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Aids
Austin Gutwein
Austin Gutwein started "Hoops of Hope" to raise funds to provide care, food, and shelter for children in Africa.
by Lindsey from Palmer, Massachusetts

Clara Hale
Clara Hale helped hundreds of foster children.
by Jessica from Mississauga, Canada

David D. Ho
David D. Ho discovered a successful way to treat AIDS.
by Jonathan

Florence Ngobeni
Florence Ngobeni is an HIV/AIDS educator and Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
by Jerrilyn Jacobs

Moses Zulu
Moses Zulu established Children's Town in Zambia to teach AIDS orphans life skills.
by Manyun Belanie Yau from Beirut

Nkosi Johnson
Nkosi Johnson was an orphan infected by HIV who spoke out on behalf of children with AIDS.
(World AIDS Orphans Day is May 7)

Ryan White
Ryan White devoted his life to educating the public about AIDS.
by John from Greensburg

Thembi Ngubane
Thembi was a youth ambassador for Nelson Mandela's campaign
against HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Angel
Abdul Sattar Edhi
Abdul Sattar Edhi founded Edhi International Foundation,
and has been called the greatest living humanitarian in the world.

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn was a beautiful actress, dancer and notable Ambassador for UNICEF.
by Gheeda from Beirut, Lebanon

Jeni Stepanek
Jeni Stepanek is an ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy who continues
to spread her son, Mattie's, message of peace.
by Claudia Herrera Hudson

Louie Zamperini
Louis Zamperini is a WW2 prisoner of war survivor
who forgave his tormentor and inspires others to forgive.
by Annika from Eden Prairie

Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa gained international prominence as a modern-day saint.
by Jeff Trussell for MY HERO

Princess Diana
Princess Diana campaigned passionately for many causes.
by Jeff Trussell for MY HERO

Sadako Sasaki
Sadako Sasaki inspired an international peace movement.
by Amanda E. from Derry NH

Susan G. Komen
Susan G. Komen was the inspiration for her sister to reach out to other women with cancer.
by Ally from Eden Prairie

Terry Fox
Terry Fox lost his leg to cancer when he was a teenager.
He decided to run across Canada to raise funds for Cancer research.
by Andy from Canada

Animal
Balto
Balto led his dog team on the lifesaving 1925 serum run to Rome, Alaska.
by Matt from Fredericksburg

Bear
Bear was presented the 30th National Hero Dog Award.
by Simone from Woodlands

Big Ben
Big Ben raced his way into the hearts and memories of fans.
by Kayla from Malcolm, Canada

Binti Jua
Binti Jua is the hero of the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.
He rescued a 3-year-old child who fell 18 feet into the zoo's exhibit.
by Nancy Nickerson for MY HERO

Harley
has saved Faith's life many times.
by Faith Hall from Tracy

Hero
Hero is an extraordinary therapy dog.
By Hero's Friends at School

Koko
shows people that animals have feelings, wants and needs.
by Jennie from Ansonia

Puppies Behind Bars
Puppies Behind Bars is a program that benefits both inmates and dogs.
by Jennifer Beck for MY HERO

S.A.D. Horse Rescue
S.A.D. Horse Rescue is dedicated to rescuing neglected draft horses.
by Lindsay from Millbrook, Canada

Shasta
Shasta was a trained member of the Alaska Search and Rescue team.
by Hans from Alaska

Winter
Winter is a dolphin who learned to swim with a prosthetic tale.
by Isabel from The Woodlands

Artist
Anna Pavlova
was a Russian ballerina and is known as one of the finest classical dancers in history
by Linda from San Diego

Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams was an 'artist-activist' whose photographs of nature inspired conservation.
Donita from Billings, Montana

Artemisia Gentileschi
Artemisia Gentileschi was a female post-Renaissance artist who tackled challenging themes.
by Susannah Abbey

Bajé Whitethorne
Bajé illustrates children's books about Navajo Traditional Stories.
His art celebrates living in harmony.
by Olin Smith from Flagstaff, Arizona

Bob Hope
Bob Hope had the rare ability to bring laughter everywhere he went.
by Nina from Hobart

Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz made people laugh every day.
by Justin, Elissa, Linda, & Tucker

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin taught us to laugh in the face of adversity.
by Neil from Fredericksburg

Claude Oscar Monet
Claude Oscar Monet founded French Impressionist painting.
by Aileen from Selden

Coluche
Coluche was a French humorist who created an organization to feed the poor.
by Fabrice from France

Daniel Libeskind
Daniel Libeskind is an architect whose work inspires peace.
by Kevin from Bellevue

Dorothea Lange
Dorothea Lange captured powerful moments in history with a keen eye for the human condition.
by Amanda from San Diego

Edmonia Lewis
Edmonia Lewis defied restrictions placed on black women
and found fame and respect in the art community.
by Jerrilyn and Madline Jacobs

Fauzia Minallah
Fauzia Minallah is the founder of Funkor Childart Centre and an ARTIVIST.
by Joanne Tawfilis

Frances Anne Hopkins
Frances Anne Hopkins was an English artist known for her canoe paintings of Canada.
by Amanda from Barrie, Canada

Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most famous architects in the world.
by Nico from California (crossroads school) 6th grade

Friedl Dicker-Brandeis
Friedl Dicker-Brandeis was an artist and teacher who gave children hope during the Holocaust.
by Taylor Copeland from Connecticut

Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel revolutionized women's fashion and empowered women.
by Melanie from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Gustave Eiffel
Gustave Eiffel was the French architect who gave the United States the Eiffel Tower.
by Jimmy from France

Harry Houdini
Harry Houdini was a master of escape
by Brady from Anchorage

Jackie Chan
is a beloved comedic martial artist and philanthropist.
by Dana from San Diego

Jim Henson
Jim Henson was the world's most famous puppeteer, bringing smiles to children worldwide.
by Joe from Fredricksburg

Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was an artist, scientist and inventor.
by Alex and Kara from Michigan

Mamadou Tall Diedhiou
Mamadou Tall Diedhiou combines recycled materials to create inspiring works of art.
by Cheikh Darou Seck from Dakar, Senegal

