For younger race fans looking for a bedtime read with a little more horsepower (and for parents searching for screen time alternatives) there’s the story of Ayrton Senna by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. Published as part of the Little People, Big Dreams series of picture book biographies for kids, Ayrton Senna recounts the Brazilian driver’s rise to Formula One stardom. From the humble beginnings of driving go-karts at age four, this racer would ultimately become considered one of the best ever to get behind the wheel, with his trio of F1 championships and numerous other accolades. Each of the book’s 32 pages features quirky illustrations from Alex G. Griffiths and a tale told with both reverence and enough humor to keep things interesting:
“Little Ayrton was the second son of a wealthy family from Sao Paolo, Brazil. He always had grazed knees and bumps from where he couldn’t keep still.”
The 32-page book includes tales of Senna’s good deeds off the track such as championing education for underprivileged kids in Brazil as well as extra facts and a biographical timeline with historical photos at the back of the book.
As part of the Little People, Big Dreams series Ayrton Senna shares shelf space with dozens of other notable human beings from throughout time and across the globe. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vice President Kamala Harris, Prince have their own Little People, Big Dreams titles along with dozens of others.