Category: Books for Young People
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2022 (Chicago, IL) - Loyola Press announces today that 10 Hidden Heroes (2021) has been awarded the prestigious Christopher Award in the category of Books for Young People. The 32-page hardcover children's book was written by New York Times best-selling author Mark K. Shriver, and illustrated by Laura Watson. This is Shriver's second Christopher award.
10 Hidden Heroes is a seek-and-find book with a positive message. The book identifies everyday heroes in neighborhoods and communities that children can relate to. They seek and find heroes who nurse others back to health, love the Earth, help the poor, care for animals, teach others to read, invent things, make peace, and more. The vibrantly illustrated book helps children develop counting skills and learn how they too can be heroes in day-to-day life.
"On behalf of the Christopher Awards, congratulations to Mark and Laura on creating such an entertaining and meaningful book for children." - Tony Rossi, The Christophers Director of Communications.
Since 1949, the Christopher Awards have annually saluted media (TV programming, feature films, books for adults and children) that affirm the highest values of the human spirit and reflect the Christopher motto, “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” Our goal is to encourage artists to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence large audiences in a positive way. To learn more about the history of the Christopher Awards or read about previous winners, visit TheChristophersBlog.org.
Praise for 10 Hidden Heroes
“Parents and children alike will love snuggling up to read this fun rhyming book, hunting down the heroic acts on every page, and talking about all of the ways ordinary people can make the world a better place. I can’t wait to share 10 Hidden Heroes with the kids in my life!”–Jennifer Garner, actress and producer
“10 Hidden Heroes teaches children about the people who make this world a better, safer, and more compassionate place. This book will not only get kids excited about seeking out real-life heroes in their day-to-day life, but inspire them to make a difference in their community, and even change the world.”–Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt
“The Gaffigan family loves Mark Shriver’s new children’s book, 10 Hidden Heroes and the way it highlights gestures of kindness, compassion, generosity and service as the truly heroic acts that they are. Young children will be mesmerized searching for and discovering the real heroes of everyday life among all the beautiful illustrations that reflect our communities populated by recognizable characters from all backgrounds, creeds and colors working together in service to each other to make the world a better place." - Jeannie and Jim Gaffigan
About the Author
Mark K. Shriver is the president of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School and the former president of Save the Children Action Network in Washington, D.C. Shriver created the Choice Program and is a former Maryland state legislator. His New York Times and Washington Post bestselling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 and received a 2013 Christopher Award. Shriver lives with his wife, Jeanne, and their three children, Molly, Tommy and Emma, in Maryland.
About the Illustrator
As a freelance illustrator working in Toronto, Laura Watson creates vibrant and whimsical illustrations for children's books, toys and puzzles, educational materials, magazines, and packaging. A graduate of Fine Arts at York University and Interpretive Illustration at Sheridan College, Laura lives in Toronto and Prince Edward County, Ontario, with her husband, teenage daughter and a big friendly coonhound named Red.
An apostolate of the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus, Loyola Press embraces the Jesuit passion for helping people find God in all things. We continue the Jesuit tradition of excellence and service by providing inspiring faith-filled content for children and adults and by being people for others.