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Title:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.             Author: David Adler

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most inspiring people I've ever heard of.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in 1929.  As you might know, African-American people were treated with less respect in the United States at that time.  Martin's father was always very angry at this conflict since it once happened to Martin and his father at a shoe shop when the store manager told them they had to go to the back of the store and wait, just because of their colour.  When Martin grew up he was a leader of the civil rights movement and spoke an inspiring speech.  When he spoke "I have a dream" people all over the world began saying "I have a dream"!  Martin Luther King won a medal for peace and that's when everyone knew he was a hero.

 Recommended By:  ​Gabriel, Grade 5​


Title:  Meet Elsie MacGill               Author:  Elizabeth MacLeod

Elsie MacGill was a polio survivor.  She was born in Vancouver in 1905.  As a girl, she loved fixing machines and things.  She went to university and became an engineer, which was a big step for a woman at that time.  When she was a young woman, she got polio, but she never gave up, and eventually walked again using a cane.  Later, she became the first woman to design airplanes and especially the Hurricane aircraft for WW11.  Elsie MacGill was so hardworking and resilient.  She even became a comic book hero!

Recommended By:  Aiden, Grade 5


Title:  Wilma Unlimited               Author:  Kathleen Krull

Wilma Rudolph was a brave and inspiring young African-American woman who worked hard to accomplish her goals.  She was born in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1940.  She was a sickly baby and got polio that left her paralyzed.  She tried to hard to get better, and taught herself how to walk again, at first with a brace.  Then one day at church Wilma felt extremely brave and took off her brace.  She was able to walk all by herself!  Eventually Wilma and her mom sent back the brace to the hospital.  Now that she could walk on her own, she could go to school and play with other kids.  When Wilma was in highschool, she led her basketball team to the championships.  The team was doing so well until they lost the final game.  But while they were playing that game, Wilma was spotted by Ed Temple, a Tennessee state track and field coach.  Ed gave her a scholarship to Tennessee State University to be a track and field athlete.  Wilma became the first in her family to attend college and get a great education.  At the Olympics in 1960, Wilma was a relay runner and sprinter.  Wilma won gold on all three of her races.  That's when Wilma was the first woman to win three gold medals!  Also, she was the fastest woman in the world at that time.  This is why Wilma is one of my favourite heros!

Recommended By:  Anata, Grade 5 


Title:  Who Was Marie Curie?       Author:  Megan Stine

Marie Curie was born in Poland on November 7, 1867 in the Sklodowska family.  Being the youngest in her family didn't stop her from being the most curious and eager to learn.  But the times weren't the fairest in 1867 in Poland, because the Russians were invading the country.  Every class was to be taught in Russian instead of Polish!  Even though the Russians had very strict rules, the teachers told Marie and the rest to be proud to be Polish.  After she married and had two beautiful children, Irene and Eve, and won two Nobel Prizes for discovering radium, her discovery started poisoning her.  She got weaker and more frail, and died at the age of 66.  Marie Curie is a great hero to science!

 Recommended By:  Dasha, Grade 5​


Title: The Story of Martin Luther King     Author: Angela Bull

One day there was a young boy named Martin.  He grew up playing with many friends, but one day he went to his friends' house and everything changed.  He knocked on their door and their mother answered but when she opened the door she didn't seem pleased that he was there.  Martin didn't mind and asked if his friends could come out and play.  The mother said no.  Martin was puzzled and asked if the friend was sick.  The mother said no.  The woman sighed and said that the boys couldn't play with him because of the color of his skin!  Martin felt hurt and then went home to ask his mother about it.  His mother asked him if he knew what slavery was, and told him about the history of African-Americans in the United States.  Martin gradually learned about all the unfair laws and spent his life protesting to gain equal rights for all!

Recommended By: Victoria, Grade 5​


Title:  Luba                           Author: Michelle McCann

This true story describes a real life hero.  Luba was a real World War 11 hero who saved 52 children out of 54 children who were stranded in the cold inside a concentration camp.  Luba was probably a good persuader because she got a lot of food from a lot of people inside that camp.  The butcher was probably the hardest to get food from and any one could be a tattletale and tell the guards.  She could get punished or even die because of her heroic work.  Luba was an amazing person who didn't only get food and medicine for the children, she treated them like they were her own children.  But she couldn't have done what she did without the help of the other women in her barracks.  I think she is the most amazing hero I have ever heard about.  I think that every child should have a chance to read about Luba.  She took a huge risk to save children.  She changed the way I think of people parenting me.

 Recommended By:  Veer, Grade 5​


Title: Meet Beverly Cleary                Author: S. Ward

Beverly Cleary writes very interesting books.  She was born on April 12, 1916 in McMinnville, Oregon.  Her family lived on a farm in the little town of Yamhill.  Beverly Cleary did not like to go to school;​ she did not like her strict first grade teacher when she moved to Portland.  Beverly met Clarence T. Cleary at the University of California, Berkeley.  After she and Clarence got married, they lived in Oakland, California and they moved to Berkeley.  I think that Beverly is an amazing author of all her books that she has published!  I wonder how she wrote all of those pages to make them into books.  I love all her books!

Recommended By: ​Alyssa, Grade 4​



Title:  Wilma Unlimited     Author:  Kathleen Krull

Wilma was born in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1940.  She was one of 20 children in her family.  Then when Wilma learned to walk, she loved to run and jump instead.  Just before Wilma turned five, she got very sick.  All her sisters and brothers gave up their blankets to try to keep her warm.  Only one doctor in town would treat Wilma because she and her family were African-Americans.  Everyone thought Wilma would never walk again.  Wilma just kept on moving any way she could because she had hope.  The school Wilma wanted to go to would not take her because she could not walk yet.  Every day she watched her brothers and sisters go to school, but she could not walk so she could not go to that school.  Eventually she got a metal brace that she could walk in which finally made it possible to go to school.  But it was not the place she imagined.  Her class made fun of her because of the brace.  She was not allowed to play the games that all of the other kids got to, like basketball, soccer, and running.  One day at church, Wilma took off the brace and walked, slowly, all by herself!  She finally learned to play basketball.  After a while, she got a scholarship to college to be in track and field.  She became a relay runner and sprinter.  She worked hard, and this is how she became the fastest woman ever at the 1960 Olympic Games.

 Recommended By:  Simone, Grade 4​ 


Title:  Terry Fox:  A Story of Hope        Author: Maxine Trottier

"Even if I don't finish, we need others to continue.  It's got to keep going without me",  Terry Fox once said.  Terry was in pain, but he still kept going to raise money for other people who had cancer like him.  He worked through the pain, and the other people with cancer showered him with honours and encouragement.  People were still saying that they were behind him and that he shouldn't give up, that he could make it.  Terry tried to beat cancer.  He fought harder than he had ever fought before, but some things were simply not meant to be, no  matter how much he wanted them to be.   So, sadly on June 28, 1981 just before dawn, Terry Fox sadly passed away.  Terry was a caring young man, and a hero.  If it wasn't for Terry, people would've lost hope.  Thankfully, people from all over the world support Terry by running and raising money to find a cure for cancer.

Recommended By:  Milan, Grade 5​


Title: Luba               Author:  Michelle McCann

Luba was a Jewish woman.  She helped 54 children live and was like a mother to kids who were not hers.  She gave food to everyone.  The Dutch people called her the "Angel of Bergen-Belsen".  Luba could not find any of her family after the war, so she went to the USA.  There, she got married to Sol Frederick and had two children named Al and Patty.  Stella Degen-Fertig was the youngest child rescued by Luba.  She said:  "My mother always told me that she gave birth to me, but Luba gave me life".

Recommended By:  Ashvina , Grade 4​


Title: Meet A.A. Milne    Author: S. Ward

Alan AlexanderMilne was an awesome person.  He is the one who created Winnie the Pooh!  Alan Alexander Milne was born on January 18, 1882 in London, England.  His father was master of Henley House, a school for boys.  One day his brothers were having a reading lesson.  Alan was playing nearby.  His father pointed to a word and asked the older boys to read it.  They could not read it but 3 year old Alan could!  "Cat," he said.  His father was so amazed.  Alan soon learned to read and write well and one of his favorite books was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.  At the age of 11 Alan won a scholarship to Westminster School where one of his brothers was a student.  After he finished all his lessons, he told his father that he wanted to be a writer.  His father gave Alan some money to live on while he looked for work as a writer.  Alan wanted his writing to appear on the London magazine.  He did not give up.  Finally, he used all his money and got to be on the magazine  In 1913, Alan married Dorothy de Selincourt.  Soon, Alan started to write plays.  One of his most well-known plays was Mr. Pim Passes By.  Many people went to the theater to watch it.  Alan and Dorothy had a son named Christopher Robin.  Alan sometimes spoke to his son and toy animals.  One of Christopher Robin's favourite toys was a stuffed bear.  Readers around the world would soon come to know this bear as Winnie-the-Pooh.  Alan was a very creative person!

