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Can We Help? Kids Volunteering
to Help Their Communities.
By George Ancona. Illus. by the
author. 2015. Candlewick, $16.99
(9780763673673). Gr. 2–4.
Packed with color photos of kids
in action, this informational book
follows diverse children as they help
with real community projects, such
as knitting hats for homeless shelters,
packing bags at a food bank, clearing
litter from roads, and volunteering in
school mentorship programs. Ancona
describes how each program works
and how the children’s actions contribute to the overall mission.
For the Right to Learn: Malala
Yousafzai’s Story. By Rebecca
Langston-George. Illus. by Janna
Bock. 2015. Capstone, $27.99
(9781491460719). Gr. 2–4.
Part of the Encounter series, this
See also Jeannette Winter’s Malala,
picture-book biography recounts how
Malala fought for education for all—
particularly girls, who were banned
from classrooms—under the Taliban
rule of Pakistan. After the Taliban
shot Malala on her way to school,
her brave recovery and continued
activism made her the youngest
recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a
Brave Boy from Pakistan (2014).
Give a Goat. By Jan West Schrock.
Illus. by Aileen Darragh. 2008.
Tilbury, $7.95 (9780884483434).
Inspired by the book Beatrice’s Goat
(2001), by Page McBrier, about a
real-life girl in Uganda whose family receives a goat through Heifer
International, diverse students in a
fifth-grade classroom create a small
school business to raise money to
fund other animals for needy families
around the world. Details throughout
make this story a replicable activity
for young activists.
Hands around the Library:
Protecting Egypt’s Treasured
Books. By Susan L. Roth and
Karen Leggett Abouraya. Illus. by
Susan L. Roth. 2012. Dial, $16.99
(9780803737471). Gr. 2–4.
This stirring picture book, illus-
It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get
trated with patterned collages, tells
of young people’s role in leading the
Egyptian uprising. It reveals how,
during a protest, crowds of kids
joined hands with the library director
to protect the modern building and
its books and technology. Back mat-
ter includes Arabic translations of the
protest signs, facts about Alexandria,
and photos of the library that day. A
related title is Jeanette Winter’s The
Librarian of Basra (2005).
Inspired, and Get Going! By Chelsea
Clinton. 2015. Philomel, $18.99
(9780399176128). Gr. 5–9.
Activist and vice chair of the
Kids Who Are Changing the World.
Clinton Foundation, the author
invites readers to take a hard look at
the world and guides them in ways to
make it a better place. She helps read-
ers get informed through eye-opening
facts about topics as varied as poverty,
gender equality, the environment,
endangered species, and community
health. Each section ends with a list
of ways to improve these problems.
By Anne Jankéliowitch. 2014.
(9781402295324). Gr. 5–8.
Produced by the GoodPlanet
Foundation, this volume compiles
successful interventions to environmental problems undertaken by some
of the world’s most forward-thinking,
optimistic kids. Each story is styled as
an interview as it identifies the problem and walks readers through the
formation of a goal, the actions taken,
and the positive outcomes.
Making It Right: Building Peace,
Settling Conflict. By Marilee
Peters. 2016. Annick, $19.95
(9781554518104). Gr. 5–8.
The thought-provoking text introduces readers to restorative justice,
which focuses on building peace in
communities, rather than on punishment. Following a brief overview of
the modern U.S. justice system, it
includes fictional scenarios based on
actual events, and profiles of real child
activists around the world who are
practicing restorative justice in the
face of bullying, crime, and war.
Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf.
By Olivia Bouler. Illus. by the
author. 2011. Sterling, $14.95
(9781402786655). Gr. 3–6.
When an oil spill devastated
the Gulf Coast’s wildlife, budding
ornithologist Bouler, 11, wrote to
the National Audubon Society and
volunteered her help: she would draw
pictures for people who contributed
to the cleanup campaign. This book
features her charming illustrations,
with information about bird groups
and particular species.
Malala Yousafzai and her female
classmates attend school despite
outside pressures in For the Right to
Learn, by Rebecca Langston-George,
illustrated by Janna Bock.