James Valitchka

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James Valitchka is a Canadian American motivational speaker and author. Valitchka wrote his first novel, Superheroes Don't Have Dads, at eight years old. When he was ten years old he became an anti-bullying advocate and motivational speaker, as well as a goodwill ambassador for literacy. Valitchka has published eight books.[1]


Valitchka is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, with a father from Wisconsin and mother from Ontario. He started writing at the age of five, dictating his ideas and stories to his mother. His book Superheroes Don't Have Dads was published when he was nine years old. and received media coverage from CNN, CTV National News, CBC National News, and Global TV National News, as well as Making a Difference with Susan Hay.[2][3][4]

Valitchka has written seven children's books and one novel for youth and adults. His novel Superheroes Don't Have Dads addresses issues of single parent homes, self-esteem, and bullying.[5]

In 2008, Valitchka founded Global Youth United for Success,[6] a volunteer run organisation seeking to support and motivate young people.


  • Superheroes Don't Have Dads: A novel about an eight-year-old boy who is angry and sad because he does not have a dad in his life. He is bullied and then becomes a bully himself before he decides to change his life and behavior for the better.[7]
  • I'm Not Brown, I'm Human: A book about the need to accept other races, cultures, colours, and religions.[8][full citation needed]
  • Greater Expectations: A book for teens launched for Black History Month on January 27, 2008.[9][full citation needed]
  • Free To Be Me: A novel about a seven-year-old boy whose teacher believes he has ADHD.
  • Locked Up Mysteries: Novel about four courageous nine-year-old boys who are 2004s Hardy Boys.
  • I Love Grandpa: A novel about seven-year-old James who learns about love and courage when his grandfather becomes ill
  • Jess and Cade's Spy Mission: A novel about Jess and her an annoying stepbrother named Cade who race to solve a mystery
  • May Be I'll Be A Pastor: A young boy and girl wonder aloud "whether there really is a God". They run away from home to find the answer, only to find God in the process.


  • International Diamond Award "Most Inspiring Youth of the Decade"[10]
  • International Diamond Award "Barack Obama Influencer Award"[11][12]
  • Province of Ontario's June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to him by Premier Dalton McGuinty on April 28, 2008.[13]
  • New York's Brightest New Novel Award for addressing child abuse as one of the many issues and other challenges facing children and youth.[14][not in citation given]
  • Ottawa Civic Appreciation Award for Education, which was presented to him in Ottawa in 2008.[15]


  1. National Library Archives, Wellington Street, Ottawa and http://www.jamesvalitchka.com Archived May 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine under "References".
  2. CTV National News at 11:00 pm, May 9, 2005
  3. http://www.top20under20.ca Archived December 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Top 20 under 20
  4. http://www.diamondaward.ca/awards-ceremony.html[permanent dead link] Diamond Awards
  5. Harris, Kris:Teen to give anti-bullying talk at local school, Jan. 24, 2008, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2008. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)[dead link]
  6. http://www.globalyouthunitedforsuccess.com Archived July 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  7. Canada Books Online[dead link]
  8. Mary Ellen Mason: AETQ, April 2007
  9. James Valitchka's Stand Tall and Speak Out speech at OISE on April 16, 2008, Toronto
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 22, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 22, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/02/07/pride_swells_in_black_history_month.html
  13. April 29, 2008[citation needed] "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2008. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) And Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, TORONTO, Apr 29, 2008 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX), http://www.zibb.com/article/3146335/The+June+Callwood+Outstanding+Achievement+Award+for+Voluntarism
  14. http://www.metowe.org AND http://www.dosomething.org
  15. Volunteers honoured at seventh annual Civic Appreciation Awards ceremony, May 7, 2008,"Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2008. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) And http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/volunteerservices/civic_appreciation/volunteer_recognition_2008_en.html

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