Humane Heroes and Their Stories

Teach kids to read — and to be kind to animals at the same time — with Humane Heroes, a FREE new series of grade-appropriate e-books and companion curricula from Chicken Soup for the Soul and American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization.

Through 36 inspirational stories of animal rescue, rehabilitation, and humane conservation being performed at the world’s leading zoological institutions, and 18 lesson plans developed by teacher-trusted Resources for Learning and tied to ELA and Common Core standards, Humane Heroes provides highly engaging free reading materials that also encourage young people to appreciate and protect Earth’s disappearing species.

We believe that these stories deserve your attention. You can read the book descriptions of this 3-book series and download the eBooks by clicking the link of your preferred eBook provider below.

Some of the animals you’ll meet in Volume I, which is appropriate for young readers, are:

  • A puppy and a cheetah cub who grew up together
  • An adopted gorilla family
  • Some not-so-scary sharks

We recommend Volumes I and II for middle school readers. In Volume II, some of the animals and caregivers you’ll meet are:

  • Two orphaned bear cubs who find a home
  • A middle school class that used 3D printing to help a penguin
  • Elephants who helped doctors fight cancer in humans

All three volumes can be read by young adults and those who are older. In Volume III, you’ll meet these animals:

  • African elephants who were saved from slaughter
  • A gray whale who was heroically rescued
  • A lizard who scientists helped by making him a prosthetic foot
Humane Heroes Vol. I Humane Heroes Vol. II Humane Heroes Vol. III

If you can’t visit the facilities featured in these books, we encourage you to visit to find a facility that has been Humane Certified by American Humane.

Volume I

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Volume II

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Volume III

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