Do what hasn’t been done before: “I am Leonardo da Vinci"

When bestselling author Brad Meltzer launched his Ordinary People Change the World series, he was hoping to teach his own children lessons of perseverance and kindness. As he stated, “These books have always been for my own kids—to give them better heroes and arm them with lessons of resilience and compassion. Today, they need them more than ever.”

In his popular picture-book biographies, iconic figures such as Rosa Parks, Abe Lincoln, and Jackie Robinson come to life. In this video read-along, the author himself introduces us to Leonardo da Vinci. Do you know who he was?

Leonardo da Vinci was born in Italy, way back in the 1400s. Even as a young boy, he knew that he was different. He didn’t think or write like everyone else, and he wasn’t the best student—except when it came to art. Leonardo da Vinci loved to observe little details, and he’d spend hours upon hours practicing drawing until he could make his pictures look completely realistic.

Throughout his life, Leonardo da Vinci was driven by his endless curiosity. He loved that he was different from most other people; after all, he realized that nothing amazing happens when you think like everyone else. In this book, you’ll learn all about his achievements, not just as an artist, but as an architect, engineer, scientist, musician, inventor, and dentist, too! Pay close attention, and you’ll even find out why Batman wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Leonardo da Vinci.

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