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Seven Child Heroes We Respect (Don’t Forget to Check out #7!)

We started the #DearOrangeyTan hashtag when we heard from a few mothers who’d read our books. They had stories of kids rising above the hatred that followed people of color in America under Orangey-Tan. Although it broke our hearts to see the world we had made for our kids, we realized that there’s no better way to criticize this abomination than through the innocence of a child. Honestly, they’re way better leaders than we could ever hope to be. That got us thinking about our favorite child heroes and here’s what we came up with: 


1. Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai


When Malala was fifteen, she was shot in the head by the Taliban, an insurgent group in Afghanistan. She was targeted because she spoke out against the ban on education for girls that they imposed in her area. The attempt to take her life saw responses around the world pouring in, from governments and people alike, denouncing the Taliban. Since her recovery, she has gone on to bring global attention to the lack of educational opportunities available to millions of girls around the world. At 17, she is also the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner.


2. Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi


Yara used her platform as a prominent child actress in Hollywood to talk about issues like diversity representation in the media. She is the founder of Eighteen x 18, an organization that aims to encourage the youth to vote. She also recognized the importance of empowering women to pursue their education, by setting up Yara's Club. It organizes digital hangouts for high school students to congregate and talk about social issues and to seek mentorship to break out of poverty through education. 


3. Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg


This Swedish activist has become a household name through her efforts to spark action against climate change. Her journey began when she skipped school to protest outside the Swedish parliament which was later turned into a series of school protests. Her movement gained traction when she addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, where she called out major world leaders, asking them to take action. She has since been the youngest Time Person of the Year, and a role model for a multitude of student strikes around the world. She was also named PETA’s Youth Role Model of the year because of her stance on veganism.


4. Marley Dias

Marley Dias


At 11, Marley realized that all her mandatory book readings featured white children and didn’t espouse any diversity. She started a book drive, intending to collect 1,000 books that had black female protagonists to circulate among young girls. It was immensely successful, collecting over 9,000 books in a few months. They were sent to a Jamaican children’s book drive. The act gave birth to a lot of discourse about the representation of different minorities in literature as main characters, not merely supplementary ones. She even authored a book to guide potential children activists in 2018. 


5. Desmond Napoles

Desmond Napoles


Known by the stage name Desmond is Amazing, Desmond Napoles is a child drag performer and a prominent LGBTQIA+ activist. His work has been recognized by various social rights organizations and media outlets as an icon for children to embrace who they want to be. He has written a book titled Be Amazing: A History of Pride. He is also one of the youngest models ever to walk the ramp at the New York Fashion Week. 


6. Bana Al-Abed

Bana Al-Abed


At the height of the Syrian migrant crisis - one of the worst humanitarian crises of all time - seven-year-old Bana al-Abed did what most people around her were afraid of doing. Using her Twitter profile, she got the entire world's attention to how her hometown Aleppo was being ravaged by airstrikes and fighting. She tweeted about her fellow Syrians who were homeless, dying from hunger, and had lost their loved ones. Her bold hashtags such as #StandWithAleppo and #HolocaustAleppo went viral on Twitter and garnered support from millions. Now the author of the book Dear World: A Syrian Girl's Story of War and Plea for Peace in which she recounts her experiences living through the siege of Aleppo, Bana wants the world to pay heed to the devastation caused by the migrant crisis across the Middle East.


7. You!

Manimal Tales - Personalized Books


At Manimal Tales, we believe that every child has the potential to be their own hero. They just need to have the courage of their convictions and know that they have the power to stand up, not just for themselves, but also for those less able to stand up on their own. The dedication included in the Orangey-Tan book sums this up nicely:

May you always know right from wrong,
       May your convictions be just and strong,
       May you never be afraid to stand up and say:
       “No, no, this is just not OK.”

We firmly believe that no one should underestimate the power of just one child standing up for their beliefs, and the impact that a child can have on the world. Our list above proves that to be true!

Manimal Tales titles allow your kid to be the hero, and the manimals teach them to reach in, and unleash their inner fighter against objectively wrong situations. Our illustrations keep their interest piqued to the very end, and with each page they flip, their red cape is sure to grow longer, and their belief in themselves sure to grow stronger!

Who’s your favorite child-hero? Let us know!

General Questions

Manimal Tales is a publisher of beautifully illustrated personalized books. We have personalized books for children and adults. From birthday books to new baby tales, and from bedtime stories to ABC books, we have custom books for all occasions!

We even offer PhotoStories, our personalized picture books with photos.

At Manimal Tales, we fervently believe every child should be the hero of their own story!

Personalized books (or custom books as they are sometimes referred to) allow the reader to become the hero of the story - literally.

The main character in the story is the reader / receiver of the book, and is represented by an avatar that looks like them. There are usually lots of additional personalized details printed in the stories, including the receiver's name, age, family members and more.

Our PhotoStories offer a whole new level of personalization by allowing you to add your own photos into the story and have them printed out with the book.

Browse through our collection of custom books to see which ones work for your loved ones!

It's super easy to personalize your own book!

Browse through our collection of personalized stories and select the titles you want. On the product page, add the details required to personalize the book (name, age, family members, photos etc.). You can then preview the entire book before you buy, so you know exactly what you're going to get!

Once you're satisfied, add the book to your cart, enter your payment details and your unique, one-of-a-kind personalized book will arrive on your doorstep in 6 to 9 days!

The short answer is that it depends on the personalized book title in question!

All books will have your loved one as the main protagonist and their name will be printed on the book cover as well as in the story.

In some of our books like Dreamland and What Will I Be? the (the An ABC Story) your loved one's name is printed on every page.

In our Manimal Tales series, in addition to your child's name, you can select an avatar that looks like your child.

In our custom baby tales, Your Baby's Story and Your Baby's Story (Sibling version), you have to enter names and select avatars for the parents and the siblings as well.

And for our PhotoStories, you can further customize the books by uploading and adding your own photos directly into the book. The stories have been written to incorporate the photos as part of the story itself.

Whichever personalized book you do choose, we guarantee your loved one's will love our custom tales just as much as we do!

We have books for all ages and occasions! On the menu bar at the top of the page you can filter through our collections of personalized books by a variety of different criteria.

We have personalized books for:

- Birthdays

- New babies / baby showers

- Bedtime books

- Back To School / ABC books

- Seek & Find books

We also offer custom books with engaging stories about:

- Friendship and bravery

- Standing up for your beliefs

- Animal rights and adventure

We have personalized books across all ages:

- 0 to 3 years

- 3 to 6 years

- 6 years and above

- Adult stories

Lastly we have our PhotoStories, which allow users to upload photos and have them become part of the story!

- Happy Birthday Personalized PhotoStory

- Your Baby's Personalized PhotoStory

Nothing beats getting a book with your name on it!

Personalized books are treasured and loved by all, and make great keepsakes.

We offer custom books for all occasions, ensuring you will always find a book to meet your needs.

You can always reach us by filling out our Contact Form.

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