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Four great books that help inspire change

These powerful reads show kids how they really can shape the world.

I am so excited to share these inspiring books about ways kids can and do make a difference in their communities. The power and impact of young voices should never be underestimated, and should be nurtured and encouraged. These four titles are only a small sample of what is available in your local and independent bookstores to educate and inspire young people.

Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race
by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli; illustrated by Isabel Roxas
This accessible board book provides an excellent starting point for conversations about race.  Our Skin provides an important opportunity for both adults and young children to learn and understand the importance of discussion, helping increase awareness of the formation of bias and stereotypes. Early conversations about race will encourage young voices to speak up about racial injustices.

Rise Up and Write It
by Nandini Ahuja; illustrated by Anoosha Syed
Rise Up and Write It is the story of young Farah Patel, who is determined to see an empty lot developed into a community garden for her neighborhood. As Farah pursues her goal, the reader can unfold her letters, petitions, posters and postcards, located in sturdy envelopes that serve as pages in the book. With each step, Farah gets closer to providing a beautiful green space for her community.

Old Enough to Save the Planet
by Loll Kirby; illustrated by Adelina Lirius
Old Enough to Save the Planet uses full-page spreads to showcase one child – and a small group of kids – who have made a difference in all parts of the world with their passion and commitment. This book is full of concrete examples of what can be done to make a difference and how to help empower young activists at home or at school.  

Taking on the Plastics Crisis
by Hannah Testa; illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky
Taking on the Plastics Crisis is a small but mighty book chronicling the efforts of 18-year-old Hannah Testa to reduce single-use plastic and its effect on the ocean. Hannah writes about her efforts from the age of 10 to inspire change, but then the single-use plastic crisis becomes her passion: She researches, advocates and inspires real change. Hannah provides concrete steps to help thwart the crisis and also shows us you are never too young to make an impact.

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About the Author

Rene Holderman

Rene Holderman is the children's book buyer at Third Place Books.