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How kids are Making a Difference
NF Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: activism, human rights, social justice
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 15/Sep/2014
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A girl who founded a charity for girls’ education, a boy who raised money with every baseball he could hit. True stories of children who opened up their hearts and minds to the unfairness of the world and decided to try and make a difference, because everyone deserves to be happy. Andrew Adansi-Bonnah from Ghana raised thousands of dollars for refugee children in Somalia after seeing their terrible situation on the news. Jonathan Lee from South Korea was given special permission to travel to North Korea to talk about the environment. Mimi Ausland from the USA, nicknamed “Dr. Doolittle,” started a website to collect donations for shelter animals. All of them are everyday heroes, and you can be one too.

Kirkus Reviews
"Themes of bullying, class bias and others may overlap with those in Wilson's previous work...but that doesn't make these stories any less inspirational. The swift portraits seize readers, leaving them not only wanting to know more, but to do more. An admirable effort to engage today's youth."
Gillian Richardson, CM Magazine
Wilson’s book has a clean, attractive design with a portrait and photos that readers can trust – they show the kids at work, on the spot, giving hope, making headlines... Our Heroes will be an excellent choice for discussions among young people anxious to right some wrongs.
Patricia Tilton, Children's Books Heal
[Wilson] beautifully captures each child’s spirit and tugs at my heartstrings. Our Heroes is inspiring, powerful and thought-provoking.
Rosemary Renton, ETFO Voice
As a teacher, I have been at a loss, at times, to know what to say when students want me to explain the injustice they see in the world. Our Heroes is an optimistic and empowering book for children who want to make a change.
Canadian Children's Book News
This is a wonderful book that can be used to inspire children and adults to treat each other with kindness and do what we can to help one another. The children in this book all followed different paths to make a difference, but the underlying message is that the path you choose is not important but the act of giving is.
Michelle Rennix, Teacher, Manheim Central Middle School, Kutztown University Book Review
The book is informative without being overwhelming....It is definitely inspiring, as well as refreshing to give students role models who are not just celebrities, but normal children that they can identify with.
Barbara A Ward, Literacy Daily
This book would be a wonderful introduction to community service or to teach students empathy as well as encouraging them to feel empowered and able to make a change in their own small corners of the world.

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Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Express Award  | 2016 | Short-listed

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