Maria Tallchief
Maria Tallchief was a beloved Native American ballerina who pioneered many important roles.
by Rebecca Miller for MY HERO

Mary Cassatt
Mary Cassatt filled the world with her beautiful paintings of children, mothers, love and kindness.
Claire from New York

Maya Lin
is an architect and sculptor who designed the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.
by Grace Turner from Cairo

Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland has paved the way for other African American ballerinas.
by Francesca from San Diego

Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson is the New Zealand film director and producer of the Tolkien classics
by Slater for MY HERO

Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandt van Rijn captured the suffering, reflection and compassion of humanity in his art.
by Rebecca Miller for MY HERO

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is an award winning filmmaker who pushed the limits of his art.
by Sophie from San Diego

Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh overcame personal struggles to become one of the world's most renowned artists.
by Claudia Herrera Hudson

Walt Disney
Walt Disney is a musician and actor whose roles are often heroic and funny.
by Molly from New Haven

Wang Yani
Wang Yani started to paint at a young age and, at thirteen, her art was being hung
in galleries around the world.
by Elena from Center Valley

Will Smith
Will Smith is a musician and actor whose roles are often heroic and funny.
by Molly from New Haven

Wyland
Wyland is an internationally recognized artist and marine life conservationist.
by Victoria for MY HERO

Business
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was an American scientist, inventor, visionary, statesman and philosopher.
By Christopher from San Diego

Bill Gates
Bill Gates is devoted to humanitarian causes around the world.
by Egan from San Diego

Blake Mycoskie
Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS Shoes to bring shoes to children who don't have them.
by Meryl from San Diego

Bruno Serato
is a chef who feeds 300 children at his restaurant every night, 7 nights a week.
by Joanne Tawfilis

Charles Francis Feeney
Charles Francis Feeney is a generous businessman who founded the Atlantic Philanthropies.
by Gahwi from Victoria

Danny Thomas
Danny Thomas is the founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
by Sarah from San Diego

Dolores Olmedo Patino
Dolores Olmedo Patino was a beloved Mexican businesswoman, philanthropist, and art collector.
by Claudia Herrera Hudson

Henry Ford
Henry Ford introduced the world to a new era in personal transportation.
by Douglas from San Diego.

Jack Odell
Jack Odell was an English engineer who invented the Matchbox car for his daughter.
by Kathy Crockett

John Deere
John Deere revolutionized farming to bring more food to the tables of all.
by Ryler from Riley

John Tu
John Tu is the founder of Kingston Technology (computer memory products), a musician and a supporter
of Erin Gruwell's Freedom Writers.
by Casey from Laguna Beach

Madam C.J. Walker
C.J. Walker started her successful business specifically for African-American women and gave money
to organizations that would help or encourage black Americans.
by Alexandra from St.Paul

Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson inspires others with his basketball talents and philanthropic work.
by Laura Tucker for MY HERO

Milton S. Hershey
Milton Hershey made a fortune on chocolate and gave back to children.
by David from Montvale, New Jersey

Oprah
Oprah Winfrey was honored by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.
by Kyra Kirkwood

Simon Velez
Simon Velez is a prize winning architect who uses sustainable materials.
by David Kemker

Soichiro Honda
Soichero Honda was a successful inventor and businessman who built the Honda Motor Company.
by Isabella from San Francisco

Child
Ana Dodson and Peruvian Hearts
Ana Dodson and Peruvian Hearts formed an organization to provide children in Peruvian orphanages
an education and hope for the future.

Bilaal Rajan
Bilaal Rajan is the founder of Making Change Now and Canada's child ambassador to UNICEF.
by Sean from Richmond Hill

Caine Monroy
Caine Monroy created a cardboard arcade in his father's shop that raises funds
to foster creativity and entrepreneurship.
by David Kelly

Hannah Taylor
Hannah Taylor started the Ladybug Foundation to help the homeless in her community.
Jeneece Edroff
who raises money to help children with serious illnesses.
by Ally from Victoria

Malala
Malala speaks out for the rights of girls to have an education.
by Jane Wallace

Ruby Nell Bridges
Ruby Bridges bravely led the way to desegregation of school as a child.
by Madison from Maine

Skye Malik
Skye Malik founded the Paco Project to empower those who are dyslexic.
by Sue Glader

Vivienne Harr
Vivienne Harr founded Make a Stand Lemon-aid to raise fund for organizations that fight child slavery.
by Sue Glader

Community
Ablaye
is a talented artist with an ambitious career planned, despite his physical disability.
by Cheikh Darou Seck

Art Miles Mural Project
Art Miles Mural Project uses art to create a more peaceful global community.
by Kevin Metz

Brandon Keefe
Brandon Keefe provided books to underfunded libraries in his hometown.
by Jerrilyn Jacobs

Budi and Peggy Soehardi
Roslin Orphanage

Budi and Peggy Soehardi Roslin Orphanage
provides a loving home to care for displaced and orphaned children in East Timor.
by Wendy Jewell and David Kemker

Clotilde Dedecker
Clotilde Dedecker provides educational opportunities for girls in Afghanistan.
Craig Kielburger
Craig Kielburger is an activist for childrens' rights and has founded 'Me to We' and 'Free the Children'.
by Jane Wallace

Efren Penaflorida
Efren Penaflorida helped create Dynamic Teen Company which brings school and books to street children.
by Amanda Molinaro

Erica Fernandez
Erica Fernandez gave a voice to the voiceless and saved her neighborhood.
by Daniel Chavez

Jessie Christopherson
Jessie Christopherson helps the physically and mentally challenged accomplish things
they never thought possible.
by Emily from North Sioux City

Kimmie Weeks:
Youth Action International

Kimmie Weeks survived the war in Liberia and now works to rebuild communities in war-torn countries.
LAbbe Pierre
Abbe Pierre devoted his life to helping the poor and homeless in France.
by Benjamin from France

LuisSoriano Bohorquez
Luis Soriano Bohorquez started the Biblioburro Library in the mountains of Colombia.
by Ryan from San Diego

Nick Vujicic
Nick Vujicic went from a life without limbs to a life without limits.
by Tim from San Diego

