When I had only a baby and a toddler, I did a lot of reading. This was mainly because the baby did not sleep well. I tried letting her cry it out when she was 5 months old, but after 2 hours of non-stop crying, I gave in. After that, I held her while she napped and I read a book.
It was during this time that I read Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Gifted Hands is as much about Ben Carson as it is about his mother. His mother raised Ben and his older brother as a single mother. She couldn't read, but she realized that reading was the key to success for her boys. She severely restricted their television viewing and required a certain number of books to be read each week and required a book report.
Ben Carson became interested in science in high school, went to medical school, and eventually became a famous brain surgeon.
The life changing decisions he made and the journey he took to arrive at Johns Hopkins Hospital are what make this book interesting and encouraging.
I recommend this biography for ages 13 and up.