Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Inspiring, relatable look at young lives of adult activists.

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Educational Value

Packed with biographical and historical information in brief but detailed stories about the lives of important activists.

Positive Messages

Stand up for what you believe in. One person truly can make a difference. Someone who helps you when you're a kid can insipre you to make a difference in the world when you grown up. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

By taking on discrimination of many kinds and fighting for change, all of these activists show readers that one person truly can make a difference.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Robin Stevenson’s Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change is the sixth book in the Kid Legends series. It's an inspiring, optimistic look at the early lives of some of the world’s most influential activists, including Nelson Mandela, Helen KellerRosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, and Martin Luther King Jr. The age-appropriate positivity can gloss over the true hardship and pain of the discrimination these activists are fighting against, but their childhoods are relatable and occasionally funny. The short profiles draw young readers into the lives of people who changed the world by being themselves.

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What's the story?

The short profiles of KID ACTIVISTS: TRUE TALES OF CHILDHOOD FROM CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE show that even the most well-known activists were once regular kids with relatable issues: They all had families, friends, bullies, and challenges. Author Robin Stevenson brings to life the early years of these influential people, including Harvey Milk, Dolores Huerta, Nelson Mandela, Helen Keller, Janet Mock, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Autumn Peltier, Martin Luther King Jr., and more. With an emphasis on the childhood experiences that helped make them activists, the book highlights history and the fight for justice from a perspective close to kids' own experience.

Is it any good?

Filled with inspiring stories and anecdotes, this collection of brief biographies is a great, relatable look at the lives of activists whose lives young readers might not fully understand. Kid Activists: Tales of Childhood from Chanpions of Change looks at each activist’s focus, then at the childhood events that helped form his or her activism. While some events (such as the life of a newly freed enslaved person) are glossed over and given an overly positive spin, that same positivity can help inspire readers to overcome obstacles and follow their dreams, and to stand up for what they believe in.

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  • Families can talk about what it might have felt like to take that first step into activism. Do you think they ever wondered if what they were doing would have a real impact? Did Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change make you think differently about these famous people?

  • Which of these activists and causes do you relate to most? What cause would you fight for today?

  • What other books about activism have you read?

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For kids who love stories of activism and social justice

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