Pedal = Sight
tells how a bicycle can change a life.
by Amanda Molinaro

Ralf Hotchkiss
Ralf Hotchkiss is an engineer, inventor and humanitarian, and the founder of Whirlwind Wheelchair International.
Kathy Crockett

Richard Proudfit
Richard Proudfit founded Kids Against Hunger to feed starving children around the world.
by Ben from Eden Prairie

William Kamkwamba
William Kamkwamba designed and built a windmill, at the age of 14, for his family in Malawi, Africa.
by Wendy Jewell

Earthkeeper
Benjamin Kahn
Benjamin Kahn involves school children in regrowing coral to help save damaged reefs in the Red Sea.
by Christina, Caracol, Maddie, and Sophie from Seattle

Chico Mendes
Chico Mendes gave the ultimate sacrifice in defending rainforests.
by Jeff Trussell

Chief Oren Lyons
Chief Oren Lyons is an internationally venerated advocate for preserving biodiversity.
by Aibanrihun Lyngdoh

David T. Suzuki
David T. Suzuki has been teaching the public about the science of environmentalism for many years.
by Anthony from Edmonton

Dr. Shirley McGreal
Dr. Shirley McGreal founded the International Primate Protection League.
by Julian Siminski

Fin Donnelly
Fin Donnelly swims in different rivers to raise awareness for how much pollution we have in our waters.
by Jenny Kim

Jacques Yves Cousteau
Jacques Yves Cousteau was a passionate explorer of the world's oceans and his work continues today.
by David from Boca Raton

Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall is an authority on wild chimpanzees.
by Katelyn from DuBois

Jim and Jamie Dutcher
Jim and Jamie Dutcher are wolf conservationists.
by Sara from Laguna Beach

John Denver
John Denver was an American songwriter/singer and activist for the environment.
Debra from Santa Monica

John Muir
John Muir dedicated his life to preserving wilderness areas for the beauty and peace they bring to our lives.
Josephine from San Diego

John Muir
John Muir has been called "The Greatest Californian," "The Father of our National Parks," and "Protector of the Wilds."
by Harold W. Wood, Jr.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Marjory Stonemand Douglas worked successfully to preserve the Florida Everglades.
by Friends of the Everglades.

Olivia Bouler
Olivia Bouler created 500 paintings of her feathered friends to raise funds for Audubon's bird rescue.
by Betty Bailey

Philippe Cousteau
continues the work of his father, Jacques Cousteau, through Earth Echo International.
by Wendy Jewell

PRETOMA
PRETOMA works to protect ocean resources in Costa Rica.
by Amanda Molinaro

Ric O'Barry
Ric O'Barry works to free captive dolphins around the world.
by David Kemker

Robin Emmons
is an organic farmer who has created a foundation to fight hunger.
by Sydney from Roseville

Smokey Bear
Smokey Bear was created to educate the public about human caused wildfires.
by Calvin from Simpsonville

Surfrider Foundation
Surfrider Foundationis dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches.
by Amanda Molinaro

Tuy Sereivathana
Tuy Sereivathana is a Cambodian environmentalist who solves conflicts between elephants and people.
by the Goldman Foundation Prize Committee

Velma Bronn Johnston
Velma Bronn Johnston (Wild Horse Annie) worked to save the wild mustangs in the United States.
by Samantha from St. Claire

Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, a non-profit organization that plants trees to help restore the desolate ecosystem in Africa.
by Heidi Antocicco

Zander Srodes
and Turtle Talks

Zander Srodes and Turtle Talks has educated over 5,000 students on sea turtles and marine conservation.

Explorer
Alexandrine Tinne
Alexandrine Tinne was a young Dutch explorer in Africa and the first female to attempt to cross the Sahara.
by MY HERO

Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart became the first woman aviator in the world to try to fly around the world, inspiring women in the world
to do things only men had done.
by Brenna from Williamstown

Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to receive an aviator license.
by Jaydah from Brooklyn, New York

Christina Conlee
is an archaeologist who has made discoveries about ancient Peruvian culture.
by Kristen from Mission Viejo

Chuck Yeager
Chuck Yeager was the first man to break the sound barrier.
by Kevin from San Diego

Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone was a great American pioneer and explorer.
by Tim from Waseca, Minnesota

Ellen Ochoa
Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman astronaut.
by Daniel Chavez

Franklin Chang Diaz
Franklin Chang Diaz is a Costa Rican and American veteran of seven Space Shuttle missions.
by Emma Navajas

Guion Bluford
Guion Bluford became the first African-American in space.
by Bobby from Eden Prairie

James Herman Banning
James Herman Banning was an early and daring black aviator.
by Russ from Spokane

Jean Batten
Jean Batten made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand.
by Shelby from Dunedin, New Zealand

Jerrie Mock
Jerrie Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world.
by Shanie from Mission Viejo, California

John Glenn
John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. He has served his country and family with great love and devotion.
by Kathy Crockett

John Wesley Powell
John Wesley Powell was an educated explorer of the American West
by Susannah Abbey for MY HERO

Mae Jemison
Mae Jemison, physician and NASA astronaut, was the first black woman to travel in space
by Christian Walsh

Marco Polo
Marco Polo was a famous Italian explorer to the Far East.
by Jessica from Milwaukee, Minnesota

Matthew Henson
Matthew Henson was a brave African-American Artic explorer, and the co-discoverer of the North Pole.
by Claudia Herrera Hudson

Neil Armstrong
was the first person to walk on the moon.
by Graham from Fredericksburg

Reinhold Messner
Reinhold Messner is an accomplished mountain climber and author.
by Ben from Cordova, Alaska

Roy Chapman Andrews
Roy Chapman Andrews was an explorer, paleontologist and director of the American Museum of Natural History.
by Mary from Dallas, Texas

Sacajawea
Sacajawea helped guide Lewis and Clark across the northwestern United States.
by Lydia Ratna

Sylvia Earle
Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist and an ambassador of the oceans.
by Edward Ortiz

Yuri Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin was the first human being to journey into space.
By Gleb from Victoria

Family
Catherine Malonza
The diagnosis was kidney failure; only one person could save my life - my sister Catherine.
by Keegan Malonza from San Marcos, a college student studying English as a second language

