Resource Materials

Inspire Young Heroes

I’ve compiled these resources – videos, articles, and more – with teachers and parents in mind. They can be used in the classroom or at home to inspire the young heroes in your life.


Classroom Materials

I’m delighted to provide a set of our Young Heroes Materials for educators to help teach students what it means to be a hero. The free packet includes educational materials and the Dream Big documentary DVD.


Educational Materials


  • Informational flyer about Dream Big
  • Young Heroes Activity & Discussion Guide
  • Heroes Bibliography
  • Results of a recent national survey about teens’ heroes
  • Barron Prize Brochure


Dream Big: The Inspiring Young Heroes of the Barron Prize
This documentary DVD profiles a diverse group of passionate young people who are making the world a better place. Learn more by watching the Dream Big trailer below.


  • Profiles of seven heroic young people
  • A special interview with Jane Goodall
  • Narration by author T.A. Barron


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Dream Big Trailer


Articles, Interviews, & Media Coverage

A Future So Bright
Sierra Club Magazine — October 26, 2016
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Barron Prize encourages youths who ‘make the world better’
Christian Science Monitor — September 21, 2015
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What ELSE do you do?: Five questions for T. A. Barron
Horn Book – Read Roger Blog — April 9, 2015
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Youth Perspective: Sustainable Innovation for the World
Thomson Reuters Sustainability — April 2015
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The Power of Young People to Change the World
Dream of a Nation Anthology — May 2011
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4 Tips to Discover Your Child’s Inner Hero Blog, Jamie Lee — November 2010
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The Importance of Heroes
Penguin Youth Voices, T. A. Barron — April 2009
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Author Hopes to Inspire a Hero in Every Child
Hawken School News — March 2007
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Everyday Heroes: T.A. Barron’s Trail Leads Youth to Find Their Own Strong Examples
Children & Libraries, Sharon Korbek — Spring 2004
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Check out this playlist of videos that I hope will help answer the question “What does it mean to be a hero?” The collection includes a video featuring Jane Goodall.


And here are two videos about heroes made by students at a school in Ohio.


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