Kids Who Are Saving the Planet (You Should Meet)(Ready to Read Level 3), by Laurie Calkhoven, illustrated by Monique Dong, Simon Spotlight, 9781534456471 (hardcover), 9781534456464 (paperback), 9781534456488 (e-book), 2020
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? This informative and engaging text is perfect for readers who are making the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. The reader features four young activists who have worked to make the world a better place. Young Mikaila Ulmer created her own successful lemonade business and donates profits to help save honeybees. Ridhima Pandey is a young activist from India who challenges her government and its people to work toward increased efforts to preserve the environment. Will and Matty Gladstone created an ingenious way to save the Blue-footed Booby bird when they learned about it in science class. Lastly, Jaden Anthony writes graphic novels that introduce kids to the dangers of climate change. He is particularly focused on helping the people of Flint, Michigan who suffered greatly from polluted water. Of course, a book focusing on kids who make a difference would not be complete without mention of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist. Most notably, this book features accomplished youngsters of color both in the USA and around the world. In addition to the bright and inviting illustrations, there are activities and suggestions at the end of the book that encourages the reader to participate in their own version of activism in their local communities.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Although a minor detail, the inclusion of Greta Thunberg as an end page seems as though she is an afterthought. Either she should have had her own chapter or been omitted. It isn’t clear why the formatting of her story and work are separate from the other activists and entrepreneurs.
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of the “You Should Meet” series will enjoy this latest addition greatly. It would also be a relevant text for Girl or Boy Scout troops looking to earn badges for community service.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Early readers or 361.2
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you own this series, it is a necessary addition. Otherwise a worthy purchase in general.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA
Date of review: 11/11/2020