Listen and Read Along: Stories with Text and Audio

English Language Learners can listen to MY HERO's inspiring stories to further their English language proficiency and learn about international heroes at the same time. Students listen and read along to the hero stories included in this resource.

Listen and Read Along
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 Collections of Listen and Read Along Stories About Heroes from Around the Globe

Stories Categories: Youth Heroes, Scientist Heroes, Environmental Heroes, Heroes in the Arts, Heroes Working for Peace, Heroes from the Holocaust, and Heroes Working on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 


Listen and Read Along Stories About Youth Who Have Made a Difference

Austin Gutwein

By: Lindsey from Palmer, Massachusetts
Austin Gutwein founded Hoops of Hope.

Jeneece Edroff

By: Ally from Victoria
Jeneece Edroff is a determined fundraiser who raises money to help children with serious illnesses.

Hannah Taylor

Hannah created the Ladybug Foundation to help end homelessness.

Erica Fernandez

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

Bilaal Rajan

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

Olivia Bouler

By: Betty Bailey

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

Ryan Hreljac

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

Ruby Nell Bridges

By: Madison
One of the most important heroes in the fight against segregation in America was a six-year-old girl, Ruby Nell Bridges.


By: Kia
Joneice proved how strong a young girl can be to her sister, Kia.

Listen and Read Along Stories about Peace Heroes and Their Missions

Ron Kovic

By: Anabelle Vo

Ron Kovic has devoted his life to fighting for peace and nonviolence.

Dan Eldon

By: Wendy Jewell

Dan Eldon inspired Kathy Eldon with his art, his poetry and his life.

Amy Biehl

By: Sierra from Riley

Amy Biehl was a young woman who gave her life to stop apartheid in South Africa.

Dr. Jeni Stepanek

By: Slater Jewell-Kemker

Dr. Jeni Stepanek is interviewed by MY HERO's Slater Jewell-Kemker.

The Dalai Lama

By: Davis from San Francisco
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." The Dalai Lama

Marianne Williamson

By: Wendy Jewell from The MY HERO Project
Marianne Williamson is the founder of the Department of Peace Campaign.

Azim Khamisa

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

Abdul Sattar Edhi

By: Miryam from Copenhagen, Denmark
Abdul Sattar Edhi founded Edhi International Foundation, and has been called the greatest living humanitarian in the world.

William Wilberforce

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

Desmond Tutu

By: Jill from Spokane

Listen and Read Along Stories About Earthkeeper Heroes 

Adarsha Shivakumar and Apoorva Rangan Project Jatropha

By: David Kemker from The MY HERO Project

Adarsha Shivakumar and Apoorva Rangan Project Jatropha started the nonprofit Project Jatropha which is an alternative to fossil fuel.

Chief Oren Lyons

By: Aibanrihun Lyngdoh

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

Dr. Shirley McGreal

By: Julian Siminski

Dr. Shirley McGreal founded the International Primate Protection League.

Chico Mendes

By: Jeff Trussell

Chico Mendes died a martyr defending the rainforests.

David T. Suzuki

By: Anthony from Edmonton

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

Fin Donnelly

By: Jenny Kim

Fin Donnelly works to keep our rivers and waters clean.

Harrison Ford

By: BT from San Diego

Harrison Ford is an actor, humanitarian and ardent conservationist.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher

By: Sarah from Laguna Beach

Jim and Jamie Dutcher are wolf conservationists.

John Denver

By: Debra from Santa Monica

John Denver was an American songwriter/singer and activist for the environment.

John Muir

By: Harold W. Wood, Jr.

John Muir advocated preservation, feeling that natural areas promote mental health.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

By: "Friends of the Everglades"<br><h5>Permission to use this material was grant...

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was instrumental in preserving the Florida Everglades.

Mika Vanhanen

By: Wendy Jewell from The My Hero Project

Mika Vanhanen is the founder and director of Environment Online, a global virtual school for sustainable development

Philippe Cousteau

By: Wendy Jewell

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

Earthkeeper Hero: Pretoma by Amanda Molinaro

By: Amanda Molinaro from Irvine

PRETOMA works to protect ocean resources in Costa Rica.

Rachel Carson

By: Wendy Jewell

Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, was the mother of the environmental movement.

Robin Emmons

By: Sydney from Roseville

Robin Emmons is an organic farmer who has created a foundation to fight hunger.

Surfrider Foundation

By: Amanda Molinaro from Irvine

Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches.

Tuy Sereivathana

By: Used with permission from<br><a href="http://www.goldmanprize.org/2010/asia"...

Tuy Sereivathana is a Cambodian environmentalist who solves conflicts between elephants and people.

Jack Johnson

By: Alex from San Diego

Jack Johnson is a musician who encourages kids to take care of the environment.

Jane Goodall

By: Katelyn from DuBois

"My mission is to create a world where we can live in harmony with nature." J. Goodall

Listen and Read Along Stories about Scientist Heroes 

Augusta Ada Byron Lovelace

By: Edward Ortiz

Augusta Ada Byron Lovelace developed the world's first computer program while struggling with her own personal hardships. (12/10/1815)

David D. Ho

By: Jonathan

David D. Ho discovered a successful way to treat people with AIDS.

Fabiola Gianotti

By: Wendy Jewell from The MY HERO Project

Fabiola Gianotti is an Italian particle physicist.

