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Our Rights: How Kids Are Changing
the World. By Janet Wilson. Illus.
by the author. 2013. Second Story,
$18.95 (9781926920955). Gr. 4–7.
In this companion to Our Earth:
How Kids Are Saving the Planet
(2010), children and teens describe
a humanitarian cause that not only
concerns them but also sparked them
to take action. For instance, Ndale, an
11-year-old Congolese boy and for-
mer child soldier, now demonstrates
with children against conscription.
The book closes with accessible ways
for young readers to become activists.
Pay It Forward: Young Readers
Edition. By Catherine Ryan Hyde.
2014. Simon & Schuster/Paula
Wiseman, $7.99 (9781481409407).
The best-selling adult novel about
kindness, tolerance, and activism has
been reworked for a younger audience. Trevor McKinney is asked to do
a seemingly impossible assignment—
come up with an idea to change the
world and put it into action. His idea
is so simple that it might work: do
someone a favor and ask them to do
a favor for someone else instead of
paying it back.
Pocket Change: Pitching In for a
Better World. By Michelle Mulder.
2016. Orca/Footprints, $19.95
(9781459809666). Gr. 3–7.
With a focus on economic sustain-
The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary
ability, Mulder describes how the rise
of the Industrial Revolution led to
the rise of more income—and more
stuff. But while some have too much,
others live in poverty. This Footprints
volume presents alternative ways that
people around the world are making
ends meet and how children are help-
ing this cause.
Story of One Ordinary Bicycle.
By Jude Isabella. Illus. by Simone
Shin. 2015. Kids Can, $18.95
(9781771380232). Gr. 3–6.
After outgrowing his beloved bike,
Big Red, Leo, a North American
boy, donates it to an organization
that sends bikes to Africa. Alisetta,
an orphan in Burkina Faso, chooses
Big Red and uses it to earn money to
send her brother and sister to school.
Later, a medical clinic buys it and
transforms it into an ambulance.
Information about similar organizations concludes the story.
Taking Action to Improve People’s
Health. By Eric Braun. 2016. Lerner,
$33.32 (9781467793957). Gr. 3–7.
This entry in the Who’s Changing
the World? series offers short profiles
on kid, teen, and adult activists who
are working in the U.S. and around
the world to fight hunger, stop the
spread of disease, and raise awareness
for mental illness. Some of these issues
include reducing vehicle emissions
and barriers faced by people of color
in the area of mental health. Other
copublished titles in the series includes
Taking Action to Help the Environment
and Taking Action to Improve Schools.
Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea
Turtles in Costa Rica. By Cathleen
Burnham. 2016. Crickhollow, $18.95
(9781933987248). Gr. 3–5.
After observing a poacher flip a
12 Children Who Changed the
sea turtle and steal her eggs, young
Bianca runs back to her village on
Costa Rica’s Parismina Island to
alert the Tortuga Squad, a group of
kids who help the turtle get back to
the sea before the poacher returns.
Lightly fictionalized narratives tell of
Tortuga Squad members saving other
endangered species. Color photos
show these environmental activists in
World. By Kenya McCullum.
2016. Amicus/12-Story, $28.50
(9781632351463). Gr. 4–7.
Part of the Change Makers series,
this title introduces 12 remarkable
young people from Joan of Arc to
Ruby Bridges, as well as lesser-known names like Ryan White, who
put a young face on AIDS early in
the epidemic. Double-page spreads,
complete with sidebars and photos,
give the facts of their lives in digestible bites. A final spread offers
suggestions for how “you can make a
Crane Boy. By Diana Cohn. Illus. by
Youme Ladowne. 2015. Cinco Puntos,
$17.95 (9781941026168). Gr. 1–3.
As a boy named Kinga awaits the
return of the black-necked cranes to
his Himalayan village, he learns that
the crane population is diminishing.
After getting the idea to perform a
cranelike dance to celebrate his village’s archery team, he asks the local
monks about developing a crane
festival to spark interest in saving the
birds. Information about Bhutan and
the Crane Festival closes the story.
In Lucia’s Neighborhood. By
Pat Shewchuk. Illus. by Marek
Colek. 2013. Kids Can, $16.95
(9781554534203). PreS–Gr. 2.
Inspired by her grandmother’s
stories of urban activist Jane Jacobs,
young Lucia takes a walk with her
grandmother and begins to notice
the people, activities, jobs, cultures,
and beauty that make up her diverse
Alisetta, a West African
orphan, gets much use out
of a donated bicycle in The
Red Bicycle, by Jude Isabella,
illustrated by Simone Shin.