Kid Trailblazers: True Tales of Childhood from Changemakers and Leaders

Quirk. Aug. 2022. 224p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781683693017.
Gr 3-7–The future desperately needs younger generations to step up to the plate, bring about substantial change, and cause some “good trouble” as the venerable John Lewis once said. Stevenson, author of Kid Activists and Kid Innovators, is back with Kid Trailblazers highlighting a diverse array of many lesser-known leaders around the world who have paved the way for innovation and change, including Mari Copeny, Tsai Ing-Wen, David Suzuki, and Vanessa Nakate. These biographies—and without coverage in Kid Trailblazers, many of them may not have had their stories shared—are short and motivating, prompting readers to get inspired and continue the work themselves. The book is divided into four sections: Advocates for Democracy, Black Lives Matter, Saving the Planet, and Art. Stevenson’s informative text, along with Steinfeld’s illustrations, is designed perfectly for reading aloud, social studies units, or social-emotional learning connections.
VERDICT An important nonfiction collection of stories about influencers and leaders when they were children. Perfect for group sharing and current events connections.

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