JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD GOLD STANDARD SELECTION 2023
A moving illustrated biography of the late Joe Delaney, an NFL star in the making who valued helping others above all else
On the football field, Joe Delaney possessed all the qualities of a great running back. He was fast with keen instincts, a burst of red and gold as he sprinted toward the end zone for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Off the field, he embodied the qualities of a great person: generous, hard-working, humble, and honest. Helping people was simply second nature to Joe.
In 1983, on a summer's day in Louisiana, Joe Delaney gave his life trying to save three children from drowning in a pond. While others stood by, Joe didn't hesitate before rushing into the water, though he was not a strong swimmer himself. Now, football fans of all teams honor his legacy as an extraordinarily brave young man who cared fiercely for his community.
Written with the support of the Delaney family, Heroic Heart is a lushly illustrated, lyrical story of selflessness and courage. Adults and children alike will learn about the remarkable life of this compassionate NFL star.
Frank Murphy is a writer and teacher. He is the author of books for children including A Boy Like You, A Girl Like You, A Friend Like You, and Fearless Heart, in addition to many historical biographies for early readers.
Charnaie Gordon is an expert on diversity in children’s literature, founder of @hereweeread, and an author of books including A Friend Like You and Lift Every Voice and Change. She lives in Weatogue, Connecticut.
Anastasia Magloire Williams is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Atlanta.