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 invite all educators to order a free packet of materials for use in your classroom. These packets include posters, bookmarks, reader guides, and the T. A. Barron video collection. Also included in the packets are materials to help start conversations with students about the concept of heroes, including The Hero’s Trail study guide.

I’ve also included some of the most relevant materials related to heroes available for download here, so you can get started using them in your classroom right away!

  • Informational flyer about Dream Big [Download]
  • Young Heroes Activity & Discussion Guide [Download]
  • Heroes Bibliography [Download]
  • Barron Prize Brochure [Download]

Both the Dream Big documentary and T. A. Barron video collection (which includes several other videos on heroes) are available for download and to stream in your classroom.


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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