Selected Stories Organized by Grade Level

Stories for High School, Middle School and Elementary Students

Selected Stories
Credit: MY HERO

Stories for High School Students

Shomy Hasan Chowdhury

By: Dorothy Lie
Shomy Hasan Chowdhury created the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) organization, for which she received an Diana Award, to combat deadly diarrhea in underserved communities.

Elizabeth Acevedo

By: Deborah Neff
Afro-Latina poet Elizabeth Acevedo writes about her own people for young adult readers and adults alike.

Sahraa Karimi

By: Deborah Neff
Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi speaks out about the future of Afghan cinema and the rights of girls and women as the Taliban takes over the country in August 2021.

Pashtana Durrani

By: Deborah Neff
Pashtana Durrani, who received the Malala Fund Education Champion award for her work on behalf of education for Afghan girls, is determined to continue providing educational opportunities for women and girls, even if she has to resist the Taliban and go underground.

Bryan Stevenson

By: Arthur (Trey) Carlisle
Bryan Stevenson has been recognized across the globe for the work that he has done to address poverty and racial inequality.

Marcus Rashford MBE - Football Hero and Hunger Campaigner

By: Abigail Richardson
Marcus Rashford is an England Premiere League footballer who rose to fame playing for Manchester United and England and more recently for his work with FareShare[i] to help tackle childhood hunger in the UK.

Le Ly Hayslip

By: Claudia Hudson
Le Ly Hayslip is a humanitarian, memoirist, and peacemaker.

Albert Einstein

By: Carter Maciejewski
Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By: John Lewis
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Congressman John Lewis talks about how Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired him as a young man during the Civil Rights Movement

Stories for Middle School/Jr. High Students

Pedal = Sight Armene Modi

By: Amanda Molinaro

Therese Koutnik

By: Sarah from Brookfield, Wisconsin
Therese Koutnik is an inspiration to her sister and a role model for girls who would like to become engineers.

Iqbal Masih

By: Attie from Anmore, Canada

Bryan Stevenson

By: Arthur (Trey) Carlisle
Bryan Stevenson has been recognized across the globe for the work that he has done to address poverty and racial inequality.

William Kamkwamba

By: Dorothy Lie
William Kamkwamba is a Malawian engineer, TED speaker, and memoirist who built his first windmill from junkyard scraps to help his struggling family farm.

Lovey the Lovebird

By: Marcus Fennema
Lovey the Lovebird helped Marcus develop social skills to manage his ADHD and autism.

Stories for Elementary Students

Terry Fox

By: Andy from British Columbia, Canada
Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist who inspired nations through his courage and tenacity.

Molly the Pony

By: Britney

Alexandra Scott

By: Julio Austin Torres

Franko Fabbro

By: Dante Fabbro (since I am only 1 year old, my Nonna wrote the story of my her...

Rosa Parks

By: Francisca Stewart
Rosa Parks made history when she refused to sit in the back of the bus.

Barbara McClintock

By: Stephanie from St. Paul
Barbara McClintock was one of the first female geneticists and received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983.

Stories with Text and Audio so Students Can Listen as They Read Along

Austin Gutwein

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

Olivia Bouler

By: Betty Bailey

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

Chief Oren Lyons

By: Aibanrihun Lyngdoh

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

Mohamed Sidibay

By: Annie Merkley

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

John Muir

By: Harold W. Wood, Jr.

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

The Dalai Lama

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

Rachel Carson

By: Wendy Jewell

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

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.

Rosalind Elsie Franklin

By: Tiffany from St. Clair

Neil deGrasse Tyson

By: Daren from Hawesville

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

Organizer created on 3/8/2022 10:19:47 AM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 3/8/2022 2:12:57 PM by Laura Nietzer