Recommended By: Hana, Grade 4​


Title: Who Was Rosa Parks?               Author:  Yona McDonough

​​Rosa Parks was a true hero.  She was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on Feb. 4, 1913.  At that time African-Americans were not allowed to sit on the front of the bus, eat at the same place as white Americans, or drink from the same water fountain.  Rosa Parks even had to go to different schools as white children got to go to the nice, fancy schools.  She was brave, and smart.  She stood up for herself by keeping her seat on a bus in the middle section where she was actually allowed to sit.  This happened in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.  She got arrested, but in the end, when the whole community supported a bus boycott, Rosa got her way!  That is why Rosa Parks is my hero.

Recommended By:  Simone, Grade 4


Title:  Laura Elizabeth Ingalls            Author: S. Ward

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was one of the bravest people I have ever heard of.  She was born near Pepin, Wisconsin, on February 7, 1867.  Her family moved many times, travelling in a covered wagon and encountering many dangers on their journeys.  In the fall of 1877, the family returned to Walnut Grove.  Laura and her sister Mary went to school.  They were happy to be studying with their old friends.  Laura got married to a man named Almanzo.  Then she had a baby girl named Rose.  In 1894, Laura, Almanzo, and their daughter, Rose, moved to Mansfield, Missouri.  Rose grew up and moved to California.  She became a well-known author.  Her mother Laura started writing too.  Laura wrote lots of books and her first auto-biography book was called Little House In The Big Woods.  She is a very powerful writer!

 Recommended By:  Hana, Grade 4


Title:  The Mighty Tim Horton               Author: Mike Leonetti

Tim Horton:  an amazing NHL player who did whatever he could to play hockey!  Tim always got penalties for charging right before the end of the game.  Whenever his team lost he would blame himself for losing every single game.  Tim was a left defenceman.  As a kid he had size six skates.  He always dreamed of going into the National Hockey League.  He grew up watching the Toronto Maple Leafs even though he was born on January 12, 1930 and raised in Cochrane, Ontario.   One day when he was eighteen his junior ice hockey team won a gold medal.  Also at the time there was a NHL scout looking for people to go into the National Hockey League.  Tim was brought to a separate change room that day.  In the change room was Tim, his coach and the NHL scout.  The scout gave him the good news.  Tim could not believe it!  But, he had to leave his parents, Ethel and Aaron Horton, to go to Toronto.  Tim was going to be brave.  From that day his team  won the Stanley Cup once, and he played for several different teams.  But one day there was a collision on the ice, and he got hurt.  In 1964 he opened his first (now famous) doughtnut shop and when he died in 1974 in a car crash, there were already 40 restaurants in Canada.

 Recommended By:  Veer, Grade 5


Title:  Mother Jones: On our Way to Oyster Bay         Author:  Monica Kulling

The story of Mother Jones is one to be cherished.  She led many marches including the march to Oyster Bay for children's rights.  The march to Oyster Bay was around one hundred miles long.  Mother Jones was born in 1837 in Ireland.  Her family immigrated to the USA.  At the end of her famous march to Oyster Bay, President Theodore Roosevelt would not come out to meet with the protesters but the march was successful because of all the towns people they encountered on the way.  Mother Jones helped educate people along the way that children should not be having to work in dangerous factories just because of poverty.  She helped the laws to gradually change and have children's rights respected.​

 Recommended By:  Carson, Grade 4


Title:  Albert Einstein       Author:      Don McLeese           

If you ask someone, "Who was the smartest person?", then they will say Einstein!  He was THE most amazing scientist!  He was a great thinker, too.  He was born on March 14, 1979 in Germany.  One day his father showed him a compass.  Einstein was always looking at his compass because he was amazed by the magnetic needle and the magnetism of the Earth.  This was the beginning of Einstein's interest in Science.  When he was in elementary school, teachers thought he was not smart at all because he couldn't talk very well and he had much trouble putting his ideas into words.  He had a very important test, and he failed!  But he didn't give up.  So he studied math and science, and he finally got a Nobel Prize, the greatest Science prize in the world!  Then he kept studying and learning for his whole lfe, and that was why I think he was the samrtest person in the world.

 Recommended By:  Alex, Grade 5​


Title: Luba               Author:  Michelle McCann

This true story describes a real life hero.  This story must be told!  Luba's courage and fearless protection of 54 children in a war camp meant that she found food daily to feed them and she nursed them when they got sick.  The 54 children loved her just like their mother!  Several months later, Luba and the children were freed by allied soldiers from the camp when World War 11 was finished.  When they were free Luba took all the children to their home country of Holland.  She made sure the children were okay, and they connected 50 years later. 

Recommended By:  Ravneet , Grade 4


Title:  Who Was Helen Keller?                                        Author:  Gare Thompson

Helen Keller was a brave, smart girl.  Helen was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama.  Helen was both blind and deaf but she could still read, write and speak!  You would think a girl like Helen would have a dark and silent world but that's when you're wrong.  Helen was a beautiful young girl but before she was 2 she became very sick and had a very high fever.  Her parents were scared.  One day, her mother moved her hand over her face but Helen stared straight ahead and that's how Helen's parents knew she was blind and deaf.  Because of her patient and determined teacher, Anne Sullivan, Helen eventually was the first blind and deaf person to graduate and get a college degree!

 Recommended By:  Aleesha, Grade 5​


Title:  Barbara Park            Author: Molly Kolpin            

One phone call changed the life of Barbara Park.  Barbara Park was born April 21, 1947.  She grew up in the small town of Mount Holly, New Jersey.  When she was a kid she hoped to be a teacher.  Barbara started college at Rider College in 1965, then finished at the University of Alabama.  In 1979 she published her first book.  It was a kid's book called "Operation:  Dump the Chump".  It took three submissions until it was accepted for publication.  It took the same time until they would accept "Make Me Smile" and "Skinny Bones".  She took emails in the morning and then she started writing and wouldn't stop until dinner time.  She was known for being funny but she did have a serious side.  I have always enjoyed reading her books.  They always make me smile, especially the Junie B. Jones character.  If you are starting chapter books, why don't you try my favorite, "Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal"!  

 Recommended By:  Emily, Grade 4


Title:  Luba         Author:  Michelle McCann

Luba was a brave young woman who saved 52 children in a prison camp in World War 11.  She used her big black coat to cover herself and to sneak food for the poor hungry children.  One day, it was almost Luba's birthday, but the kids didn't have a gift for Luba.  The kids saved up bread day by day to trade that bread for a red silk scarf.  After a few days it was finally Luba's birthday!  Luba was so busy looking for food for the children that she forgot it was her birthday!  The children brought gifts that they had made for Luba.  The very last gift for Luba was a red silk scarf that the kids had worked so hard for.  A few days later in the spring of 1945 the Nazi soldiers were gone.  Luba and the children were finally free!  Luba took them to Holland to find their homes.  After many years the children found each other, and they decided to look for Luba.  After a long time, they found Luba in the United States!  Luba found a little part of her family as well.  Luba's story taught me to be brave and never give up on my dreams!

Recommended By:  Sophia, Grade 5​


Title:  Hayley Wickenheiser                Author: Chelsea Donaldson

Hayley is a star Canadian hockey player.  She was born in 1978 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.  Hayley played hockey as soon as she could walk.  Hayley's family moved to Calgary when she was 13 years old.  By then, Hayley was a star on the girls' hockey team.  Soon she started playing on a boys' team at age 15.  She joined the Canadian women's hockey league and helped Canada win gold at the Olympics! 

