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Who’s Your Hero?

by Kama Mastromonaco

Reading Age: Baby – 7 years

Kama Mastromonaco believes true heroes are not the superheroes of movies, but the people who stand on the frontlines during a crisis, who lay their lives down for us on a daily basis, and those who are the closest to us and offer consistent inspiration, education and protection.

This inspirational and colorfully illustrated picture book presents children with positive influences and strong role models to help them grow in today’s society. Included are a doctor, nurse, farmer, pilot, mother, father, brother, sister, firefighter, policeman, teacher, construction worker and soldier. Each has brief description of why that character should be considered a hero.

Courageous People Who Changed the World
(Little Heroes) Board book

by Heidi Poelman & Kyle Kershner

Reading Age: 2-5 years

From the intrepid efforts of Susan B. Anthony to the quiet courage of Rosa Parks, Courageous People Who Changed the World is a young child’s first introduction to the brave people who fought to make the world a better place. Simple text and adorable illustrations tell the contributions of eight champions of freedom: Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Malala Yousafzai, Harriet Tubman, William Wilberforce, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. A quote from each individual is included on each spread along with colorful, delightful artwork.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women (Volume 1)

by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo

Reading Age: 6 years and up

The New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the lives of extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world.

This must-have volume brings readers on an empowering journey, introducing them to the real-life adventures of trailblazing women from Elizabeth I to Malala Yousafzai. The unique narrative style of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls transforms each biography into a fairytale, filling readers with wonder and a burning curiosity to know more about each hero. Each woman’s story is also accompanied by a full-page, full-color portrait that captures her rebel spirit.

National Geographic Kids Chapters: Kangaroo to the Rescue!: And More True Stories of Amazing Animal Heroes

by Moira Donohue

Reading Age: 7 – 10 years

National Geographic Kids is back with another installment in the Animal Heroes line of National Geographic Chapters books. Get ready to meet more amazing, medal-worthy critters in this action-packed collection, including a kangaroo to the rescue! Filled with engaging photos, fast facts and fascinating sidebars, readers won’t want to put this book down.

National Geographic Kids Chapters: Hero Dogs

by Mary Quattlebaum

Reading Age: 7 – 10 years

Calling all dog lovers! Join the adventure as National Geographic Kids Chapters presents a trio of true stories about incredible acts of canine heroism. From Glory the bloodhound, who saves lost pets, to terriers who help raise orphaned hippos, these brave pups are sure to inspire young animal lovers.

50 Real Heroes for Boys: True Stories of Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, and More!

by Christy Monson

Reading Age: 7 – 10 years

50 Real Heroes for Boys teaches young boys everywhere that being a man only requires being yourself—but your best self. Bright, colorful portraits by over a dozen international artists accompany true stories of men who knew that character—things like integrity, kindness, empathy, courage, respect for women and more—mixed with their own unique gifts—art, athletics, creativity, dance, music, curiosity and more—could make the world a better place. Readers will find Jackie Robinson, who used courage to break barriers in sports; Jim Henson, who used humor to uplift the lives of millions; Dav Pilkey, who used perseverance to push through dyslexia and become one of the world’s most successful children’s book authors; and many more! The book also includes dozens of stories of women like Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt and Jane Goodall, because boys can have women heroes too! Written by marriage and family therapist Christy Monson, 50 Real Heroes for Boys reminds boys everywhere what true masculinity is all about.

The Hero Next Door: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology

by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Reading Age: 8 – 12 years

This middle-grade short-story collection–this one focused on exploring acts of bravery–features some of the best known-voices in children’s authors, including R. J. Palacio (Wonder), Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer), Linda Sue Park (A Long Walk to Water) and many more.

Not all heroes wear capes. Some heroes teach martial arts. Others talk to ghosts. A few are inventors or soccer players. They’re also sisters, neighbors, and friends. Because heroes come in many shapes and sizes. But they all have one thing in common: they make the world a better place. This vibrant anthology features thirteen acclaimed authors whose powerful and diverse voices show how small acts of kindness can save the day. So pay attention, because a hero could be right beside you. Or maybe the hero is you.

My Hero: Military Kids Write About Their Moms and Dads

by Allen Appel

Reading Age: Elementary

Working through the Armed Services YMCA, Alan Appel and Mike Rothmiller have collected more than 100 essays from children whose parents are serving or have served in the military. The children’s heartfelt, moving, sometimes funny and completely honest observations about their moms and dads truly capture the emotional connection between parent and child. It is a connection that cannot be severed even when a parent is thousands of miles away, gone for long stretches of time, and in danger. Inspiring, heartbreaking and genuine, this book provides a fascinating look inside the hearts and minds of kids who love and honor their moms and dads as heroes – at home or on the battlefield.

Hero #1

by Jennifer Li Shotz

Reading Age: 8 – 12 years
3 book series

Hero, a retired search-and-rescue dog, is not prepared for a stray puppy to come into his life. But when he and twelve-year-old Ben find Scout injured and afraid, the new addition leads them down an unexpected and dangerous path. When Scout goes missing, it’s up to Hero to use his search-and-rescue skills to find Scout and bring him home. Get ready for a canine adventure full of danger, loyalty and the unbreakable bond between a boy and his best friend.

Ember (Rescue Dogs #1)

by Jane B. Mason & Sarah Hines-Stephens

Reading Age: 8 – 12 years
Book 1 of 4: Rescue Dogs

Action and adventure with high stakes and a happy ending — and dogs! After Ember is rescued from a devastating house fire, she longs for a forever home. But every family that adopts the yellow Lab puppy brings her back, saying she is untrainable, has too much energy or is just plain destructive. After three failed placements, young Ember is out of options.

The Sterling family runs a ranch that turns rescued dogs into rescue dogs. They’re willing to take a chance on the young Lab, not knowing that Ember’s first rescue will test her skills and strength beyond imagination.

Paws of Courage: True Tales of Heroic Dogs that Protect and Serve

by Nancy Furstinger

Reading Age: 10 – 14 years

Modern wars recruit more than just human soldiers. Our canine companions also serve in the line of duty and under fire, whether helping police protect our home turf or accompanying soldiers on missions abroad. Readers will cheer for the hero dogs featured in this collection, profiled with stunning photos and inspiring tales of bravery, friendship, heroism and devotion. Their touching stories are sure to inspire animal lovers everywhere

Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing People Who Stood Up and Stood Out

by Ben Brooks, Quinton Winter (Illustrator)

Reading Age: 8 – 12 years

The follow-up to Ben Brooks’s New York Times bestselling Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, this book offers more extraordinary true stories of amazing people who broke the mold and changed the world for the better. The resulting message? Be yourself, and your dreams might come true.

With the help of Quinton Winter’s striking full-color illustrations, Brooks offers an accessible compilation of 76 famous and not-so-famous influencers from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and stereotype-smasher in his or her own way. Entries include Emma Gonzalez, Andy Warhol, Bjork, Hans Christian Andersen, Sally Ride and so many more — heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.

Never Too Young!: 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference

by Aileen Weintraub & Laura Horton

Reading Age: 8 – 12 years

Anyone—no matter how young—can make a difference! Meet 50 incredible kids who had a positive impact in their communities . . . and the world.
From Picasso, who changed the art world forever, to Malala Yousafzai, the brave teen who was shot for advocating education for girls, the 50 kids profiled in Never Too Young! will inspire and empower young readers. Some, like Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Stevie Wonder, are prominent figures, while others who are lesser known though their achievements are just as compelling. They come from a variety of historical periods and backgrounds, and have made an impact in politics, sports, the arts, science, and more.

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