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How Kids are Saving the Planet
NF Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: environment, activism, responsibility
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 15/Sep/2010
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From the author of One Peace comes a new book of beautiful portraits and exciting profiles of ten young environmental activists from around the world. Janet Wilson's art captures the spirit of adventure, determination and hope that each of these children possess. They include Canadian Severn Cullis-Suzuki, who pioneered "pester power" - the idea that children must keep reminding their parents of what is at stake, and who at age twelve made one of the most rousing speeches at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. And fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba from Malawi, who realized that the strong winds in his country could be put to good use and so borrowed a book from his library, taught himself how to build a working windmill, and brought electricity to his village. And thirteen-year-old Sam Levin from the USA who helped found the organization Project Sprout, planting an organic vegetable garden that would eventually help feed an entire community. Full of environmental facts and advice, this book will inspire budding young eco-activists everywhere to start making a difference for their planet.

CM Magazine
"Anyone who doubts that a single individual—a kid, no less—can change the world should read this book…Our Earth would be great for sharing in a classroom and would likely spark some lively and thoughtful discussion. Interesting, educational, and most inspiring! Highly Recommended."
Quill & Quire
"Wilson's painted illustrations are warm and beautifully rendered...A beautiful picture book...about inspirational kids and important causes."
"Packed with inspiring, true-life stories...The spreads combine both paintings and photos of the young activists with brief, lively descriptions of their environmental work...Each story demonstrates the power of young individuals to create real and lasting change, and their calls to action along with frequent "how you can help" suggestions, will motivate young and old alike."
Resource Links
"This would be a helpful resource in supporting lessons in community, Earth Day, and ecosystems. The websites can be used for further research. This is a beautiful book that celebrate[s] heroic children. A great addition to a K-7 school library."
Canadian Children's Book News
"Wilson's blazing passion and hopefulness, and the stories of her truly amazing subjects, will undoubtedly inspire readers of Our Earth."
Canadian Teacher Magazine
"The children highlighted in this book were all environmentally aware and ready to take some kind of action. Each story provides the teacher with an opportunity to guide students to make connections to their own communities and to explore the concept of transformation as an effective reading strategy."


Booklist's Top Ten Books on the Environment for Youth  | 2011 | Commended
Canadian Science Writers' Association's Science in Society Book Awards nominee  | 2011 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books  | 2011 | Commended
Red Cedar Book Award nominee  | 2012 | Short-listed

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