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5 Kids’ Books for Changing the World

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The Children’s Book Review | March 11, 2020

Learn to change the world with these five kids’ books perfect for raising young leaders! Inspire and encourage readers to grow ideas, chart their own courses, share their hearts, make a difference in their communities, and to become change-makers. The discovery of how small ideas can lead to a ripple effect beyond one’s wild imagination is so incredibly empowering. It’s so important that our children know that one person, no matter how small, can make an incredible difference in the world. Read on!

Emily’s Idea

Written by Christine Evans

Illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns

Most ideas start small, but with passion, they will grow. Sometimes they will grow bigger than we could ever imagine, connecting and uniting people for a greater good. There will always be some people that won’t understand an idea, but that’s okay. Persist! Emily’s Idea showcases how the simple concept of a paper chain of dolls that started in her home, unites kids from her classroom and eventually from all around the globe. The illustrations are absolutely darling, and the inclusion of instructions for making a chain of paper dolls is an absolute bonus!

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Sounds True | March 10, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-1683644163

I Will Be Fierce

Written by Bea Birdsong

Illustrated by Nidhi Chanani

I Will Be Fierce encompasses the empowering message that changing the world begins with a declaration to break away from the ordinary, stand up for your beliefs, build new bridges, and to make your voice heard. The magic in this title is that in all the fierceness, it manages to highlight the beauty in the quiet moments. Such as a visit to the library to “climb the mountain of knowledge” and “solve the mysteries of the unknown.” Both the text and illustrations leave readers invigorated and ready to chart their own course.

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Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Roaring Brook Press | April 23, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1250295088

Change the World Before Bedtime

Written by Mark Kimball Moulton, Josh Chalmers, and Karen Good

Changing the world doesn’t have to involve a grandiose idea; it can be as simple as everyday acts of kindness and good deeds. This picture book reminds us that sharing your heart is the key, and it’s filled with loads of ideas to get your young leader started. The illustrations have a lot to offer and fun speech bubbles that add to the rhyming text.

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Schiffer; 2nd edition | October 15, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-0764355813

Kids Who Are Changing the World

Written by Sheila Sweeny Higginson

Illustrated by Alyssa Petersen

Is it really possible for one kid to change the world? In this ‘Ready to Read’ book, readers are introduced to four kids who are making a difference in their communities with homelessness, bullying, clean water, and animal conservation. These examples are sure to inspire the next generation of leaders.

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Ages 6-8 | Publisher: Simon Spotlight | February 12, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1534432154

You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

Written by Caroline Paul

Illustrated by Lauren Tamaki

From New York Times bestselling author Caroline Paul, this compilation of inspiring stories, tips, and activities will appeal to any growing justice seekers, freedom fighters, and young activists. The layout, along with the scattered illustrations, make this one wholly and enjoyably digestible!

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Ages 10-12 | Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books | May 15, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1681198224

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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