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When it comes to books and reading, my kids couldn’t be more different. Finding books my son is interested in and actually wants to read is definitely a challenge and always has been. My daughter on the other hand is the complete opposite. While she can’t read yet, she loves being read to and looking through books with pictures. When he was her age, he didn’t really care about reading the way she does. That carried over all through elementary school and even now. Motivating him to read is a challenge itself. So when I find books that are not only educational but ones he actually picks up on his own and wants to read, I like to shout it from the rooftops. That’s one of the reason’s we love National Geographic Kids books so much. He actually wants to read them and has built up quite the collection.
We were recently sent The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines to explore. Not only are they fun to read but they’re chock full of information on the stories of modern day and historical guys and gals, from Abraham Lincoln and John Glenn to Sacagawea and Malala Yousafzai. These books feature more than 100 profiles of heroes and role models combined with fascinating facts and photos that are set up in ways that are truly engaging for kids. Even reluctant readers like my son.
WHO’S YOUR HERO?
When it comes to heroes and role models these books are the ultimate hero guides for 21st century kids. Read The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines with your children. Discuss what a hero is to you and ask your who children who they look up to as heroes/role models. In these books the heroes & heroines featured share seven qualities:
- Heroes are courageous
- Heroes do the right thing
- Heroes have compassion
- Heroes are competent
- Heroes are inspiring
- Heroes never quit
- Heroes leap to action
These talking points are a great way to keep the conversation going after reading the books. Get your kids involved with more than just reading by asking them questions like:
- What does hero mean to them
- Who are some of their heroes
- Why do they consider them a hero
- Who is missing from the books that they would like to see in there
- Why did they pick them
- What are important trait role models and heroes should possess
JUST THE FACTS
Discover the true stories of superstars, war heroes, world leaders, peacemakers, and other gutsy gals who changed the world in The Book of Heroines. Featuring heroes such as Mother Teresa, Marie Curie, Misty Copeland, Tina Fey, and Emma Watson, this book is great for teaching girls and boys alike about some superstar women. In The Book of Heroes, you can discover true stories of superheroes, rebels, world leaders, action heroes, sports legends, and many more. Heroes like Galileo, Sitting Bull, Michael Jordan, Jackie Robinson and Stephen Hawking.
Not only are they great for reading time but they’re great for our homeschool too. In fact, you can easily create an entire lesson plan around the books or use them for research while covering other topics in your curriculum.We’re using ours for a lesson on role models and what makes a hero.
Keep the conversation going with your own questions and lessons around those showcased in the books.
You can find The Book of Heroes and Heroines at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million and the National Geographic Store. They retail for $14.99 each and make a great gift this holiday season. The recommend ages are 8-12 but I honestly think that kids younger and older can appreciate thee books and would enjoy reading them.
ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS
National Geographic Kids Books is the leading nonfiction publisher for kids and the only publisher with the world’s premier scientific, education, and research organization at its core. They publish more than 100 titles each year and have more than 600 titles currently in print worldwide, with many award-winners, including the best-selling National Geographic Kids Almanac, a leveled readers series, our popular Weird But True series, many STEM-centric titles, and more. Colorful graphics, beautiful photography and rich informative content are hallmarks of our books. Our mission is to inspire kids to learn about the planet and empower them to make it better.
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