no different than themselves. For that reason, each book tells the story of a hero when THEY were a kid. We see them as children. So it's not just Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln being famous — but them being just like us....For me, this isn't just a book series. It's my dream for my daughter. My dream for my sons. My dream for all of us who need to see the power of an ordinary person...and the power — and potential — in each of us. Look around. We live in a world that is starving for heroes. This is my solution.

Common Theme Throughout Life and Books

Ordinary People change the world

Children's Books

  • I Am Helen Keller*
  • I Am Abraham Lincoln*
  • I Am Rosa Parks*
  • I Am Jackie Robinson*
  • I Am Amelia Earhart*
  • I Am Albert Einstein*
  • I Am Lucille Ball
  • I Am Martin Luther King Jr.
  • I Am George Washington
  • I Am Jane Goodall
  • I Am Jim Henson**
  • Heroes For My Daughter
  • Heroes For My Son

*read and highly recommend - **coming soon

words the world needs to hear

Quotes from Brad Meltzer

Life of the Illustrator

  • Christopher Eliopoulos's career started when he was a letterer for Marvel comic books.
  • He doesn't just draw; he also writes. He is the author of many different comics such as 'Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers' and 'Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius'.
  • Eliopoulos has been nominated multiple times for Eisner Awards and has received a Harvey Award; which is one of the comic industries oldest and most prestigious awards.
  • He lives in Chicago, Illinois. He went to college here at Columbia College Chicago with a bachelors in fine arts.
  • Many say that his work mid-century style with many donuts, UFO's and old, cranky men.
  • One of his first real works was an online comic strip called "Misery Loves Sherman" that included a Grimm Reaper character and a young boy who were friends.

Christopher Eliopoulos

Connecting to Your Classroom

  • Using the 'I Am...' books as resources for book reports on early elementary biographies.
  • You could do a famous person study instead of an author study. You can read it as a class and then do more research on a specific person.
  • You can read these out loud and then have students write an 'I Am...' book about themselves.
  • In any classroom, you could do a theme of how ordinary people change the world and inspire your students to realize this reality.
  • With the video below, the students can listen and watch one of the first ladies read aloud one of the books.

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