 Recommended By:  Lucas, Grade 5


Title:  Meet Elsie MacGill          Author:  Elizabeth MacLeod

Elsie MacGill was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1905, and sadly she got polio as a young adult.  She loved fixing machines.  Her mom was a champion for women to vote.  Elsie was brave, determined and hard working.  She never gave up, becoming the first woman aeronautical engineer!  She even became a comic book hero in 1942 because of her work during World War 11 designing Hurricane aircraft!  ​

 Recommended By:  Alex, Grade 5​


Title:  Walt Disney              Author: Jonathan Brown

Walt Disney had struggles but he also had big dreams!  Walt was born on December 5, 1901.  He lived in Chicago, Illinois but moved to a farm in Missouri.  Walt loved to play with all the animals.  Walt loved to draw, but his family had very little money.  Walt's brother, Roy, wanted to encourage his brother's talents in drawing, so Roy spent his money to buy Walt sketch pads.  Mr. Disney became very sick.  Walt and his brothers delivered newspapers to make money to support the family.  Walt told his dad that he wanted to be an artist.  Mr. Disney did not like that.  So Walt moved to Roy's house.  Walt found a many named Ub Iwerks who he studied with to make ads.  Walt and Ub started to make short cartoons in black and white.  Walt made little money, but learned a lot about making cartoons.  Walt's brother, Roy, got very sick and he spent a long time in the hospital.  Walt wanted to be next to him, but he also wanted to make movies.  So he moved to Hollywood.  Walt wanted to live as an artist but had no money.  Roy leant him some money because he believed in Walt.  Walt made a business, and Disney studios was at work!  Walt was shocked that a person would pay for all his art!  Plus they bought his cartoons!  He began to make a new cartoon character.  Lily, his wife, liked the name Mickey Mouse.  People wanted to buy it but it was not for sale!  Walt created a long cartoon.  It took 3 years to finish.  The final product was Snow White.  Walt took a step and created an amusement park:  Disneyland!  But when it opened, the park had so many problems.  How was Walt going to fix this?? So Walt kept trying to fix the park.  Walt started to create a new park, but it took a long time to finish.  At last, Walt did not see his new park because he died on December 15th, 1966.  After that, Roy took over because he believed in Walt's work.  Walt Disney's name still lives on!

 Recommended By: Leo, Grade 5


Title: Wilma Unlimited            Author: Kathleen Krull

Wilma was a small baby who weighed just over 4 pounds.  Wilma was born in the 1940s in Clarksville, Tennessee.  If any of Wilma's siblings got a cold, she would get a double dose of it.  Her mom nursed her at home because only one doctor would treat black people in their town.  Before Wilma turned five, she got even sicker than before.  Her family was trying to keep her warm.  Wilma's left leg twisted inward, and she could not move it back.  Not even her mom knew what was wrong.  The doctor came and said she had polio.  In those days, there was no cure for her.  Then her doctor gave her a metal brace.  She finally got to go to school.  Wilma loved watching basketball and she made the team.  There was a college coach who wanted her to try out for the track team.  She was the first in her family to get a scholarship and go to college.  After college, Wilma went to the Olympic Games as a athlete for the USA.  She ended up with 3 Gold medals for the 100m and 200m sprints, and the 400m relay race!! You should never give up on your dreams, and that's why Wilma is my favourite hero.

Recommended By:  Janella, Grade 5 β€‹


Title: Luba               Author:  Michelle McCann

Luba was a woman who was went to a prison where she had to help people from the war.  Luba was actually Jewish.  She had to hide that she was Jewish.  Luba was pretending she was a nurse so she could live a little bit better in the prison.  One night, Luba heard someone yelling and so she went to go see what it was.  When she got there, she saw fifty-four children sitting there and she secretly took them all to her barracks.  Every day she had to walk past the guards and hide her tattoo that the Nazi's had given her.  She had to bring back soup and she had asked the butcher for meat for the children.  Every day, she risked her life, and every day she hid her tattoo.  Then one day the soldiers from Britain came and set them free!

Recommended By:  Trysten , Grade 5​


Title: The True Story of Helen Keller   Author: Bonnie Bader

Helen Keller was born more than 100 years ago.  Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscombia, Alabama.  When Helen was born there was nothing wrong with her eyesight, hearing or speech.  But just before she turned 2, Helen got a very high fever.  Helen's mom and dad were worried if something was wrong.  In fact, Helen became deaf and blind from that sickness.  There were hardly any schools for deaf and blind children in the entire United States of America.  These children's parents just had to teach their kids how to communicate as best as they could.  One day a teacher came to her house. She was a tutor.  She taught Helen how to learn things and how to say words again.   Helen's teacher's name was Anne Sullivan.  At first when they met, Helen and Anne did not make a good start.  Helen wanted to have her own way, but Anne tried to help Helen learn by teaching her patiently and firmly.  One day, Anne told Helen's parents that she couldn't communicate well if they stayed working in the main house.  So Anne told Helen's mom and dad that Helen needed to work at Anne's house.  There she learned how to turn on water and she almost learned to say "water" too.  A few days later she learned how to communicate a little bit more.  One day she learned how to say it was warm.  When Helen was getting older she was ready to go to a college for deaf and blind women in New York City.  Anne would still be with her but she could learn with others now, too.  One day in New York, Helen went on a field trip to visit the Statue of Liberty.  Helen eventually wrote a book called "The Story of My Life".  Helen got to share her amazing story with many!

 Recommended By:  Ravneet, Grade 4​


Title:  Meet Elsie MacGill         Author:  Elizabeth MacLeod

Elsie MacGill was born in Vancouver, BC.  She got polio as a young adult.  Elsie like to design planes.  She never gave up on her dreams to become the first woman aeronautical engineer.  Elsie could walk again because she kept persevering after her illness and learned to walk with a cane.  With her family's help for education, she was able to reach her goals. 

Recommended By:  Shaelee, Grade 5​


Title:  A Girl Named Misty               Author: Kelly Starling Lyons

This book is based on a true story about an African American girl named Misty Copeland who finally achieved her dream!  Misty was born on September 10, 1982 in Kanas. When Misty was seven she was watching TV about gymnast Nadia Comaneci.  Watching Nadia dance made Misty want to dance like her too. With Mariah Carey's songs, this inspired Misty to make up her own dances!  In middle school Misty decided to set a goal that would change her life.  Misty wanted to earn a spot of the drill team.  Would Misty really become the leader of the group?  Yes, and she continued to practice her dancing.  After 5 years Misty got the role in The Firebird (a ballet).  She practiced and practiced every day, and even when her leg began to hurt, she still kept going.  Then she got a serious injury.  Days later Misty knew she couldn't continue any more.  She had to have major surgery on her broken leg.  Would she be able to return?  Not only did Misty come back, but three years after her performance as the Firebird, she had been promoted to principal dancer, the highest level a dancer can reach!  Misty Copeland overcame so many challenges (injuries, funding, and discrimination) to be recognized as the highest level of dancer. 

 Recommended By:  Sophia, Grade 5


Title:   Luba             Author: Michelle McCann

This true story describes a real life hero.  This story must be told!  Luba was a prisoner in a concentration camp during World War 11.  While she was there, she discovered 54 children left outside in the cold.  She took so much loving care of these 54 children.  She loved them like they were her own.  But sadly, only 52 survived, because there was a lot of sickness in that camp.  She tried to get past the guards every day and risked her life for the children's health.  I do not know what they would have done without her.  She found bread, soup, porridge, and even some sausage by asking other workers in the camp to give extra leftover food for these children.  This story inspired me in so many ways because of Luba's bravery, kindness, and courage.

 Recommended By:  Sophia, Grade 4  ​


Title: Wilma Unlimited            Author: Kathleen Krull

Wilma was born in 1940, in Clarkesville, Tennesse.  When she was born, she was just over 4 pounds.  She did celebrate her first birthday, and everyone had noticed as soon as she could walk, she would run or jump.  During Wilma's sickness her left leg twisted and she couldn't move it back, and even her mom didn't know what to do.  In those days, most children with polio would either have died or were permanently crippled.  There was no cure.  While whe was growing up, they were not allowed to go to the hospital near their house, because it would not allow African-Americans to be treated there.  So they took the bus 50 miles to the hospital that would allow her in. She was sad that she couldn't go to school.  So she practiced walking with a leg brace.  Then the school allowed her to go to school.  She memorized every step for basketball.  So she tried out for the team.  When she played on the court, there was a college coach who wanted her to try out for the running team.  On one of the track and field races, Wilma won first place and she also won the next two races.  When Wilma got into university she earned a scholarship.  Wilma Rudolph was once known as the sickliest child in Clarksville.  Now, she was known as the world's fastest runner!  She is definitely the world's greatest hero!

