Written by LISA KING
Illustrated by COLLEEN MADDEN


Help Kids Discover Their Own Inner Hero

We often teach children that heroes are famous because of something they did, but it’s just as important to teach them that heroes are remembered for who they are. In Be Your Own Hero, Lisa King reveals what it takes to be a real-life hero. And it has a whole lot more to do with character and kindness than anything else! Being a hero takes having the courage to believe in yourself, overcome obstacles, and make the world a better—and brighter—place for everyone around you. And the good news is, we all can do that!

It’s Hero Week at school, and Quinn Wilson can hardly contain her excitement! Each day, her class will meet a real-life hero, and on Friday they get to dress up as their favorite hero from the past or present. Every other kid in the class knows who they want to be, except for Quinn! There are so many heroes she looks up to! How can she choose just one?

But when Quinn’s teacher, Mr. Finley, teaches the class some important truths about heroes, Quinn discovers something unexpected. In her search to find a hero in someone else, she actually finds the hero in herself!


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Want to dive deeper?

Check out the Be Your Own Hero Resource Bundle that allows you to take the explore the lessons taught in the picture book further. The downloadable Resource Bundle includes:

  • Who is Your Hero? Worksheet
  • Be Your Own Hero Worksheet
  • Draw and Color Your Own Hero Prompt
  • I Am My Own Hero Collage Craftivity
  • The Hero I Want to Be Letter
  • Famous Failures Crossword
  • Roll & Respond Game
  • Posters inspired by the book
  • Coloring Pages inspired by the book
King, Lisa

Meet the Author


Lisa has worked with students developing and using innovative practices as a school counselor for 20 years. She has won numerous awards in her district and presented her programs at local, state and national conferences. Lisa has authored six books including her latest book, Integrating Growth Mindset: Strategies and Scripts for Bringing Growth Mindset to Your Learning Community, a follow up to Mindset Matters: A Counseling Curriculum to Help Students Understand how to Help Themselves Succeed with a Growth Mindset (2016). Other books of hers include, Making the Link (2005), Academic Advisement Program (2006), Teaching Career Essentials (2015) and How to Create A College Day (2016). Lisa attended Tufts University for her undergraduate degree and Georgia State University for her graduate degrees. She lives in Marietta, GA (Atlanta suburb) with her husband and daughter.

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