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Friday, October 17, 2008

Who do you think of when you hear the word "hero"? Someone that you know? An athlete or astronaut? Or do you think of a superhero: a special person who can fly through stormclouds, jump to the treetops, or turn invisible in the blink of an eye?

My hero is Abby the sparrow. It's not easy being a sparrow. She has to hide from hunters, such as owls, hawks, and even house cats. She defends her eggs from cowbirds, who like to lay eggs in sparrows's nests. Cowbirds want sparrows do all the work in raising the cowbird chicks! She's my hero because she's so small but so brave; she sticks up for herself against more powerful enemies. And she sings to me to cheer me up on rainy days.

Here's a list of books about heroes of all kinds, and may inspire you to be a hero, too.

Yours with snorts,

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Because of You
By Hennessy, B. G.
Illustrator Nakata, Hiroe

The author and illustrator of "My Book of Thanks" reunite to show, through everyday examples, how acts of kindness, understanding, and generosity--no matter how small--can make all the difference in the world. Full color.

Publisher Comments

Each child brings to the world one more person to love and care for--and one more person who can love and care for others. As children grow and learn, they can teach others and share feelings, ideas, and things. Just as each of us sometimes needs help, we can also find ways to help others. The author and illustrator of "My Book of Thanks reunite to show, through everyday examples, how acts of kindness, understanding, and generosity--no matter how small--can make all the difference in the world.


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Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans
By Brown, Jeffrey A.

A history of the trailblazing comics that broke color barriers and portrayed African Americans in heroic storylines

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Kids with Courage: True Stories about Young People Making a Difference
By Lewis, Barbara A.

CCBC Choices - 1992
Meet 18 remarkable kids with the courage to speak out, fight back, come to the rescue, and stand up for their beliefs. As fun to read as fiction, these exciting true stories prove that anyone, at any age, in any life circumstance, can make a real difference in the world. Photos.

Cooperative Children's Book Center Review
Eighteen young social and environmental activists are featured in an unusual collection about real kids. Based on the author's interviews with the young people, the book is divided into four sections: Kids Fighting Crime; Kids Taking Social Action; Heroic Kids; and Kids Saving the Environment. Each entry includes brief biographical information about the young activist, as well as a photograph, in addition to a description of the contribution he or she has made to society. These range from a 14-year-old Milwaukee boy who gave his Nikes to a shoeless pregnant woman he encountered on a city bus one winter day to a 16-year-old girl from Louisville, Kentucky, who coordinates a volunteer peer counseling group for victims of child sexual abuse which provides moral support prior to courtroom appearances. African-American, Asian-American, Latino, Native American and Euro-American youngsters from throughout the United States are featured in an engaging composite of the next generation of leaders. (Ages 8-14) © 1992, All rights reserved, Cooperative Children's Book Center


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By Gownley, Jimmy
Illustrator Gownley, Jimmy
Introduction by Schooley, Bob

Amelia McBride is facing more changes - her beloved Aunt Tanner is moving, new friend Trish is hiding a terrible secret and super-hero-wannabe Reggie has vowed to destroy the evil Legion of Steves. (You did know that everyone named Steve is up to no good, right??) This first ever novel-length Amelia Rules! story masterfully combines seriousness and humor, even taking the reader into the brilliantly-illustrated fantasy worlds of the "Tweenie Zeenie" and Reggie's imagination.


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The Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth
By Smith, Charles R.
Illustrator Russell, P. Craig

Meet the most impressive of the gods and goddesses of Olympus-and even a few monsters-and see them revealed for what they really were: ancient superheroes with the power to shift shape, move mountains, and change fate. In this innovative introduction to Greek mythology, energetic poems and dynamic comic book style illustrations create a seamless blend of the ancient and contemporary that depicts the gods in all their super-human glory.


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Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen
By DiSalvo-Ryan, DyAnne

A boy spends the day with Uncle Willie in the soup kitchen where he works preparing and serving food for the hungry.