Recommended By:  Maya, Grade 5 β€‹


Title:  Chris Hadfield        Author: Chelsea Donaldson

Who is Chris Hadfield?  Chris Hadfield was a brave and determined person.  He was born August 29, 1959 in Sarina, Ontario.  Chris loved planes, probably because his father was a pilot and Chris always looked up to him.  At age 9 he watched the first moon landing and was astonished and amazed!  After he watched that moon landing, he knew he wanted to be an astronaut.​  He was determined!  After high school, Chris joined the Canadian Armed Forces.  He was very excited because you learn how to fly planes in the Air Force.  Chris was also very interested in mechanical engineering and studied it for a very long time.  In 1982 Chris graduated from Royal Military College.  In the late 1980s, Chris wanted to go back to school to fly planes, and he did.  He became a test pilot.  He flew the fastest planes in the world!  But he got injured many times, and wanted to find a safer way to fly planes.  In 1992 Chris finally made it into the Canadian Astronaut Program!  Three years later he proved himself to the program and went on his first flight to the International Space Station .

 Recommended By:  Gabriel, Grade 5​


Title: Luba         Author:  Michelle McCann

Luba is one of the most interesting heroes I have read about.  She cared for 54 children in a Nazi camp.  She risked her life each day to go past the guards to get food for the children.  She was brave to pass the guards because she had tattoos the Nazis gave her and she hid the tattoo under her sleeves.  She told them she was a nurse so she could have greater access the many parts of that concentration camp.  She was very brave and courageous and I think Luba is very inspiring because she risked her life to help all the children.

Recommended By:  Alayna, Grade 5​



Title:  Leonardo:  Beautiful Dreamer             Author: Robert Byrd

Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452 in Florence, Italy.  The year young Leonardo was born he was almost attacked by a large, silver bird of prey, but Leonardo was not even afraid of this big bird.  By 4 years old he started painting and he go so fascinated by his growing intelligence and knowledge whenever he saw a large bird, he would think about a kite, and how it could fly.  By 1473 Leonardo painted and made over 102 different paintings and other historical pieces of art.  Leonardo believed painting should imitate nature and that the four elements (earth, wind, fire and water) were related to colour:  Fire was red, air was blue, earth was yellow, and green was the peaceful balance.   He called the stars and planets the "vault of heaven"!  I connect to these 4 elements and the symbols because of the way Leonardo thought about the world around him which was so different than others.  Sometimes I think differently than my friends and family, and I like to challenge myself with new ways of thinking.  Leonardo was always curious and developed many interesting inventions to help him explore the world he lived in.

Recommended By:  Leo Grade 5


Title: Meet Elsie MacGill                                    Author: Elizabeth MacLeod

Elsie MacGill was a woman with a courageous family that supported women's rights.  Elsie MacGill was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1905.  As a child, she was extremely creative and loved fixing machines.  Her mom worked extremely hard for women's rights.  Elsie's family was courageous because they allowed an extremely advanced education for their daughter, even when that was not typical for that time.  She took engineering in university.  She even designed and created the first aircraft.  It was a success!  The aircraft worked amazingly well.  She was the first woman to have an aeronautical engineering job, but unfortunately she caught polio.  How might she walk again?  Well, she practiced, first with a wheelchair, and then with a cane.  In the end she proved that women should have the same opportunities as men!

Recommended By: Sanca, Grade 5 ​


Title: John McRae                     Author: Linda Granfield

John McRae was a soldier, a doctor and a poet.  He was the one that created In Flanders Fields.  He was born on November 30, 1872 and lived in a small stone house at Guelph, Ontario.  When John was sixteen years old he enrolled at the university of Toronto to study medicine.  John was skilled at drawing but human figures were more difficult for him to draw.  At 1898 young Dr. McRae cradled a newborn at burnside Lying-In Hospital, Toronto.  John left Toronto to work at John HopkinsHospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  On August 4, 1914, John McRae was on a ship bound for England.  When john arrived at England, John quickly contacted officials and offered his services as either a soldier or a doctor.  On Christmas Day, John McRae and the nurses had 1300 patients.  By the summer of 1917 John McRae was sufferreing from the years of dealing with wounded and dying soldiers.  On January 23, 1918, he became ill and on January 25 he was moved from Boulogne Hospital to Officers Hospital.  John died in the early morning of January 28, 1918.  His famous poem helps Canadians to remember him as children in schools and people gathered for Remebrance Day services recite those famous words.  

Recommended By:  Nathan, Grade 4​


Title: The Wright Brothers:  A Flying Start    Author: Elizabeth MacLeod

The Wright brothers from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina were named Orville (born on August 19, 1871 and died January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (born April 16, 1867 and died May 30, 1912).  These were two Americans who loved studying flight and are generally credited with the world's first successful airplane.  The brothers gained the skills they needed by working for years in their shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors and other machinery.  Sometimes their experiments and hobbies got in the way of school.  The skipped classes and once Orville was even expelled!  Starting in 1900 they kept trying to make an airplane fly and their first powered flight happened in late 1903.  Their shop employee Charlie Taylor became an important part of their team.   Because Orville and Wilbur kept trying and never gave up on their hopes to create an airplane, I find the Wright brothers the most exhilarating people I've heard about in human history.  

Recommended By: Yashar, Grade 5


Title:  Luba                  Author:  Michelle McCann

This true story describes a real life hero.  I think that Luba's story should be told because she managed to take care of 54 children during World War 11.  She was getting food every single day. Also, Luba was a courageous hero to these kids because she alone took care of them, feed them, nursed, and loved them just like they were her very own children.  She managed to save all but 2.  Luba was courageous, gentle, epic, loving, inspiring and intelligent and that is why I chose to write about Luba.

Recommended By: Abby, Grade 5 


Title: Barack Obama    Author: Michael De Medeiros

Barack Obama was the first African American chosen to run for president for a major US political party.  He was born on August 4, 1964 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  When Barack was only 2 years old his parents separated, then divorced.  His mom stayed with him in Hawaii while his dad went to Harvard and later returned to Africa.  When Barack was six, his mother remarried to a guy named Lolo Soetoro.  He was an Indonesian foreign exchange student.  They all moved to Jakarta.  Barack was a good student, however, his mom moved them to the USA for a better education.  After graduation from University, Barack went to Chicago to work as a community organizer.  However, Barack realized that to make a big difference in peoples' lives he would have to change laws and politics.  He enrolled at Harvard Law School.  When Barack graduated from law school he returned to Chicago to work, teach and practice law.  A few years later Barack got a seat in Illinois State Senate, and this was just the beginning of his amazing political adventure.  He eventually became president of the USA in November 2008.

Recommended By: Liam, Grade 5​


Title:  Wilma Unlimited                Author:  Kathleen Krull

Wilma Rudolph was a brave, inspiring woman who worked very hard to accomplish her dreams and goals.  Wilma was born in 1940 in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee.  When Wilma was borm she only weighed two kilgrams.  She had many bad illnesses and also had polio which damaged her left leg.  After a long time of waiting and wanting to go to school, she got a brace (so she would be able to walk enough to attend school), but when she went to school, it wasn't the nice, fun, happy place she thought it was.  She had to sit on the side, but she saw how all the other children played basketball, and did their moves.  One day, when Wilma was at church, she knew she was ready.  She took off her brace and slowly started walking all by herself with no one's help, and without using her brace!  After that she started playing basketball at school and eventually won a scholarship to college.  She joined the track and field team at college, and even ran for the United States in the 1960 Olympic Games.  Who would have thought that little Wilma would come home with 3 gold medals!  This is why I think Wilma is a real hero!