Dick Hoyt
Dick Hoyt is a dedicated Dad who breaks down barriers to his son's disability.
by Jay from Spokane, Washington

Dorothy (Mama Dot) Humbert
inspired her family when she went back to college in her 70s.
by Courtney from Simpsonville

Erika
Erika has cerebral palsy and underwent a back operation to help her walk better.
by Eddie Becker, her father

Irwin
Irwin kept a dream and family bagel business alive.
by Michael from Montreal

Ivan Babak
Ivan Babak is a hardworking immigrant father from Ukraine who helped build a caring and sharing community.
by Lilia from Spokane, Washington

Jennifer Porter
Jennifer Porter is a hero to her daughter, Stephanie, because of the way she humbly cares for her family and others.
by Stephanie from Lindon, Utah

Joneice
Joneice proved to her sister how strong a kid can be.
by Kia

Karla Diane Hurrell
Karla Diane Hurrell has been a mother to at least 153 children and has given so many the chance for a better life.
by Sara from Joplin

Linh Le
Linh Le provides for, protects, and loves his wife and his admiring son, Danny.
by Danny from Newmarket

Malick Seck
Malick Seck is respected by his community and family for his humanitarian works, and his wisdom and dedication.
by Cheikh Seck from Dakar

My Grandfather Pepe
Pepe overcame great obstacles to eventually own his own ranch.
by Maryfer from Mexico

Raja Weksler
Raja Weksler helped her daughter survive in a concentration camp.
by Melissa from Linwood

Rose Marie Thomas
Rose Marie Thomas donated time and effort to combatting childhood catastrophic diseases.
by Joy Wolf

Sadie Dunn
Sadie Dunn is an inspiring role model as a teacher and great-grandmother.
by Jemirio from Roxboro, North Carolina

Stephen Siller: From The Tunnel to the Towers
Stephen Siller was a firefighter who bravely sacrificed his life to save others on 9/11.
by Vincent from Manhasset

Freedom
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was a U.S president who fought for the abolition of slavery while keeping the country united.
by Roger Norton

Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton helped established a thriving U.S. republic with strong moral values.
by Katie from Laguna Beach

Benito Pablo Juarez Garcia
Benito Pablo Juarez Garcia was president of Mexico and is known as Mexico's Abraham Lincoln.
by Bekah from Spokane

Cesar Chavez
Cesar Chavez was an advocate for migrant farm workers.
by Annie from San Diego

Chief Joseph
Chief Joseph led the Nez Perce tribe in an effort to keep its homeland.
by Jennifer Beck

Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu worked to end apartheid in South Africa and encourages forgiveness.
by LaDrea from Raleigh

Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet
Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet is known as the 'Mandela of Cuba' because he bravely defends the rights of Cuban citizens.
by Sergio from Mason

Ella J. Baker
Ella J. Baker was an early and life-long civil rights activist.
by Rebecca from Boca Raton

George Washington
George Washington led the American Revolution and was the first President of the United States.
by Alex from Selden, NY

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman organized the Underground Railroad and helped lead slaves to freedom.
by Nancy Nickerson

Iqbal Masih
Iqbal Masih was a brave advocate for child labor laws in Pakistan.
by Stephanie and Audrey from Forest Hills, Michigan

James Armistead
James Armistead worked with Washington and Lafayette to win the Revolutionary War.
by Daksh from Eden Prairie

Jeremy Glick
Jeremy Glick was a hero of Flight 93 and Emmy's beloved father.
by Emmy Glick

John Adams
John Adams worked as hard for peace for the United States as he did for its independence.
by Wyatt from Fredericksburg

Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi is determined to end child labor practices around the world.
by Themis from Beirut, Lebanon

Lydia Maria Child
Lydia Maria Child wrote brilliantly to advocate for the abolition of slavery.
by Esther from Virginia

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
Miguel Hidalgo was a beloved leader and martyr to Mexico's independence.
by Karen from Portland

Mohandas K. Gandhi
Mohandas K. Gandhi led India to freedom through nonviolent means.
by Vikal from Flushing

Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks stood up against racism and stood up for herself.
by Francisca Stewart a 4th/5th grader from California

Ruby Nell Bridges
Ruby Bridges bravely led the way to desegregation of schools as a child.
Olivia from Glenbrook, Massachusetts

Susie King Taylor
Susie King Taylor was a pioneer in the struggle for African American women's rights.
by Heather from Gilbert, Arizona

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill was one of the first to recognize and warn others of Hitler's danger to freedom and human rights.
by Riley McMahon

Health
Andrea Coleman
Andrea Coleman has used her passion for motorcycling to transform healthcare delivery in rural parts of Africa.
by Anthea Milnes from Oxford

Bernard Fantus
Bernard Fantus created the world's first blood bank.
by Rebecca Miller

Clara Barton
Clara Barton taught others how to save more lives of the patients in hospitals.
by Esha from Granite Bay

Dr. Michael DeBakey
Dr. Michael DeBakey is the father of modern open-heart surgery.
by David Kemker

Dr. Paul Farmer
Dr. Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to treating people in the poorest nations in the world.
by Joyce from San Diego

Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows saved the eysight of thousands of Aboriginal and poor people.
by Nicola from Outram, New Zealand

Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas is a champion for children at St. Jude and around the world.
Ryan from Los Angeles

Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières won the Nobel Peace Prize for working under fire to save lives.
by Josh from Millbrook

Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates is passionate about helping mothers and children in developing nations.
by Wendy Jewell

Oumoul Khary Sow
Oumoul Khary Sow founded the Caravan of Hope which travels to remote areas in Senegal to help prevent malaria.
by Mame Fatou from Dakar, Senegal

Sabriye Tenberken
helps to educate and better the lives of blind people living in Tibet.
by Vanessa from Indonesia

Sasa
Sasa a young doctor in Burma keeps his promise to his village.
by Jane Wallace

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin shares her scientific understanding and personal experience of autism to help others.
by Kobie from Riley

Vivien Thomas
pioneered a form of heart surgery for babies and taught a generation of surgeons.
by Vivian from Glenbrook Middle School

Heroes_of_Faith
Abraham
Abraham is considered the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
by Glen Peltz

