Books that Define Heroism
with Units to Guide Literature Circles

Most of these books about HEROES are in your library! (If can't find them, you can order them by clicking the title links below.) They represent every genre! Check out two or three copies of each for your class. Let students choose their favorites and form literature groups. Give them copies of the unit to guide them to find the special treasure inside each book, to develop valuable skills, to problem-solve, and to help them work together as a group! Help children identify with true HEROES!

Novel: Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley--fantasy--A full-length Cinderella novel that tells you the REAL story!--Unit in The Ripple Effect

Novel: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan--fantasy--A action packed, full-length, modern novel about the Greek Gods--Unit in Forever Friendships

Novel: The Forging of the Blade by R. L. LaFevers--fantasy--A action packed, easy novel that C.S. Lewis would have loved!--Unit in Forever Friendships

Novel: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo--fiction--A stray dog becomes a hero as he weaves happiness through a town--Website--Unit in Roots and Wings

Novel: The Expeditioners by S. S. Taylor - futuristic fiction -- Three orphans undertake to follow their father's treasure map in a world without computers -- Website --Unit in Trials and Courage

Novel: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins -- fantasy -- Gregor goes into the New York underground caves to try to rescue his toddler sister from giant roaches and more -- Website -- Unit in Light in the Darkness

Novel: HERO by Mike Lupica -- fantasy -- a boy who learns he has inherited his father's super powers faces evil forces -- Website -- Unit in Reading Out of the Box

Picture Book: The Hero of Bremen by Margaret Hodges--folk tale --A picture book that defines HERO by telling the folktale about a poor, handicapped cobbler who worked hard and who gave all he had to save his city--Unit in Bluebonnet Celebrations

Picture Book: Abbie Against the Storm -- by Marcia Vaugn--Beautiful picture book about a young girl's determination to save sailors during a hurricane--historical fiction-- Unit in Roots and Wings

Picture Book: Fanny's Dream by Caralyn Buehner--fiction--A picture book connecting the Cinderella story to a the life of a farm girl, it reminds us where to find the REAL Prince Charming--Unit in Heart of the Hero

Picture Book: The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino picture book with Kids' Wings Activities available in Download and in the Tempests and Teamwork Collection.

Picture Book: Harvesting Hope The Story of Cesar Chavez, by Kathleen Krull, picture book with Kids' Wings Activities available in Download and in Mountains and Valleys

Picture Book: Lou Gehrig, the Luckiest Man by David Adler--nonfiction--A beautiful picture book about a sports hero, Lou Gehrig--Unit in Heart of the Hero

Picture Book: Radio Rescue by Lynn Barasch--picture book--A true story about a boy learns Morse Code and uses it to rescue others---Website--Unit in Defeating Giants

Picture Book: The Mightiest Heart by Lynn Cullen--Medieval folktale--picture book--A faithful dog becomes an unlikely hero--Website--Unit in Defeating Giants

Picture Book: SPY! The Biography of Nathan Hale by Anna Myers, Available in Download and in the Gifts and Givers Collection.

Picture Book: Surfer of the Century by Ellie Crowe--The biography of Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian Olympic Hero, picture book with Kids' Wings Activities available in Download and in the Tempests and Teamwork Collection.

Picture Book: Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges--A picture book autobiography with primary source photos about the first African-American girl to integrate an all-white school--Website--Unit in Roots and Wings

Picture Book: Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull  --The picture book story of Wilma Rudolph who overcame polio to become the fastest woman in the world--Unit in Character Connections