 Recommended By:  Elisabeth, Grade 4​


Title:  Jeff Kinney               Author: Christine Webster

Jeff Kinney is the author of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series.  He is always creative at writing Diary books.  The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movie brought in more than $76 million dollars worldwide!  In 2012 "Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days" was released.  In 2014" Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Long Hau"l became the #1 bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.  This the publishing process of Jeff Kinney.  First, the manuscript goes to the publisher.  Second, the publisher rejects it or the publisher requests changes.  Third, he makes revisions.  Fourth, the publisher now accepts the manuscript.  Fifth, Jeff Kinney does more edits and revisions.  Sixths, photographs are seleced.  Seventh, final edits and the last reviews are made and marketing begins.  Last but not least, the books are published and are now available to readers in stores.  Jeff Kinney is a great storyteller for everyone!  I often read a lot of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books because the illustrations fit the story so well, and I find this inspiring and it makes me want to read even more!  

 Recommended By:  Justin, Grades 5 ​


Title: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.    Author: David Adler

Martin Luther King, Jr. is a true hero.  He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Martin Luther King grew up in a society that did not treat African American people as equals.  He knew this was wrong!  Martin Luther King led many boycotts to help change the laws.  The first, most important one was the Montgomery bus boycott.  He made speeches for peace.  He risked his life and freedom for peace and equality.  That is why I believe Dr. King is a true hero.

Recommended By: Nathan, Grade 5​


Title: Henry Box Brown    Author: Ellen Levine

Henry Box Brown was a slave in the 1800s who inspired many people.  He was born in Virginia as a slave in 1816 on a plantation called the Hermitage.  Henry was married to another slave named Nancy, but their marriage was not recognized legally even though they had three children.  After his wife and children were sold to another place in North Carolina, Henry became determined to escape.  With the help of some people Henry escaped through the Underground Railway and eventually travelled the world and told his story countless times​.  He even went to Canada and England to tell about the terrible conditions of slavery.  Henry Box Brown's story is important to me because I want everyone to be treated fairly and equally and to never be discriminated against because of their colour.

Recommended By: Aaryan, Grade 5


Title: Sidney Crosby    Author: Danielle LeClair

Who is Sidney Crosby?  Sidney Crosby is a professional hockey player.  He is considered one of the best players in the National Hockey League (NHL).  In 2002 when Sidney was 15 years old, he left his hometown in Nova Scotia and he wanted to play in Quebec.  Sidney Crosby then went to school for hockey.  Crosby went to play for Team Canada because of his amazing skills.  That year he won the fold medal at the World Junior Cup.  In 2005 he was drafted to the Penguins in Pittsburgh in the NHL and has been playing for 15 years.  Many people say he is the next Wayne Gretzky.

Recommended By: Kieran,  Grade 5


Title:  L​uba             Author:  Michelle McCann

This true story describes a real life hero.  Luba was a very brave person.  She risked her life every day and saved 54 children.  Each day Luba passed through the gates of the concentration camp she was in.  She managed to get enough food for the 54 chidren and the other ladies in the cabin.  When Luba's birthday came, she had forgotten her own birthday, but on that day she got amazing homemade presents and the last present she got was a red silk scarf. She loved the scarf and wore it almost all the time.  After WW11 they were set free from the camp.  50 years later, Luba and the children met up again and Luba got a medal.  She had made difference between life and death for all those children.  She was a real life hero.

 Recommended By:  Gwen, Grade 5​


Title: Heros of World War 11       Author: Paul Beck

John Lebda was a brave soldier.  He travelled to Omaha Beach on D-Day, during World War 11.  He went back fifty years later aboard U.S.S. George Washington and saluted the president and shook his hand as the president thanked him and said "I'm proud of you for helping the people" by bringing them freedom!

 Recommended By:  Antonio, Grade 5  ​


Title: The Wright Brothers:  A Flying Start    Author: Elizabeth MacLeod

The Wright brothers were the ones who made your vacation overseas possible...the birds of engineering!  Orville Wright was born in 1871 and his brother Wilbur was born in 1867.  They weren't exactly twins but they thought alike.  They had creative and joyful minds in childhood.  Sometimes when their father came home from a trip, he brought Orville and Wilbur a toy for them to play with.  Sometimes it broke, but the brothers would fix it.  One toy was called the Flying Bat.  This was the inspiration for them be able to soar like a bird through the skies.  And so, in 1912, the brothers created the Wright flyer.  Their first test flight was 6 km south of Kitty Hawk, their home town in North Carolina.  The flight lasted 12 seconds, but it was majestic back then!  But then, Wilbur had caught typhoid fever and died that same year.  His father wrote about Wilbur in his diary and said of his son Wilbur:  "A short life, full of consequences.  An unfailing intellect, imperturbable temper, great self-reliance and as great modesty, seeing the right clearly, pursuing it steadfastly, he lived and died".  

Recommended By: Iyck, Grade 5​



Title: Steve Nash    Author:  John Hareas

Steve Nash is an amazing basketall player in the NBA. He is under the average height and weight for an NBA player.  He is 6 foot 3 and 180 pounds.  But the average height and weight is 6 fout 6 and 225 pounds!  He isn't the fasted player in the NBA, but he is one of the smartest.  He out-thinks his opponents and he is also one of the most creative passers in NBA history.  Steve Nash was born on Feb. 7, 1974 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He moved to Canada as a young baby and grew up playing many sports and he played really well in all of the them.  He also played chess and that helped him make decisions under pressure in basketball.  Many people said that he was the best basketball player!

Recommended By: Cristiano. Grade 5​


Title:  Luba          Author:  Michelle McCann

This girl made a difference and I love her story because she saved 54 kids (and only two died from sickness).  She is the bravest girl I have ever heard of.  Luba risked her life to get food and water.  I think clothes, too.  One day Luba gave food to the kids, but instead of eating it, the kids traded this bread for a beautiful scarf.  Luba had forgotten it was her birthday because she was too busy trying to get food for these kids.  So the kids made her a few gifts, and then also gave her that pretty, red scarf.  So when she came back, the kids said "surprise!"  Luba totally forgot it was her birthday!  One day in the Spring of 1945, Luba went outside and discovered that there were no guards at the concentration camp.  Luba froze for a few seconds, then she ran as fast as she could back to the other women and children.  She said "Wake up!  We're free".  The allied soldiers came and rescued these prisoners.  Then Luba helped take all the children back to their home country, Holland.  After that she tried to find her own family, but eventually moved to the United States.  I think Luba's story should be told to everyone!

 Recommended By:  Maryam, Grade 4​


Title: Terry Fox    Author: Bryan Pezzi

Terry Fox was a brave man who lived in Port Coquitlam.  He had cancer and he fought hard to beat his cancer.  He showed kids that had cancer to never give up.  That's when he ran half way across Canada.  Lots of people donated money so the kids that had cancer chould hope for a cure to be found.  During his run across Ontario, Terry Fox felt something was wrong.  He went to the hospital, and his cancer had come back.  He died several months later.  That's why Terry Fox is a hero:  my hero and everyone's hero!

Recommended By: Anderson, Grade 4​


Title: On Our Way To Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and the March for Children's Rights       Author: Monica Kulling

Mother Jones didn't like how kids had to work for twelve hours, six days a week!  That was the way things were in 1903.  There was a boy named Aiden.  He had a friend named Gussie.  Mother Jones did not like how kids worked for twelve hours, six days in a week, so she decided to start a march for kids' rights to play and learn!  Many of the kids had missing fingers, and some even lost hands from working in the dangerous factories in the USA.  Troubled by all she had seen, Mother Jones wanted to end children going to work in these factories and ending up in the hospitals due to work injuries.  The first day of the march seemed like it would never end, but Aiden and Gussie kept going and never gave up.  The march wasn't all buttercups and sunshine.  A lot of kids gave up this long march, but Aiden and Gussie did not give up!  They also had fun trips to "Coney Island" and the zoo along the way.  The next day, the marchers walked the last thirty-five miles to Oyster Bay.  It was a long march, but finally they stood on the lawn of the president's summer home, waiting expectantly for him to appear to talk with them.  But the president would not speak or come out.  Aiden was angry as well as disappointed.  Mother Jones was greatly disappointed, but Mother Jones was also proud of how they told people in towns along the way about children's rights.  Mother Jones was really a brave woman.