Corrie Ten Boom
Corrie Ten Boom risked her life to help hundreds of Jews escape during WWII.
by Maddie from Maine USA

David
David of the Old Testament was a loyal servant of God.
by Anthony from Fresno

Esther
Esther inspires us with her courage, determination, and loyalty to her people and her God.
by Sari

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman was called the Moses of her people.
by Hannah from Virginia

Immaculee Ilibagiza
Immaculee Ilibagiza demonstrates the power of forgiveness to bring healing and hope to the people of Rwanda.
by Molly from Spokane, Washington

Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc is a hero to France who inspires people around the world.
by Molly from Vermont

Joseph
Joseph was a servant of God who rose from slavery to be a powerful leader in Egypt.
by Laura Bitterman from The United States of America

Kateri Tekakwitha
Kateri Tekakwitha is a Roman Catholic saint of the Algonquin-Mohawk tribe.
by Marlene from Leawood, Kansas

Pope Francis
Pope Francis loves and cares about humanity in a personal way.
by Wendy Jewell

Regina Jonas
Regina Jonas was the first woman ever to be ordained as a rabbi.
by Ariel from Sycamore Jr High, Ohio

Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis of Assisi was a true example of harmonious existence on Earth.
by Claudia Herrera Hudson

Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha)
Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha) founded Buddhism
by Alina from San Diego

St. Katharine Drexel
St. Katharine Drexel devoted herself to quality of education for all.
by Kristine Shibata from Makawao

Susanna Wesley
Susanna Wesley is known as the Mother of Methodism.
by Abby Coker

William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce was influential in the abolition of the slave trade and of slavery in the British Empire.
by Vickie from Spokane

Lifesaver
1925 Serum Run Participants
ran an astonishing race to save lives.
by Betty Bailey

Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer had a reverence for life.
by Robert B. Hole, Jr.

Ben Carson
Ben Carson is the chief of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
by Dr. Renee Shackelford

Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof is known for his anti-poverty work for Africa and is a Nobel Prize nominee.
by Tanisa from Victoria

Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara
Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara risked their safety to save many Jews during WWII
by Jacob from Fredericksburg

Clara Barton
Clara Barton was known as the 'Angel of the Battlefield.'
by Abbey Baxter Burks

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders gives medical care to people in 70 countries worldwide.
by Nathaniel from Los Angeles

Eddie Aikau
Eddie Aikau loved the sea and often risked his life to save others.
by Jon from Pukalani, Hawaii

Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale revolutionized nursing.
by Gretchen from Vermont

Fridtjof Nansen
Fridtjof Nansen was a daring explorer, a freedom fighter, and a selfless humanitarian.
by Sasha from Fredericksburg

Irena Sendler
Irena Sendler helped Jewish children escape the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust.
by Kelly from Spokane

Jon Rose
Jon Rose is a surfer dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to the world.
by Laylan Connelly

Liviu Librescu
Liviu Librescu was a Virginia Tech teacher who sacrificed his life to save his students.
by Meghan from San Diego

Ryan Hreljac
Ryan Hreljac helps build wells for clean water in Africa.
by Wendy Jewell

Sasa
Sasa is a young doctor in Burma keeps his promise to his village.
by Jane Wallace

Tommie Hamaluba
Tommie Hamaluba is a teacher in Botswana, Africa, working to eradicate malaria.
by Claudia Herrera Hudson

Valdez Family
Valdez Family selflessly reached out to help a family in need.
by Carina from Sultana

Literary
Anne Shirley
Anne Shirley inspires others to overcome their shyness.
by Maria from Agat, Guam

Aragorn
is a hero from The Lord of the Rings
by Anna from Fredericksburg

Atticus Finch
Atticus Finch is the heroic lawyer from Harper Lee's novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
by Jason from Colby

Bilbo Baggins
Bilbo Baggins shows us what courage really means.
by Ruben from Las Vegas

Captain Nemo
Captain Nemo inspired others to explore and study the sea.
by Geeta Malick

Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown is a favorite character from the comic strip Peanuts.
by Becky from Cupertino High School, California

Charlotte A. Cavatica
Charlotte A. Cavatica, beloved character in the book Charlotte's Web, is a true friend to Wilbur the Pig.
by Amy Mack from South Dakota

Frodo Baggins
Frodo Baggins saves Middle Earth in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
by Elizabeth Lozowski from Warsaw, Ohio

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger.
Harry Potter's characters will forever be in our treasure trove of children's stories.
by Kaiti from Cincinnati

Hua Mulan
Hua Mulan showed filial obedience towards her father, made a contribution to her country and was brave.
by Lydia from Newmarket

Princess Leia Organa Solo
Princess Leia Organa Solo was resourceful, honorable, compassionate and brave.
by Hannah from Fredericksburg

Samwise Gamgee
Samwise Gamgee is Frodo's best friend and helper in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
by Kaylie from Beavercreek, Oregon

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes used deductive reasoning in the solving of crimes which inspires crime solvers even today.
by Serena from Miami Beach

Woodrow Prater
Woodrow Prater is the hero in Belle Prater's Boy, a story that celebrates true friendship and kindness.
by Anabelle from California

Musician
Alexander Borodin
Alexander Borodin was an accomplished chemist, composer and staunch advocate of women's rights.
by Rebecca Miller

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan has been a trailblazer for popular music for five decades.
by Jonah Cohen

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is an American singer and songwriter who gives generously to local communities.
by Wendy Jewell

Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald was a beloved songstress who used her success to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.
by Julie from Selden

Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson is a musician who encourages kids to take care of the environment
by Lathan from Riley.

Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong
Louis Armstrong is one of the most successful and influential jazz musicians in history.
by Yusuke from San Diego

Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ludwig Van Beethoven was one of the best classical composers of all time.
by Stephanie from New Haven

Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson was a celebrated opera singer who also worked for human rights.
by Elizabeth

Paul Hewson (Bono)
Paul Hewson is a musician, family man and humanitarian.
by Kayla from Sydney, Canada

Scott Joplin
Scott Joplin composed operatic and ragtime music and influenced early jazz.
by Adam from Center Valley

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is a musician who has overcome great obstacles to inspire us all.
by Lauren

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential classical music composer.
by Rizaldy from Jakarta

Mythological
Jason and the Argonauts
Jason and the Argonauts were a crew of brave Greek Mythological heroes.
by Claudia Herrera Hudson

Peacemaker
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln ed with wisdom, humility, selflessness and generosity of spirit as 16th President of the US.
by Ha Ram from San Diego

Amy Biehl
Amy Biehl gave her life to ending apartheid in South Africa.
by Sierra from Riley

Andrei Sakharov
Andrei Sakharov was a Russian Nobel Peace Prize winner devoted to justice and human rights.
by Nate from Fredericksburg

Archbishop Oscar Romero
Archbishop Oscar Romero was a passionate voice of hope, peace and justice in war-torn El Salvador.
by Natalie from San Francisco

Azim Khamisa
Azim Khamisa founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation to encourage forgiveness.
by Monica Olson

Corbin Harney
Corbin Harney has spread a message of peace throughout the world.
Dan Eldon
Dan Eldon inspired Kathy Eldon with his art, his poetry and his life.
by Wendy Jewell

Dr. Jeni Stepanek
Dr. Jeni Stepanek is interviewed by MY HERO's Slater Jewell-Kemker.
Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor and author, whose work spreads a message of peace.
by Mindy from Alpine

Jason Crowe
Jason Crowe was a peace activist who was given the Global Peace and Tolerance Award
in a ceremony at the United Nations.
by Wendy Jewell

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence through peaceful means.
by Elisa from Villeurbanne, France

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that love, not violence, was the most powerful weapon.
by Nick Campbell from Juneau, Alaska

Mohamed Sidibay
Mohamed Sidibay speaks out to give a name and a face behind the stories of child soldiers.
by Annie Merkley

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to abolishing apartheid and establishing a democracy in South Africa.
by Sahil from San Diego

Peace Pilgrim
Peace Pilgrim walked over 25,000 miles for peace.
by Shiloh from Alaska

Sarah Winnemucca
Sarah Winnemucca was an advocate for Paiute rights and the first Native American woman to publish a book.
by Isabelle from Wallingford

Solon
laid the groundwork for democracy in Athens in 594 BCE which guided future democratic nations.
by Vincent from Cedar Grove

The 14th Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama is the religious leader of Tibet and an emblem of Tibet's hopes for peace and freedom.
by Catherine from Villeurbanne, France

Philosopher
Aristotle
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher who is the founder of the study of logic.
by Maria from Jakarta

Benjamin Franklin
was a scientist, inventor, visionary, statesman and philosopher.
by Boris from Los Angeles

Confucius
Confucius was a religious philosopher of ancient China.
by Aaron from San Diego

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe was a writer and poet who explored psychology and science in his works.
by Amanda from San Diego, California

Plato
Plato was a great thinker, philosopher, teacher and advocate for human rights.
by Ethan from Colorado

Pythagoras
Pythagoras was a Greek philosopher whose work in math and music laid the groundwork for us today.
by Yuma from Texas

Socrates
Socrates is an important founder of Western philosophy.
by Kayla from Marathon

Voltaire
Voltaire is considered France's greatest writer and philosopher.
by Thomas from Villeurbanne, France

Will Rogers
Will Rogers was a beloved American humorist and humanitarian.
by Rebecca Miller

Poet
Alexander Pushkin
Alexander Pushkin was a Russian poet who is beloved around the world.
by Jerrilyn Jacobs

Anna Akhmatova
Anna Akhmatova is considered one of Russia's best poets.
by Jerrilyn Jacobs

Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edna St. Vincent Millay was a popular and critically acclaimed poet.
Tina from Montvale

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was a popular and critically acclaimed poet.
by Cassie from Herrin

Emma Lazarus
Emma Lazarus was an advocate for the rights of immigrants and wrote the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.
by Tuli from Springfield

Francis Scott Key
Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner and was a champion of Native Americans.
by Jonathan from Wallingford

Homer
Homer is the author of the Illiad and the Odyssey and the greatest ancient Greek epic poet.
by Rory from Fredericksburg

Khwajeh Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi
is a renowned Iranian poet.
by Atiyeh from Tehran

Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes was nicknamed the Poet Laureate of Harlem.
by Jeff Trussell

Li Bai
Li Bai is often referred to as the 'God of Poets' in China.
by Sukey from Flushing

Mattie Stepanek
Mattie Stepanek began writing poems at the age of three. His words and messages of hope and peace have
inspired people all over the world.
story by Jim Hawkins from Children's Hospice International and My Hero staff

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is a beloved author and poet.
by Susannah Abbey

Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda is the most widely read Latin-American poet.
by Claudia Herrera Hudson

Phillis Wheatley
Phillis Wheatley was the first distinguished African American poet.

Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein was a poet, playwright, lyricist and good friend.

Theodor Seuss (Dr. Seuss) Geisel
Dr. Seuss was an artist, poet and philosopher for the child in all of us.
by Daniel from Sulphur

Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman found ways to bring his poetry and knowledge to common people.
by Austin from Boca Raton

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare influences literature, poetry and the English language even today.
by Levi from Vancouver

Science
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein believed in the power of imagination.
by Richard V. Duffy for MY HERO

Ameen Abdulrasool
Ameen Abdulrasool is a young inventor who developed a portable navigation system for the blind.
by David Kemker

Andrea Mia Ghez
Andrea Mia Ghez is an astrophysicist best known for her discoveries about the black hole
at the center of our galaxy.
by Jennifer Lauren Lee

Archimedes of Syracuse
Archimedes of Syracuse was an early Greek mathematician, astronomer and inventor.
by Joey from Greendale

Augusta Ada Byron
Augusta Ada Byron developed the world's first computer program while struggling
with her own personal hardships.
by Edward Ortiz

Carlos Juan Finlay
Carlos Juan Finlay was a Cuban scientist who discovered the cause of yellow fever.
by Emma Navajas

Clifford V. Johnson
Clifford V. Johnson is a string theorist who studies the makeup of the smallest particles of the universe.
by Jennifer Lauren Lee

Cristina Diaz
Cristina Diaz studies intertidal and tropical sponges.
by Sea Studios Foundation

Dr. France Cordova
Dr. France Cordova is a renowned astrophysicist who has broken gender and cultural barriers.
by Barbara Field

Dr. Kristi Curry-Rogers
is an accomplished paleontologist who travels the globe in search of dinosaur digs.
by Wendy Jewell

Fabiola Gianotti
Fabiola Gianotti is an Italian particle physicist.
by Wendy Jewell

Galileo Galilei
Galileo was the first to use a telescope to observe the stars and planets.
by Patricia from Spokane

Gertrude B. Elion
Gertrude B. Elion developed the AIDS drug, AZT.
by Susannah Abbey

Grace Murray Hopper
Grace Murray Hopper was a computer visionary and naval officer.
by Edward Ortiz.

