Courageous People who Have Helped to Change our World


A hero can take many forms.

A hero can be the police officer who runs towards danger instead of away from it.

A hero can be the teacher who stays late to help a struggling student.

A hero can be the stranger who stops to help the stranded motorist alongside the road.

A hero can be the high schooler who shovels his elderly neighbor’s sidewalk without being asked.

A hero can also be someone who offered a smile and kind word to a person who was truly struggling to get through the day.

Heroes are also those people who have stood up to discrimination, invented something that makes life easier, found a cure that saves lives, or have blazed the trail for others to follow. During a time when the world sure could use more heroes, let’s celebrate the Courageous People who Have Helped to Change our World with these booklists and resources.

Biographies of Diverse Heroes

Leanna at All Done Monkey has a great list of Inspiring Biographies of Diverse Heroes.

Inspiring Biographies of Diverse Heroes

Vicki from Babies to Bookworms has a wonderful booklist that showcases Inspirational People in History that our kids need to know about.


Mia Wenjen from Pragmaticmom doesn’t disappoint with her list of 10 Diversity Picture Books about Unsung Heroes as part of her 100 Diverse Picture Books collection

Sometimes the heroes of our past are not names many are familiar with. Storyteller and creator of the Dorktales Storytime Podcast created a series called Hidden Heroes in History that includes an entertaining retelling of the life and accomplishments of these IBPOC heroes.

Dorktales Storytime Podcast EP8: Louis Armstrong
Hidden Heroes of History
By Molly Murphy


Dorktales Storytime Podcast EP5: Mary Golda Ross
Hidden Heroes of History
By Molly Murphy

Mary Golda Ross

COMING SOON! Dorktales Storytime Podcast EP11: Tenzing Norgay Hidden Heroes of History

Dorktales Storytime Podcast

You may recognize Jonathan from his work with his mom, Jodi, from Geek Club Books and Zoom Autism Magazine. His new podcast for kids, Dorktales Storytime Podcast, showcases his career as a successful voice actor who also happens to be on the spectrum. Get the full scoop on Jonathan and Dorktales Storytime in this Multicultural Children’s Book Day Guest Post.

What heroes in history do you admire?

Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 8th annual celebration will take place on January 29, 2021. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.

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