Our Beloved Missile Man – 6 Inspiring Books About Dr.A P J Abdul Kalam

Inspiring Books About Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Today is the birth anniversary of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Modern Indian history is incomplete with the mention of the name APJ Abdul Kalam, scientist, teacher, statesman and above all a great human being. He is known as “The People’s President” and The Missile man of India”. An inspiring teacher and a student of everything, Dr. Kalam collapsed and died from an apparent cardiac arrest on July 27, 2015, while delivering a lecture at the IIM Shillong. Dr. Kalam is a rare personality who helped transcended and bridge religious, linguistic, geographical and hierarchical divides – A “must-have” role model for our children!

Here are 6 books about APJ Kalam for kids. Most of these are picture biographies with simple text and charming illustrations. Go on and give your children a dose of inspiration today!

6 Inspiring Books About Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam – Read & Shine

APJ Kalam - Read and Shine

The Read and Shine series includes stories about a few remarkable people who are known far and wide and through their will and determination changed the face of the world. The stories are written in an easy manner and key incidents are beautifully illustrated.

APJ Abdul Kalam – The People’s President

APJ - The Peoples President

Trace the remarkable journey of a small-town boy from a struggling family, as he rose to become the President of the country, earning along the way the epithets of The Missile Man of India and The People’s President.

Know About Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

APJ - Know about

APJ Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned politician, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering. A short and nicely illustrated book about Kalam and his life in simple words.

The Adventures of Young Kalam by Stuti Agarwal

The Adventures of Young Kalam

Kalam is the cleverest little boy in his school, perhaps even his town, Rameswaram. He is annoyingly curious, full of crazy ideas and up to mad inventions. Everyone around him and all his classmates think he is bonkers, weird and best avoided – all except for his dad, two best friends and Professor Ramachandran, the science teacher in whose little laboratory he tests out all his inventions. But when the school’s most horrid teacher, Punnakai, spreads lies about the professor’s experiments and plots to throw Kalam out for his latest creation, the two have to find a way to fight back.

 Dr. APJ Kalam – Legendary Lives by BookBox

APJ Kalam Books for Kids

What makes Kalam an inspiration to so many children and adults alike? The answer lies in the ordinary stories from his life and the extraordinary lessons he drew from them.” Mr. Kalam’s stories are part of BookBox’s Legendary Lives series. These are full of colorful illustrations and simple stories from his life. There are 5 books about Kalam in this series – School Topper, A Lesson for my teacher, Missile Man, Designing a Fighter Jet, Failure to Success.

These books are also available as videos on YouTube.

APJ Abdul Kalam by Sanjana Kapur (Amar Chitra Katha)

APJ Abdul Kalam - Amar chitra Katha

A beautifully written and equally well-illustrated graphic novel version of APJ’s biography.


This is a wonderful and motivating video about Kalam’s interaction with children during a fest in 2012. We are sure you’ll be teary-eyed after watching this.

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