Gwynne Rowley Shotwell
is the president of SpaceX, the company that made the Dragon space craft.
by Torrey Levin-Russell

Hazel Barton
Hazel Barton combines her passion for caving with researching microbes.
by Marc Airhart for Earth and Sky

Jack Andraka
Jack Andraka successfully developed a cancer detection device at age fifteen.
by Hannah from Riley

Katherine Johnson
Katherine Johnson is an African American mathematician
who helped NASA successfully send a man to the moon.
by Kyra from Ankara, Turkey

Lene Vestergaard Hau
is a Danish physicist at Harvard who was able to stop a beam of light.
by Nico from Mission Viejo

Madame Curie
Marie Curie discovered radium, invented the first mobile x-ray machine
and was the first woman
to receive the Nobel Prize for science.
by Robert B. Hole, Jr. and Allison a sixth grader from Connecticut

Merieme Chadid
Merieme Chadid is an astronomer from Morocco.
by Rebecca Miller

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, cosmologist and science communicator.
by Darin from Hawesville

Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla was the father of many modern inventions.
by Carlos Adrian from Tampico, Mexico

Philo T. Farnsworth
Philo T. Farnsworth drew his idea for a television on a blackboard in high school when he was fourteen.
by Dave from Santa Monica, California

Rosalind Elsie Franklin
provided important work that led to the discovery of the DNA double helix.
by Tiffany from St. Clair

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin is a professor, doctor of animal science and an autism activist.
by Camille from San Diego

Wilson Bentley
Wilson Bentley was the first person to photograph a single snowflake.
by Mariae from Vermont

Sports
Adaptive Action Sports
Since 2000, the USASA has provided opportunities for adaptive athletes to compete in snowboarding competitions.
by Amanda Molinaro

Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols is a great ballplayer and a great advocate of children with Down's Syndrome.
by Travis from Roxboro, North Carolina

Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson broke the color barrier in professional tennis.
by Tori from Peach Tree

Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton survived a shark attack and inspired the world.
by Carisa from San Diego

C. Vivian Stringer
C. Vivian Stringer despite great challenges, pursued her passion for basketball and is known
for turning women into champions.
by Cathy Crockett

Clara Hughes
is a Canadian gold medal winner in the summer and winter games.
Haley from Climax, Canada

Duke Kahanamoku
Duke Kahanamoku was an Olympic gold medalist and 'Father of Surfing'
by Jordan from San Diego

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah rode a bike across Ghana to challenge the stigma of being disabled.
by Alyssa from Sycamore Junior High

Fauja Singh
is an inspiring British centenarian marathon runner (the Turbaned Tornado) who only recently retired.
by Ishwinder Kaur Battoo from San Diego

Hank Aaron
is a legendary baseball player who inspires us with his record and his character.
by Kate from Horicon

Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball.
by Brandon from Selden, New York

Jacques Plante
Jacques Plante was a hocky player who invented the goalie mask.
by Austin from Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada

Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens was no footnote, but a legend, who was a graceful winner,
and changed the hearts and minds of many.
by Isabel from Riley

Jim Abbott
became a professional baseball pitcher, despite having only one hand.
By R.J. from San Diego

Johann Olav Koss
Johann Olav Koss is a Norwegian Olympian who founded Right to Play.
by Wendy Jewell

Mariel (Mia) Margaret Hamm
Mia Hamm has inspired the next generation of women athletes with her talent, her mentoring
and her humanitarian work.
by Nia from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Olaf Kolzig
Olaf Kolzig is a hockey legend who founded Athletes Against Autism.
by Matt from Fredericksburg

Pele
Pelé has been titled the best soccer player ever and is also an advocate of the poor.
by Landon from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Roberto Clemente
Roberto Clemente was a baseball great and a selfless humanitarian.
by David from Spokane, Washington

Team Refugee
Team Refugee represents the first Olympic team made up of athletes from different countries.
by Rachell from Riley

Wilma Rudolph
Wilma Rudolph overcame a debilitating childhood illness and went on to become the first African-American woman
to win 3 gold medals in a single Olympics.
by MY HERO staff and students' entries from the Guestbook

Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra is known for his brilliant career, his wit and his kindness.
by Jacoby from Riley

Teacher
Annie Mansfield Sullivan Macy
Annie Sullivan was the outstanding teacher of Helen Keller.
by Sarah from Montvale

Anusia Kaczorkiewicz
Anusia Kaczorkiewicz commutes to remote schools in Argentina to bring students the world.
by Annie Merkley

Bill Belsey
Bill Belsey is a teacher with a mission to stop bullying.
by Jesse from Calgary, Canada

Cheikh Darou Seck
Cheikh Darou Seck is an English teacher in Senegal who inspires his students to become MY HERO reporters.
by Seny from Dakar

Christa Mc Auliffe
She is the first teacher to fly in space. Her goal as the first teacher in space was to "humanize the Space Age by giving a perspective from a non-Astronaut."
por Susannah Abbey

Erin Gruwell
Erin Gruwell is the founder of Freedom Writers and an inspiration to teachers and students around the world.
by Annie Merkely

Louis Braille
Louis Braille invented a system of writing and reading used by blind people all over the world.
by Brett from San Diego

Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori developed a new approach to education.
by Brickton Montessori School

Ranald MacDonald
Ranald MacDonald was a Native American/Scot wayfarer who helped open up Japan to the West.
by Kelley from Spokane

Razia Jan
founded Razia's Ray of Hope to improve the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan.
by Brynn from Connecticut

