For parents, educators, and young heroes
      2017 Winners will be announced this fall!


We’ve compiled these resources – videos, articles, books, 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.


Everyone has a hero inside! In this brief video, author T. A. Barron talks about what makes a hero, the difference between heroes and celebrities, and the Barron Prize.

This trailer introduces a 45-minute documentary film, Dream Big, which profiles a diverse group of passionate young people who are making the world a better place.

This playlist of videos includes a commentary by Jane Goodall, interviews with T. A. Barron and previous winners of the Barron Prize, and more.

Everyone can be a hero! Children from a school in Ohio created this video using art that illustrates what being a hero means to each of them.


Casey Sokolovic is saving sea turtles with cookies, coffee and kayaks
The News & Observer — October 26, 2014
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Brooklyn Teen Awarded for Leadership in Climate Justice — October 26, 2014
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Teen with Cystic Fibrosis Wins National Award…
Cystic Fibrosis News Today — September 16, 2014
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Double amputee honored with Young Heroes award
Sun Sentinel — September 9, 2014
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The Hero’s Trail

We need our heroes, today more than ever. Not just celebrities, but real heroes — people whose character enables them to triumph over great obstacles. And to make a genuine difference to our world.

That is the core of this groundbreaking book. Combining moving profiles of heroic young people with insightful commentary, T.A. Barron eloquently shows that heroes can be lasting inspirations — trail guides on our journeys through life. [more]

The Wisdom of Merlin

From T. A. Barron comes a new non-fiction book that explores what is, perhaps, Merlin’s single greatest idea: Magic surrounds us and lives in every person.

The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life, expands on that idea. This book holds Merlin’s magical insights – including his seven most magical words – and how they apply to our own lives. [more]


We’re delighted to provide a set of our Young Heroes Materials for educators to use in exploring the concept of heroes with their students. Visit T. A. Barron’s website to download or order these complimentary materials for use in your library or classroom.

Dream Big:
The Inspiring Young Heroes of the Barron Prize

This documentary profiles a diverse group of passionate young people who are making the world a better place.

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

Educational Materials
The packet includes:
– The 45-minute DVD of Dream Big
– Informational flyer about Dream Big
– Young Heroes Activity & Discussion Guide
– Heroes Bibliography
– Results of a recent national survey about teens’ heroes
– Barron Prize Brochure


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News Room


The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.


Media inquiries and other questions:

Barbara Ann Richman

Executive Director

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