National Children’s Day: We Can Be Heroes

Whether it's Batman or Wonder Woman, we all love stories about heroes. But there is something truly special about young heroes who follow their dreams, help others, and stand up for what they believe in. 

We've compiled a list of some of our favourite child heroes in fiction, let us know who yours are this #childrensday

Lyra Belacqua

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Lyra is as fearless as she is intelligent, making her a worthy hero even at the tender age of 13. Along with her daemon, Pan, Lyra journeys across worlds and fights terrifying enemies to protect the universe. Also known as Lyra Silvertongue, this special girl is the ultimate child hero.

Katniss Everdeen

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Starting as a lowly member of District 12, sacrificing herself to compete in the Hunger Games in her sister’s place, and ultimately overthrowing the tyrannical rule of the Capitol is no mean feat. But for our young hero, Katniss Everdeen, it’s all in a day’s work. 

Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

Harry Potter, also known as The Boy Who Lived, has become an iconic hero for our times. Always true to his friends, loyal to his family, and kind to everyone he meets, Harry has all the qualities a hero needs. He’s also brave to boot, encountering plenty of brushes with death at the hands of his arch enemy, Voldemort. 

Library members can listen to the audiobook here 

Matilda Wormwood

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is only six and a half years old, but she is definitely one of the best heroes fiction has to offer. With her scorching intelligence, Matilda manages to outwit the evil Miss Trunchbull. There aren't many little girls who have psychokinetic powers, but Matilda uses hers for good to help the lovely Miss Honey get her family home back.

Tracy Beaker

The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

With her wild imagination and rule-breaking ways, ten year old Tracy Beaker is brilliant because she is so resilient. Despite living in a care home, Tracy always manages to remain positive and make the best of situations. Tracy Beaker is one of Jacqueline Wilson’s most loved characters and it’s not hard to see why: she’s smart, sparky and fun, and with her can-do attitude, Tracy’s a true hero.

Mildred Hubble

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

The leading character in all The Worst Witch books, Mildred Hubble is not your typical hero, though she is a hero nonetheless. Despite being somewhat clumsy, and having questionable magic skills, Mildred has a strong character and always does her best. Mildred always saves the day somehow, even when she doesn’t mean to making her the ultimate inadvertent hero.