Rowena Gerber
Rowena Gerber and her students raise money to send Solar Ovens around the world.
by Wendy Jewell

Ruty Hotzen
Ruty Hotzen inspires students from around the world through Talking Kites, iEARN.
by Reverend Charles F. Harper

Viola Vaughn
Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa
by Brande from Spokane

Women
Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams is considered one of the most influential women in American history.
by Madeline from Evergreen

Aletta Jacobs
Aletta Jacobs was a Dutch doctor, a feminist, a pacifist, and a human rights activist,
by Claudia Hudson

Annie Glenn
Annie Glenn, wife of astronaut John Glenn, is an inspiration for people with disabilities.
by Olivia from Manhattan, Kansas

Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi has dedicated her life to freeing Burma and creating democracy without violence.
by Kayla Paraoan from San Diego, California

Bernice Pauahi Bishop
Bernice Pauahi Bishop turned down the royal throne to focus on serving and protecting the Hawaiian people.
by Tia from Pukalani, Hawaii

Dorothea Lynde Dix
Dorothea Lynde Dix was an advocate for the rights of the mentally ill.
by Sean from Connecticut

Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu
Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu was the first woman pilot in Romania.
by Andreea Minzat from Dej, Romania

Elizabeth Blackwell
Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female doctor and opened the first medical school for women.
by Tahrin and Brooke

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a pioneer in the movement for women's rights.
by Kerri from Fredericksburg

Ellen Church
Ellen Church pioneered the idea of having flight attendants on flights.
by Charlotte from Fredericksburg

Emily Murphy
Emily Murphy was a key figure in the women's rights movement in Canada.
by Maeve from Petersborough

Farkhonda Hassan
Farkhonda Hassan is an Egyptian politician, scientist, professor, and women's rights activist.

Jane Addams
Jane Addams was a leading reformist and peace advocate.
by April from San Diego

Katherine Sheppard
Katherine Sheppard is New Zealand's most famous suffragette
by Kelly from San Diego

Liliuokalani
Liliuokalani was a Hawaiian queen who cared for her people first.
by Brittney from San Diego, California

Lucy Stone
Lucy Stone was a pioneer for womens rights.
by Jacqueline from Ventura

Margaret (Molly) Brown
Margaret (the Unsinkable Molly) Brown suvived the sinking of the Titanic
and went on to save the lives of others throughout her life.
by Karen from Billings

Maria Bashir
Maria Bashir is an Afghani prosecutor and advocate for women.
by Mena from San Diego

Mary Church Terrell
was an early African American civil rights leader and educator.
By Helen from Roseville

Mary Edwards Walker
Mary Edwards Walker was the first and only woman to receive the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor.
by Jennifer Beck

Nellie McClung
Nellie McClung was one of the Famous Five who gained Canadian recognition
for recognizing women as persons.
by Katherine from Drayton Valley, Alberta

Queen Rania of Jordan
Queen Rania of Jordan is a crusader for the rights of women and children.
by Claudia Hudson

Raden Adjeng Kartini
Raden Adjeng Kartini championed education and civil rights for women in Indonesia.
by Trisha from Spokane

Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth born into slavery, worked for the freedom of all.
by Nancy Nickerson

Sonia Sotomayor
is the first Hispanic US Supreme Court Justice..
by Daniel Chavez

Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
Sor Juana de la Cruz was scholar, writer, nun and early feminist.
by Eric from Port Royal

Valentina Tereshkova
Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman and first civilian to fly in space.
by Alina from Novosibirsk, Russia

Victoria Woodhull
Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the U.S.
by Barbara Goldsmith.

Women Heroes of the Early West
Women Heroes of the Early West were strong, valiant women who broke social constraints.
by Sherie Schmauder

Writer
Anne Frank
Anne Frank has been called the "human face of the Holocaust." Her diary lives on forever.
by Jessica

C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis wrote the Chronicle of Narnia Series.
by Dana from Laguna Beach

Charles Huffam Dickens
Charles Dickens was an English novelist of the 19th century whose work showed great sympathy for the poor.
by Alex Becker

Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss wrote many wonderful children's books.
by Tina, a teenager

Elizabeth Jane Cochrane
(Nellie Bly)

Elizabeth Jane Cochrane was a well known female reporter at the turn of the century.
by Penelope

Gene Roddenberry
Gene Roddenberry was a screenwriter and the producer of Star Trek.
by Justin

Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen is best known for fairy tales that explore human nature and speak to people of all places and times.
Alecsander from San Diego, California

Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin to expose the injustice and inhumanity of slavery.
by Tara from Connecticut

Helen Keller
Helen Keller, although blind and deaf, became an accomplished writer and passionate advocate of the disabled.
by Katie from San Diego

James Herriot
James Herriot recorded his veterinary adventures and his books have been an inspiration to animal lovers
(and future veterinarians) everywhere.
by Sarah Cowan a fifth grade student from California

Jane Austen
Jane Austen was an English novelist who wrote perceptive, witty observations on human nature.
Madeline from Manhattan

JK Rowling
J.K. Rowling is the writer of the Harry Potter books and has inspired children around the world to read.
Rachael from Fredericksburg

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien was a professor, scholar and writer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
by Austin from San Diego

Jules Verne
Jules Verne was a science fiction writer and some of his imaginary inventions were created later in his lifetime.
by Matthew Goldstone a 4th/5th grade student from California

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder offers young readers a glimpse of American life in the 1800s.
by Susannah Abbey

Mark Twain
Mark Twain was a prolific author and beloved American humorist.
by David Ginsburg

Pearl S. Buck
Pearl S. Buck was a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer
who founded the first international, inter-racial adoption agency.
by MY HERO

Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury reached out across time and space to touch readers.
by Christian Walsh for MY HERO

Rose Wilder Lane
Rose Wilder Lanewas a prolific author who helped her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder,
become an accomplished writer.
by Julianne from Glenbrook Middle School

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a favorite writer around the world.
by Xavier from France

Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett is a celebrated and imaginative writer.
by Andrew from Victoria

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare wrote plays & poetry
that continue to have a lasting effect on readers all over the world.
by Amanda from Fredericksburg, Virginia



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