Introducing young readers to extraordinary people.


Each two-page spread introduces readers to someone who used their talents, experience, or expertise to make a difference in the world. There is a short story for each person, as well as a quote by or about them. 

BTSYA Reader:
I liked the format of the book. For each hero, there was a two-page biography which caught significant moments in the life of each heroine, where they started and where they ended up. Some began with just a thought or a question. Some were from a difficult childhood situation.

The book's message is that every experience has a purpose and it is always up to us as to how things turn out in the end. Here we learn from the steps of heroes. We learn the power of optimism and we are inspired to do more. The book would be great for parents to read together with their children. There is a lot to discuss. Older children can read this independently and come to their own conclusions.

Parent Perspective:
I really like the book's style/format. The snapshots of the more than 50 people are more "story" than a biography. The combination of their brevity (lots of white space), a photo, and/or a quote make it easy for young readers to explore the book to find people they're interested in learning more about.

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder lists this as a book for high school students. It appears to us that it would be totally accessible in reading level and content to kids in middle school, too.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Adults looking to offer encouragement and inspiration to the children in their lives will find this a wonderful resource. Young readers will like the freedom of moving about the book any way they choose.

Content Awareness Factors:

None for us. Some readers may see the book as "too long," but it is not written to be read cover to cover. 

Type of Book:
This is an anthology of biographies of accomplished people (men and women) who offer examples of the best qualities we hope to instill in our children.
Educational Themes:

Award-winning author Brad Meltzer wrote this book for his daughter. It is filled with short biographies of people who used their talents to achieve success, change lives, serve others, et al. Meltzer introduces readers to more than 50 people, from historical figures in all areas of society (political, military, medicine, et al) going back centuries and pop culture icons of the last 100 years.

Because of its format, readers can move freely around the book. If there is someone who inspires your reader, look for more information about them to encourage learning.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: Young Adult
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that your daughter will read in bits in pieces on days she needs a little inspiration or support.

Title Heroes For My Daughter
Author Brad Meltzer
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2016
ISBN 9780062439277
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Biography
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