Recommended By: Alyssa, Grade 4​


Title: Who Was Helen Keller?      Author:  Gare Thompson     

Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama.  Her father, Arthur Keller, had fought in the civil war for the South.  After the war, he went home to his farm.  After his first wife died, he married a woman named Kate Adams.  His two sons from his first marriage and his young wife called Arthur Keller "Captain".  In addition to running his farm, Captain was also the editor of the local paper.  He was quite a stern man.  When Helen was born, she was the first girl in her family!  Just before she was two, she got very sick with a high fever.  She recovered, but the fever had made her blind and deaf.  Because she was so frustrated, Helen often had temper tantrums.  The family wasn’t sure how to help her.  Eventually, they brought a wonderful teacher name Anne Sullivan to their home.  Over time, Anne taught Helen sign language (water was her first word) and she also learned to read braille.  Helen became the first deaf and blind woman to go to college!​

Recommended By: Hayden, Grade 5​



Title:  The Life and Art of Horace Pippin          Author:  Jennifer Bryant

On February 22, 1888 the town of West Chester, Pennsylvania celebrated a holiday.  That day in that same town, Daniel and Christine Pippin celebrated the birth of their son, Horace.  Horace's grandmother's hands were big, too rough, and scarred from her working as a slave in Virginia.  But her hands were perfect for giving Horace hugs.  When Horace was three years old the Pippins moved to Goshen, New York.  As the family grew larger, everyone helped out.  Horace loved to draw and loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor.  He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him.  He loved thinking about a friend or a pet then drawing it from the picture in his mind.  It's no wonder Horace became a famous and well loved American artist!

 Recommended By:  Matilde, Grade 4


Title: Rags:  Hero Dog of World War 11                           Author: Margot Raven

Rags was born in 1916 and lived until 1936. Many years ago Rags was a stray dog who liked to take trash from the trash cans of a cafe in Paris.  Then one night an American soldier named Donovan accidently stepped on Rags' tail.  Donovan had come to help France fight in World War 1.  Once Donovan found Rags, they worked together and had a new mission.  Rags and Donovan had a communications mission on the battlefield.  One day, a big battle in Argonne forest happened and Donovan had a message for the men on the other side of the battlefield.  Rags had to run but then a bomb shell hit the ground beside him.  He was badly hit, but Rags kept going  and gave the message to the men.  The battle ended and Donovan had been hit too.  Rags was now half deaf and half blind, and Donovan was badly hurt.  One day Donovan passed away and Rags was so sad he was gon.  Eventually, he found a new, wonderful family and was happy again.  That is the story of Rags, the World War 1 hero dog.  That is why Rags is the bravest dog ever.

Recommended By: Ronan, Grade 4​


Title: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Author: David Adler

Dr. King fought for equality and had a passion for helping people.  He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929.  It was difficult being an African American person in those days because they were not given the same rights.  "How can I make this better?" he thought.  Those laws that kept people apart needed to change.  He worked hard giving speeches and helping people when the unfair laws put them in jail, like Rosa Parks.  He helped with the bus boycott so that the law separating people on the bus would eventually change.

Recommended By: Kipton, Grade 4​


Title: Luba               Author: Michelle McCann

This true story describes a real life hero.  Luba saved 54 children from the cold.  She found them stranded outside in the cold in a concentration camp during World War 11.  Luba brought them inside her barracks.  Every day, Luba would go out and sneak food for the children.  She would take the food and put it into her black coat.  The butcher was probably the hardest for her to get food from.  On Luba's birthday, she went outside looking for more food.  She forgot it was her birthday.  The children wanted to give Luba something to thank her for what she had been doing.  The children traded their bread for a pretty red scarf.  When Luba came back all the children yelled "Surpirse"!  Then one day when Luba woke up she hear an army yelling, "You are free!  You are free!".  Then Luba woke up the children and said "We're free!"  When the soldier came and looked inside he was so surpirsed to find 52 children (2 had died because of sickness).  The children got taken back to their home country, Holland, and Luba helped them find different families.  I love Luba's story.  You have to read her story because she is amazingly brave and kind.

 Recommended By:  Bethany, Grade 4​


Title:  Free At Last!​  The Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.    Author: Angela Bull

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta Georgia in 1929.  It wasn't fair being African American back then because they did not get to sit at the front of the bus, or sit at the same tables in diners, or drink from the same water fountains.  When Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up, he because a church leader (Reverend).  He taught that all people are created equally and deserve equal rights.  He gave speeches and helped organize peaceful protests.  He risked his life to help make Jim Crow laws illegal.  One day on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. got shot while standing on a second floor balcony of a hotel.  His wife, Coretta Scott King, kept talking about the need to have equal rights for everyone.  This hero is inspiring because he stood up for what he knew was right, even though he risked his life. 

Recommended By:  Taylan, Grade 4



Title: Wilma Rudolph    Author: Kathleen Krull

Wilma was born in Clarkesville, Tennessee in 1940.  She had 22 brothers and sisters.  She had polio when se was 5.  Her early life was very hard.  But she managed to learn how to walk by herself with zero help.  She then became a running athlete and got a three gold medal "hat trick" at the 1960 Olympic Games.  And it was all thanks to hard work and perseverance.

Recommended By: Kylie, Grade 5​


Title: Will Smith     Author: Susan Mitchell

Will Smith is one of my favorite actors.  Will Smith's real name is Willard Christopher Smith and he was born on Sept. 25, 1968.  He is not only an actor, but also a rapper.  The most famous movie to me is Men In Black.  He won an award called the Nickelodeon Blimp!   That's the award I know.  I think Will Smith won that award because he is a very funny and expressive actor.

Recommended By: Chase, Grade 4​


Title: Terry Fox   Author: Bryan Pezzi

Terry Fox was born on July 28, 1958 and he grew up in Port Coquitlam.  Terry was 18 years old when he got leg cancer on his left leg.  Terry was determined to beat cancer, and then when he grew strong again, he wanted to raise money in order to help cure cancer.  Terry decided to run across Canada, and he started his run in Newfoundland on April 12, 1980.  Every day he ran an entire marathon, 26 miles!  Along the way, he spoke to Canadians about why he was running, and he helped people understand that money for a cure was needed.  He almost ran across Canada, but in Ontario, he realized something was wrong, and the cancer had come back. His friend, Doug, picked him up from that day's marathon, and he went to the hospital.  Terry was so sad that he couldn't finish his run, but he relied on his family and friends to keep on going.  Every year, Canadians and people from all over the world run, just like Terry, to raise money for cancer.​  There has already been 750 million dollars raised so far.  Terry Fox has inspired many and he would be so proud that his dream has come true!  

Recommended By: Theron, Grade 4​


Title: Rosa Parks    Author: Nikki Giovanni

Rosa Parks was a hero.  In 1955, she entered a bus where only white people were allowed in the front and African American people were only allowed in the back.  When Rosa sat in the front of the bus, a white passenger came over and claimed that he wanted to sit there.  But Rosa stayed seated and stood up for herself; she knew she was allowed to stay in the center section of that bus.  She got arrested, but after that, a bus boycott started.  The whole African American community stayed off the buses for more than 1 year.  Dr. King came and helped them organize.  Rosa eventually got her way, and those unfair laws were changed.

Recommended By: Sephora, Grade 4​


 Title: Elsie MacGill     Author: Elizabeth MacLeod

Elsie MacGill is inspiring to me because she never gave up, she always tried to accomplish her goals, and she never gave up on her dreams.  Elsie MacGill was a famous Canadian.  She loved fixing things.  He got polio as a young adult.  In 1934 Elsie started wardking at Fairchild Aircraft operations in Longuevil as an assistant Aeronautical Engineer.  After breaking her leg in 1953 Elsie MacGill used the opportunity of her recovery to sort through her mother's papers and began writing a biography of her mother's life.  After a short illness, Elsie MacGill died on November, 1980 in Cambridge, Massachusettes.

