It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!

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Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Educational Value

Comprehensive look at diverse, interconnected problems including poverty, health, environmental changes, and gender equality. Plentiful charts and maps illustrate key statistics, though they're often hard to read. Each chapter ends with a list summarizing ways kids can take action, and an extensive index helps readers pinpoint specific areas of interest.

Positive Messages

A journey begins with the first step, and yours could lead to important changes in your community, your country, or around the world. People enduring hardship need empathy and action, not judgment. Gratitude is an important discipline to cultivate.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each chapter spotlights activists and problem-solvers of all ages but especially children. Anecdotes explain what captured their interest and why, how they got started, and how their actions have improved lives around the world. Clinton also provides examples of her own humanitarian efforts from childhood through the present.


Nothing explicit, but violence -- war, brutality, poaching, slavery -- is discussed throughout. Discussion of child marriage and the status of women doesn't mention rape or sexual violence.


Briefly notes that sex can transmit HIV, but the focus is on needles and mother-baby transmission.


Passing mention of a few brand names, such as Cheerios.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Reference to "dirty needles" transmitting HIV.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! is the first book by Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the humanitarian Clinton Foundation and daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. It's Your World seeks to explain how poverty, climate change, health challenges, and gender inequality rob individuals and societies of the chance to realize their potential. Clinton assures readers that small actions add up and urges them to make their own decisions about thorny issues. She addresses violence and distressing issues with some distance: For example, she explains how children are kidnapped to join armies but describes "soldiering" as a dangerous form of child labor. Clinton frequently refers readers to websites for more information but reminds kids they need to be 13 or older to use social media. Editor's note: Chelsea Clinton is on Common Sense Media's advisory board.

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What's the story?

People are struggling with complicated challenges all around the world, whether in our own neighborhoods or in distant countries. Though the reasons are complex -- including poverty, climate change, gender inequality, and poor health -- they aren't impossible to solve. According to IT'S YOUR WORLD: GET INFORMED, GET INSPIRED & GET GOING!, one small action can start an entire movement that brings real change to people's lives, and together there's hope to make the world a better place.

Is it any good?

Chelsea Clinton's ambitious first book aims to inspire, but beneath its brightly confetti-ed cover is a textbook-like volume stuffed with statistics and dense writing. That's a bit of a shame, because It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! has a lot of good stuff to share. Clinton carefully explains complex ideas about poverty, economics, climate change, and more. She shares countless examples of how small actions can yield huge benefits, showcasing children who've turned ideas into meaningful change.

But the book doesn't scream "kid-friendly." Black-and-white photos are small and muddy. Maps and charts are poorly explained in almost illegibly small print. Key information about websites is buried in long blocks of text. Clinton writes with academic stiffness, and her attempts to relate to kids feel awkward. Kids who already have a passion for social justice and global concerns will be energized, but others may find their patience tested. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the many challenges that author Chelsea Clinton discusses. Which resonate most deeply for you?

  • Do you know kids who are changing the world? How can you help them -- or join them?

  • Which of the children's stories is most inspiring to you? Are you inspired to take action yourself?

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