National Geographic Kids: The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines {Book Set GIVEAWAY}

It's no secret, we can't get enough of reading books in our home. I especially enjoy ones that provide an extra learning experience for my son. Even at his young age, he really enjoys opening up books with real photography of historical figures, science, nature, etc. Give him a National Geographic, a ZooBook, or even an encyclopedia and he is all set! With us beginning to take on our homeschooling journey, I couldn't be anymore pleased with his eagerness to learn. That's why I'm loving our new set of books from National Geographic Kids called The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines.

Children just love superhero characters. My son is crazy about Larryboy, Ricochet and all the other VeggieTales superhero aliases. Just recently, I also shared how excited we were to be able to create my son's very own superhero cape. With so many fictional superhero characters out there, it's nice to show kids that there are also real life heroes all around us.

Both The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines include a gorgeous hard cover design with pages and pages of amazing photography, along with tons of educational facts, stories, and other tidbits about heroes and heroines from way back in history all the way up until today.

Because heroes and heroines do all sorts of extraordinary things, each book is conveniently divided up into different subjects/categories. This keeps information organized and easy to follow along to:

  • Leading Men/Leading Ladies
  • Legendary Lads/ Legendary Ladies (Mostly fictional characters in this chapter.)
  • Game Changers/ Gritty Girls
  • Heroes for Hire/ Heroines on the Job
  • Action Heroes/Daring Dames
  • Inspiring Minds/Ladies in Lab Coats
  • Peach Heroes/Peace Heroines
  • Outstanding Animals


The surprising part about these books is that you're not only going to find the more obvious past/present figures, but there are a lot of others that we were introduced to, that I wasn't even aware of. It was also nice to see some familiar faces included like Sacagawea, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jane Austin, William Wallace, Sally Ride, Harriet Tubman, Ann Frank, and even iconic sports legends such as Lou Gehrig and Manon Rhéaume. Other people who really shined in these books included Ben Underwood, a blind boy who, while alive, used echolocation to teach himself how to play basketball. and ride a bike, as well as Rhonda Crosswhite, a sixth grade teacher who saved her students from a destructive tornado by shielding them with her body, as the school building was being torn apart and debris came flying at them. 

Some personally touched an emotional chord, like the heroes of September 11–these included the firefighters of Ladder 6, Lt. Brenda Berkman (1 of 25 female firefighters helping that day), and Rick Rescorla who bravely sung a song of moral as he led 2700 Morgan Stanley employees to safety before losing his own life in one of the towers.

The Reel Heroes section is pretty neat, because it discusses how actors who played heroes in movies have actually done their part to save the day in real life. Take Harrison Ford for instance. He actually conducts free search and rescue missions for climbers and hikers near his ranch. He even ended up saving a 13-year old boy who got lost in Yellowstone National Park. Go Han Solo...oops, I mean Mr. Ford! 

There's also a section in the back of both books that highlights the feathered and furry heroes out there! Being animals lovers, we especially enjoyed these sections. There were a lot of amazing stories, but one that stuck out was the one about a female gorilla named Bintu Jua. A three year old boy had fell into the gorilla den at an Illinois zoo. Binti Jua saved his life by protecting him from the other gorillas. She cradled him in her arms and brought him safely over to the zookeeper's entrance for medical attention. Wow!

Since we are on the subject of heroes and heroines, I definitely want to share some of our personal role models. Of course, many of ours come from Biblical history. Without a doubt, Jesus is number one on our list! I would have loved to see him showcased in The Book of Heroes, because I think he definitely deserves to be there. Of course, there were also many heroines during those times, Mary, Jesus' mother, would have been a nice addition to The Book of Heroines, as well as Esther (Hadassah), from the Book of Esther.

National Geographic has been offering timeless treasures for as long as I can remember. I loved flipping though their books when I was a little girl, and now I can offer the same enjoyment to my own child. Both books in this collection are beautiful and make a wonderful addition to my son's educational library. Not only can these be read casually for extracurricular learning and entertainment, but they will definitely be a useful tool to add to his future curriculum.

If you are looking for holidays gifts for the little learners and book lovers in your life, then I definitely recommend picking this set up.

Interested in a chance at winning both books? National Geographic has offered me an additional set of books to give to one Our Everyday Harvest reader. For your chance to win both The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines, you can follow the Rafflecopter prompts, below, to enter! 


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