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21st Century Kids: Celebrate Everyday Heroes

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Group of medical profession heroes
"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."—Christopher Reeve

Can you think of a hero in your life? It might be a relative you strongly admire or the neighbor next door who works at the local hospital to save lives. What about the kid at your school that stands up to bullies? Everyday heroes are everywhere. The great writer, Maya Angelou, said “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” It’s easy to see that not all heroes wear capes and have supernatural powers. Most real heroes are simply ordinary people doing wonderful things. Here are some books acknowledging the efforts of everyday heroes.

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”—Helen Keller

Everyday Heroes

Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Help Protect Our Planet
Rohmer, Harriet

Essential Workers, Essential Heroes
DiLorenzo Williams, Heather

Little Libraries, Big Heroes
Paul, Miranda

Isaiah Dunn is My Hero
Baptist, Kelly J.

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA
Woods, Brenda

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero
Russell, Rachel Renée

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans
Bildner, Phil

A Girl Called Genghis Khan
Lord, Michelle

The Hero Next Door

Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad: Absolute Hero
Tripp, Valerie