Skip to main content

Book Review: Heroes for My Son

Since I have two young sons, I’ve become obsessed with books geared toward raising boys & molding boys into men of honor. Meltzer manages to drill down to the essence of each historical figure to highlight the core value of each.

Since I have two young sons, I’ve admittedly become obsessed with books geared toward raising boys, molding boys into men of honor and generally giving me parenting tools to keep in my back pocket.

Brad Meltzer’s Heroes for My Son does not disappoint, although I’ll have to save it for when my boys are closer to fifth or sixth grade. The actual concept of the book isn’t anything terribly new--a list of historical figures for kids to emulate--but Meltzer manages to drill down to the essence of each figure. This is something that requires a little maturity for kids to grasp.


For example, Steven Spielberg isn’t highlighted for his enormous producer status, but for being a visionary. He established the Shoah Foundation “to ensure that the atrocities committed during the Holocaust could never be denied” and videotaped “nearly fifty-two thousand...testimonies from Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended for You

Clara Hale is someone most people haven’t heard of, but she ran Hale House in Harlem, NY. She began by raising foster children and went on to raise infants suffering from drug withdrawals and HIV/AIDS. When she died at age eighty-seven, “Clara had helped raise almost one thousand children of every race and ethnicity.”

Each person’s story is only a one-page snippet of a full life, pared down to deliver a small lesson in love; endurance; belief; strength; courage; leadership; hope.

It’s a little tough to digest as a cover-to-cover read, but would be perfect to read together, one story per night. Or, if you have a teen who’s past reading books together, you could leave this near the privy and let it serve as “quiet time” reading. Each snapshot easily creates enough curiosity to drive your kid to Google more information.

It’s awesome and scary to think of the endless possibilities for our boys; our girls. How they could one day be a Hero. We try every day to exude our feelings as parents, but maybe they’ll not know our love until they’re parents themselves. As Meltzer’s mom said at the birth of her first grandchild, “Now you’ll understand how I love you.”



Raising Boys to Be Men

Genderless kids and gender wars are from crazy town. I want to raise my boys to be strong men. Here's my plan: Raising Boys to Be Men


Favorite Kids Books

When I was pregnant, here's what I wanted: Red-headed babies who would grow up to love reading. Alas, my boys don't have red hair, but so far they love to read. Here are our current favorite books.

charlie and lola slightly invisible

Giveaway: "But Excuse me that is MY book.." (Contest Closed)

In the Birthday Book spirit, we know how to share the book love at TodaysMama! Leave a comment telling us a favorite book you’ve shared with a child. One winner will be selected to receive a Charlie & Lola Gift Pack.


Gulliver's Travels Review

While Jack Black, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt are all very personable and sweet in the flesh, the real question remains: Is Gulliver's Travels worth seeing on Christmas Day?

MamaResources: Favorite Product Review Sites

Isn’t it nice to know the pros and cons of a product before you buy it? This month, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite product review sites. We guarantee it’ll save you time, bring back your sanity and boost your buying confidence. Happy Shopping!


He's Not Mine

Mary was driving her car and thinking about her son. She heard a very clear voice say, “Mary, I made Andrew for music. Not for school.” And with that, Mary and Steve pulled Andrew out of public school. They home-schooled him for three years and were able to work in a great amount of music education for him. And he thrived.

The Day the Babies Crawled Away

Favorite Books for My Kids

We have books everywhere in our house. In baskets by every couch, on shelves in rooms, in the toy room, in the basement, books litter our house. And I love it.


Blogger Review Board: Mini Monsters

Think monsters are only for Halloween? The Crafty Crow shares fun ideas for making the monstrous most out of the new Cricut cartridge, Mini Monsters.