Lives of great people can inspire children

But that’s not the main goal of many biographies written today

The stories of people with whose aspirations and accomplishment set them apart should be part of every child's reading.
The stories of people  whose aspirations and accomplishment set them apart should be part of every child’s reading.

Biographies should be included in books made available to young people—especially to early adolescents who are in the process of forming their own identities. In seeing the choices notable people made as well as the challenges they faced and the strengths they drew on or developed to meet them, young people can find resources they need to think more powerfully about who they want to be and what ideals they want to serve.

But all biographies are not created equal. Some don’t even aspire to be inspiring. The strengths that seem most worth emulating vary from historical period to period, but ours is an age with a disconcerting lack of interest in moral character along with an unhealthy attraction to the trivial.

We live in a time where we need to be careful, but we also live in a time with lots of information tools available to help us. Read reviews and look for review sites that support the teaching you desire for your children.