Franklin Chang Diaz

By: Emma Navajas

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

Gwynne Rowley Shotwell

By: Torrey Levin-Russell

Gwynne Rowley Shotwell is the president of SpaceX, the company that made the Dragon space craft.

Gustave Eiffel

By: Jimmy from France

Gustave Eiffel was the French engineer who built the Eiffel Tower.

Katherine Johnson

By: Kyra from Ankara, Turkey

Her story was hidden for decades: Katherine Johnson plotted multiple flight courses for NASA, including the Apollo 11 spacecraft, the first spaceship to reach the moon.

Madame Curie

By: Robert B. Hole, Jr.

Madame Curie received the Nobel Prize for her discovery of Radium.

Alan Turing

By: Edward Ortiz

Alan Turing was a brilliant scientist and mathematician who laid the theoretical groundwork for the first computer.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

By: Daren from Hawesville

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, cosmologist and science communicator.

Rosalind Picard

By: Wendy Jewell from The MY HERO Project

Rosalind Picard is internationally known as a leader in envisioning and creating innovative technology.

Albert Baez

By: Emma Navajas

Albert Baez was a prominent Mexican American physicist and pacifist.

Alice Catherine Evans

By: Jabari from Las Vegas

Andrea Mia Ghez

By: Jennifer Lauren Lee

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

Archimedes of Syracuse

By: Joey from Greendale

Archimedes of Syracuse was an early Greek mathematician, astronomer and inventor.

Carlos Juan Finlay

By: Emma Navajas

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

Cristina Diaz: Biologist

By: Sea Studios Foundation <h5>Permission to use this material was granted by th...

Cristina Diaz: Biologist studies intertidal and tropical sponges.

Dr. France Cordova

By: Barbara Field

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

Rosalind Elsie Franklin

By: Tiffany from St. Clair

Edwin Hubble

By: Ailani from San Diego

Merieme Chadid

By: Rebecca Miller

Merieme Chadid is an astronomer from Morocco who did research at the South Pole.

Jack St. Clair Kilby

By: Edward Ortiz

Jack St. Clair Kilby was an electrical engineer and inventor and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. (11/8/1923)

George Washington Carver

By: Christian from Las Vegas

George Washington Carver was born an African American slave but became a renowned scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor.

Galileo Galilei

By: Patricia from Spokane

Galileo Galilei was an astronomer and inventor, the first to use a telescope to observe the stars and planets. (b. Feb 15, 1564)

Lene Vestergaard Hau

By: Nico from Mission Viejo

Lene Vestergaard Hau is a Danish physicist at Harvard who was able to stop a beam of light.

Gertrude B. Elion

By: Susannah Abbey

Gertrude B. Elion developed the AIDS drug, AZT.

Listen and Read Along Stories About Heroes in the Arts

Maria Tallchief

By: Rebecca Miller
Maria Tallchief was the first prima ballerina and Native American in the United States.

Maya Angelou

By: Mayandra from San Diego
"How important is it for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" (Maya Angelou)

Ella Fitzgerald

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

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley was the first distinguished African-American poet.

Duke Ellington

By: Wynton Marsalis
Duke Ellington inspires Pulitzer Prize-winning musician Wynton Marsalis.

Wynton Marsalis

By: The My Hero Project
Wynton Marsalis is dedicated to passing on the benefits of music education to young people.

Anna Pavlova

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

William Shakespeare

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

Mark Twain

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

Vincent Van Gogh

By: Claudia Hudson
Vincent Van Gogh remains one of the world's most renowned artists.

Dorothea Lange

By: Susannah Abbey
Dorothea Lange captured powerful moments in history with a keen eye for the human condition.

Edmonia Lewis

By: Jerrilyn & Madeline Jacobs
Edmonia Lewis was the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to achieve international recognition as a sculptor.

Additional Listen and Read Along Stories

Anne Frank

By: Jessica from Vermont
Anne Frank was a Holocaust victim and author. She wrote: "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. "

Princess Diana

By: Jeff Trussell
Princess Diana passionately campaigned for victims of AIDS, leprosy, homelessness and against land mines.

Dorothy Height

By: Yajahira from Las Vegas
Dorothy Height was one of the most influential women of the civil rights movement and was important for including women's rights as well as African American rights.

Dolores Huerta

By: Amy from Hillsborough, North Carolina
Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist who worked with Cesar Chavez to found the United Farm Workers (United Farm Workers).


By: Simone from Woodlands
Bearwas presented the 30th National Hero Dog Award.

Additional MY HERO Resources for ESL

MY HERO Science Resources for ESL

By: Laura Nietzer

Curated Multimedia Science Hero Stories that allow students to listen as they read along about Science Heroes. 

UN Sustainable Development Goals Resources for ESL/ELL Students

By: Laura Nietzer

Stories with text and audio allowing students the ability to listen as they read along about activists working towards solutions.

Holocaust Stories that Include Text with Audio for ESL

By: Laura Nietzer

Let us never forget the Holocaust. These stories all have text with an audio link allowing students to listen as they read along.

MY HERO Listen and Read Along Stories
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Organizer created on 8/8/2019 12:36:49 PM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 1/4/2024 11:22:03 AM by Laura Nietzer