Recommended By:  Alex, Grade 5​



Title: Who Was Marie Curie          ​Author: Megan Stine

Marie Curie was one of the world's first woman scientists.  She was born in November 7, 1867 and she lived in Warsaw, which is now located in Poland, but back then was actually part of Russia.  She was the youngest of 5 children, with 3 older sisters and one brother.  Her parents were both teachers; her father taught science, and her mother was a school principal.  Marie grew up in a family where education was very important.  She did not like the Russian soldiers who came into her school because they would not let the children speak in their own language, which was Polish.  She graduated from her school, winning the gold medal for first place.  Even though she wanted to go to Warsaw University, they didn't let girls go, she Marie decided to study to be a scientist, and had to study at home or with a private teacher named Jadwiga Dawidowa (who started a secret university).  She worked as a governess and later was finally able to go to Paris to study at The Sorbonne.  She had to learn French so she could understand her professors, and finally graduated with her science degree as the top student.  Soon after, she married Pierre Curie, and the two of them continued to study science.  Marie discovered x-rays and uranium and polonium.  She won the Nobel Prize, the first woman to win this award.  Unfortunately, those discoveries made Marie get very sick because no one knew how dangerous these elements were.  She did get somewhat better, and in 1911, Marie met the king of Sweden who gave her a solid gold metal, her 2nd Nobel Prize.  She helped create a smaller x-ray machine for use during World War 1, and eventually died in May 1934.  Marie, the first woman who received these Nobel Prizes, is such an inspiration to all girls who love science.

Recommended By: Anna, Grade 5​



Title: Jane Goodall    Author: Roberta Edwards

I think Jane Goodall did the right thing by helping chimps and even saving their lives.  Jane Goodall fell in love with chimps when she was only 1 year old.  Her father came home with a surprise for Jane.  She thought is was going to be a toy bunny, dog, or cat; but no, it was a chimp!  Before all the chips were born in 1935 in the London Zoo, she loved them all.  But there was one chimp that she thought was unique and her name was Jubilee.  So of course, Jane named her toy Jubilee.  When she got older she started to work with real chimpanzees and they treated her like one of their own.  Because they liked Jane she was able to learn more about the amazing animals than anyone else.  Jane proved how chimpanzees and people have so much in common.  And her toy chimp?  She will never give that away even until this day; it is sitting on her dresser at her home!

Recommended By: Maddy, Grade 5​



Title: Luba    Author: Michelle R. McCann

The story of Luba should be told!  Luba had to keep 54 children safe and fed, risking her life every day for these children.  Now you may ask how she did it.  Every day she would go to three places inside the concentration camp where she was imprisoned.  The first place was to an old lady who worked in the bakery.  She would give Luba a loaf of bread, and Luba would then give each child a half piece.  She would also be given some soup from the kitchen.  Every day she would have just enough food for the kids.  When the winter came, most of the kids got sick and she had to nurse them.  She sometimes had to trade a bit of bread for a little bit of medicine.  She saved these children until the Allied soldiers came and rescued the prisoners.  Then she took all the children back to their home country of Holland.

Recommended By: Alessia, Grade 4​



Title: Terry   Author: Douglas Coupland

This is a true story of a real life hero!  Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg in the summer of 1958.  As Terry grew he got faster and faster at running.  Terry himself got cancer in his leg.  He had to get his leg amputated, and he used a metal brace and prosthetic leg.  But this did not stop Terry from running.  Then he started running marathons, and decided to raise money for cancer research by running across Canada.  He started in Newfoundland, and kept running an entire marathon every day.  One day in Ontario, Terry did not feel good and he needed to get picked up and taken to the hospital.  On June 28, 1981 at 4:35 am with his family at his side, Terry passed away.  I like how he never gave up and this is why I chose to write about Terry Fox, a Canadian hero.

Recommended By:  Abby, Grade 5​



Title: Elsie MacGill           Author: Elizabeth MacLeod

The true story about Elsie MacGill is inspiring!  From 1938 to 1943 Elsie MacGill was a chief aeronautical engineer at a Canadian Car and Foundry factory which was commissioned to build Hawker Hurricane fighter planes during the Second World War.  MacGill helped build 1451 planes and she designed a winter version with skis so these planes could land in Russia.  Elsie was known as "The Queen of the Hurricanes" and was the world's first woman (in Canada) to receive a degree in electrical engineering.  The women pilots that she inspired were also called aviatrix.   This story of a Canadian hero is interesting to me because she wanted to follow her dreams and even though it was unusual for a woman to build and design planes, she never gave up!

Recommended By: Daniel, Grade 5


Title: Walt Disney    Author:  Marie Hammontree 

This is the story of Walt Disney.  Walt was born in 1901 and he passed away in 1966.  During WW1 he drove a Red Cross ambulance in France.  Walt was also the first ever voice of Mickey Mouse,;now isn't that cool?  He won the most Oscars ever.  He had over twenty-two awards over various categories.  It was December 5, 1910, Walt's ninth birthday.  He didn't expect anybody to celebrate because there were too many more important things to do.  This had been a hard year for all the farmers around Marceline.  Their crops had been fine but the buyers had been few.  Mr. Disney, Walt's father, needed Walt and his brother to make money by selling newspapers.  This was very hard, cold work for Walt.  Later, when Walt wanted to be an artist, Mr. Disney didn't approve.  But Walt followed his dreams anyways.  At the end of this life, Walt Disney created not only Disney studios and an amazing number of movies, but he also had build the Disneyland theme parks.

Recommended By:  Liam, Grade 5​


 Title: Luba     Author: Michelle McCann

This story describes a real life hero.  This story must be told.  Luba was a Jewish woman.  In World War 11 Luba and her son were taken away to different camps by the Nazi soldiers.  One night she was sleeping and heard some noises outside.  When she went outside to check she found 54 children that had been taken away from their families, just like her son.  So she helped them and treated them like her own and cared for them.  She risked her life everyday to get food for the children from the other side of the camp and had to sneak the food past the guards.  She got just enough food for everybody, but when the war was over she would take the children back to their home country, Holland.  50 years later then children came back together to surprise Luba!  This is a great story and an amazing hero!

Recommended By: Nevaeh, Grade 5


Title: Malala Yousafazai    Author: Jenni L Wlash

Malala was the youngest woman to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.  I think she was a big risk taker and that is the number one thing to do if you want to be a leader.  At first, she wanted to be a doctor, but when the Taliban came to her country, everything changed.  This started at Swat Valley.  A man named Fazlullah started to talk on the radio.  People called him Radio Mullah.  Fazlullah wanted everyone to obey his version of Islam.  The Taliban stopped schools from accepting girls.  So Malala started to write for the BBC.  She wrote in secret because she was in danger.  Her code name was Gul Makai.  At first it was a secret but after a while, she told everyone she was Gul Makai.  One day a Taliban man came on her school bus and shot her in the head.  After that she recovered in hospital, and later she won the Nobel Peace Prize and created Malala Day.  She now lives safely in Birmingham, England because there is too much risk for her to go back to Pakistan.  On Malala Day she goes to other places to help other girls be treated equally. 

Recommended By:  Ashvina, Grade 4​​


Title: Sidney Crosby    Author: Danielle LeClair

Sidney Crosby is a professional hockey player.  He is one of the best players in the NHL.  Sidney Crosby loved to play hockey while growing up.  Soon people noticed his skills on the ice and Sidney Crosby got older people compared to him. Even well-known Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky was compared to Sidney.  Sidney Patrick Crosby was born on August 7, 1987 in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.  Crosby's dad Troy was a hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens (drafted but he never played with the team).  Sidney Crosby's father coached him.  Soon he became known as a skilled hockey player.  By the time he was sever years old, Crosby was giving interviews to local sports reporters.  He is so well loved in Canada for helping win Olympic gold medals for our country.

Recommended By:  Haiven, Grade 4


Title: Luba    Author: Michelle R. McCann

Luba is one of the biggest change makers all over the world, for what she has done is amazing!  If you are unfamiliar with Luba, she saved 54 kids and risked her own life for these children that weren't hers.  This all started in World War 11, 1939.  She was imprisoned in a concentration camp.  One cold night in 1944 she had heard little children saying "Mama" over and over again outside the barracks.  She snuck out of bed and went outside to find children huddled up in a tiny group to keep warm on this cold winter night.  She let them inside and since that night she risked her life by getting them food for the rest of that winter and spring.  Finally, Allied soldiers rescued Luba and the children and she helped them get back to their home country, Holland.  If you would like to learn more and be inspired by Luba, you should check out this book!

