How to Be a Hero: From A to Z teaches children ages 2-5 the qualities of true heroes.

Written in honor of Reid Nishizuka and featuring original artwork from John O'Neill, How to Be a Hero encourages readers to be heroes every day.

Proceeds from book sales help support the Reid Nishizuka Mentorship Award at the University of Notre Dame.

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About the Author and Illustrator

Image courtesy of the artist

Image courtesy of the artist

Baltimore born and life-long Maryland resident John O’Neill is a professional artist whose art explores the local scenery so abundant in “America in Miniature”.

A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, John began his professional career as a layout artist for the Baltimore Sun. He has since worked as an art teacher in Anne Arundel County Schools, built a graphic design business, and created an impressive portfolio of portraits, Maryland landscapes, and boating scenes. Several trips to Ireland rounded out the portfolio with representations of Ireland’s quaint beauty.

Retired now, John continues to pursue his art producing one lovely piece after another. An early riser and ardent golfer, his art beautifully reflects the quiet nuances of each day’s sunrise and the glory of its greeting.

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Lynn Daue is an American author and blogger.

Her work focuses on the intersection between personal responsibility and personal development with a decidedly positive spin on the future. She believes in living on purpose—both in the sense of "I meant to do that" and "this is what I was meant to do."

Lynn's publications include Release & Refine: How to Clear Your Schedule, Find Your Priorities, and Spend Your Time on Purpose and Lucky Pitch: The Publishing Guide for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Grow Their Audiences (and Their Incomes!). In addition to her own publications & courses, Lynn has contributed to Verily Magazine, YFS Magazine, and

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Lynn is based in Maryland.

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