Recommended By: Kiarra, Grade 5


Title: Wilma Rudolph    Author: Kathleen Krull

Wilma Rudolph was born in Clarksville, Tennessee.  Wilma got polio when she was five years old.  She was in a very large family.  As Wilma got older she learned to walk.  After a while, Wilma got into basketball.  Wilma Rudolph led her basketball team to victory.  After a long time, Wilma finally lost.  Although a college coach was at the game and admired the way she ran.  The college coach offered Wilma to be on his college track and field team.  Wilma was able to get on the US Olympic team in 1960.  She was getting ready for her big race but she twisted her ankle badly.  In Wilma's big race she focussed very hard and tried not to think about her ankle.  When the race started Wilma ran faster than she even had before.  Wilma was in first for a long time, but near the end of the race two people caught up to her and pulled ahead.  Wilma was in third and they were almost to the finish line.  Then Wilma started to catch up and then she was in second and eventually, Wilma was back in first.  It was close, but Wilma used all the speed left in her and crossed the finish line first!  Wilma continued to win and from there on, Wilma was the best female raced in the country.  She accomplished a lot of things including being a 3 time gold medal olympic althete.

Recommended By:  Lucas, Grade 5


Title: Elsie MacGill                 Author: Elizabeth MacLeod

Elsie MacGill is one of Canada's national treasures!  She was born in Vancouver in 1904 and even from a young age she loved seeing how machines worked.  She pursued her goal of becoming an aeronautical engineer.  In the early years, Elsie was home schooled to copy what her older brothers were learning.  She was very smart.  Elsie MacGill went to the University of Toronto's Bachelor of Applied Sciences program in 1923.  Elsie worked as a junior engineer and learned about a lot of engines.  Elsie contracted polio but worked to recover so she could work at her job again.  She got the nickname Queen of the Hurricanes by helping build military planes for the British army.  Elsie was an amazing woman.

Recommended By: Kaaren, Grade 4


Title: Luba    Author: Michelle McCann

This real life World War 11 hero saved fifty-four cold children from the cold in a Nazi concentration camp.  Luba heard them crying one night, and she left her barracks  and snuck out to get the kids.  She risked her life just for these children.  Every day Luba left the children to go and find food and medicine.  She had to sneak past the guards.  The kids would sit in front of the door worried for Luba and to see if she would get caught by the guards.  But Luba always came back safe and sound with food and medicine for the kids.  In the Spring of 1945, 2 children died from illness, but Luba was able to save the rest.  To help celebrate Luba's birthday, the kids saved their bread and didn't eat much for 2 days, and then traded that bread for a red scarf.  The youngest child used the bottom of her dress to make a pretty present  After another month or two, Allied soldiers came to free the prisoners.  Luba took them back to their homes in Holland.  After many years Luba returned to see them.  She is an amazing, real life HERO. 

Recommended By:  Josie, Grade 5​​


Title: Robert Munsch    Author: Chelsea Donaldson

Robert Munsch is a famous Canadian author.  He made a book about a mud puddle and a girl and a dog.  The first book he wrote was Mortimer.  He worked at a daycare and liked to tell stories.  Kids all over Canada love to read his funny books! 

Recommended By:  Benney, Grade 5​​​


Title: Sidney Crosby    Author: Danielle Le Clair

This Canadian  is the best NHL player in the country.  He has been playing since he was a little boy and started being interviewed as an important hockey player from the age of 7!  He was born in 1987 in Nova Scotia, and because his dad, Troy, was a good hockey player (drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, but never played an NHL game), he coached Sidney from a very young age.   Sidney Crosby's family had to work extra jobs to get enough money to help him play hockey.  He was also targeted by other players because he was the best one.  He got hit a lot more than any other player to try and stop him from scoring goals.  When he was 14, he scored 217 points in one season!  When he joined the Major Juniors, he won the top rookie award.  At 16 he helped Canada win the World Juniors.  He was draftd by the Penguins at 17, and he was the youngest player to score 102 points in his first season.  He is a great Canadian for helping Canada win Olympic gold medals.  He is my favorite hockey player and I've followed him since I was the age of 3.  I've been wanting to play hockey since I was three, and this is because of Sidney Crosby.

Recommended By:  Luka, Grade 4​


Title: Vincent van Gogh    Author: Catherine Nichols

Vincent van Gogh is a very famous Dutch painter.  He is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of art; however he only sold mone painting while he was alive!  Vincent struggled with mental illness, and he was very poor.  But perhaps this helped him create a unique style of painting.  In 1880 he decided to become an artist.  Vincent was in the hospital on June 1889 he decided to take the time to paint the beautiful city out his hospital window.  This same year he painted the famous Sunflowers painting.  Vincent van Gogh cut off his own ear just because he had an argument with his friend Gauguin. It was really sad because after a week he had to go back to the hospital.  When Vincent was in the hospital, he wanted to do something.  He ended up painting "The Starry Night" from his hospital room which shoed the roofs of houses, distant mountains, trees and shining stars.  After he died at the age of 37, the world started to understand his great talent I love his artwork and it inspires me to learn how to paint.

Recommended By:  Ashton, Grade 4​


Title: Luba    Author: Michelle McCann

A girl that helped lots of kids deserves to be remembered.  There was a woman named Luba.  She married someone and had a baby boy.  Then Nazi soldiers took Luba and the rest of her family from their farm.  The guards took Luba to a concentration camp and put her where other women were.  She started crying because she kept on thinking about her son and her husband who were taken somewhere else.  One night in 1944 she woke up because she thought she heard her son crying.  So she snuck outside and saw a lot of children huddled together in the cold winter night.  She decided to bring them into her barracks and raise them like they were he own son.  The other women helped her with all the kids.  Every day Luba was trying to find enough food to feed 54 kids.  They worried when she left the barracks, but she always came back with bread, soup, even some sausage!  2 kids died from illness during that long winter.  Eventually British soldiers came and said they were free.  Luba left with the 52 children and helped them get back to Holland where they tried to find their families.  I hope you like this inspiring true story and decide to read this book.

Recommended By:  Brandon, Grade 4​


Title: Wilma Unlimited    Author: Kathleen Krull

Wilma Rudolph was an African-American.  She was born in 1942 and was not a strong, healthy baby.  She had a really large family, and her brothers and sisters helped look after Wilma.  At 5, she got polio and she could not walk, run, or jump like she enjoyed.  Her mom took her to the hospital every week, and had to ride 50 miles on a bus because the hospital in her town would not treat African Americans.  Eventually she learned how to walk again, first she used a brace, but later she took it off and was able to run and jump all by herself.  She loved playing basketball, and carried her high school team all the way to the finals.  Even though Wilma's team lost, she was selected by a coach from university to come and join the track and field team.  Wilma went to college, the first in her family!  She even became an Olympic runner, and won 3 gold medals for the USA!  I love this story.  Because I love running, too, Wilma's story inspires me to keep running, and keep trying even if something is really hard.

Recommended By:  Ethan, Grade 4​


Title: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.    Author: David Adler

Born January 15, 1929 Martin Luther King, Jr. was an African American in the southern United States.  He did not get treated equally as other white Americans did.  He hated this unfairness.  When this true hero grew up, he started giving speeches to help encourage a change in the laws.  He helped organize the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama after Rosa Parks was arrested.  For over 1 year, African Americans in that city stayed off the buses until they would be allowed to sit anywhere, not just the back.  Finally, the law was changed.  In 1963 Dr. King gave a famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.  In that speech he said, "all men are made equal".  Thanks to him, the laws were changed, and African Americans could get equal treatment.  This is a true, inspiring hero and I love how he risked his life to bring equality to others.

Recommended By:  Jason, Grade 5​


TitleLeading The Way – A Collection of Biographies – Terry Fox .    Author: Frances Bacon 

Research: Wikipedia ​

Terry Fox was born on July 28, 1958 and he died June 28, 1980.

Terry Fox grew up in Port Coquitlam, BC. Terry Lost his leg when he was 18 years old to bone cancer. His dream was to run across Canada for cancer research. It was called the Marathon of Hope. The Marathon of Hope began on April 12th, 1980 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Terry Fox wanted to run to Vancouver Island from St. John’s Newfoundland. He ran about 42 kilometers (26 miles) each day. Terry Fox ran a total of 5373 kilometers before stopping in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

August 31st, 1980 near Thunder Bay, Ontario. He had to stop running because the bone cancer went to his lungs. Terry Fox died on June 28, 1981. He was 22 years old. Terry Fox more than twenty-four million dollars for cancer research. Every year 58 countries, more than 1.5 million people run jog or cycle for cancer research.

Terry Fox is a hero to Canada. ​

Recommended By:  Lennox, Grade 4


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