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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.No World Too Big by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Jeanette Bradley, Keila V. Dawson
Published by Charlesbridge Publishing on March 14, 2023
Genres: Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists, Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / General, Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Source: Hear Our Voices Book Tours and the publisher
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Fans of No Voice Too Small will be inspired by young climate activists who made an impact around climate change in their communities, countries, and beyond.
Climate change impacts everyone, but the future belongs to young people. No World Too Big celebrates twelve young activists and three activist groups on front lines of the climate crisis who have planted trees in Uganda, protected water in Canada, reduced school-bus climate footprint in Indonesia, invented alternate power sources in Ohio, and more. Fourteen poems by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, David Bowles, Rajani LaRocca, Renée LaTulippe, Heidi E. Y. Stemple, and others honor activists from all over the world and the United States. Additional text goes into detail about each activist's life and how readers can get involved.
As an 80s baby who was inventing ways to bring recycling to my classmates and my own home, I loved this book! I still cannot physically let a soda can six pack plastic ring go into the recycling bin without cutting it up because of the discussions and studies I did about the environment when I was a child. It is so inspiring to read about all of the activism – both community and global – that the young people featured in the poems in No World Too Big: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change edited by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Jeanette Bradley, and Keila V. Dawson are engaged in. This is the new generation of environmentalists. Their work is more important than ever as the effects of climate change becomes increasingly visible.
Poetry & Activism
No World Too Big, is a book of poetry. Each poem highlights the accomplishments of a young climate activist or group of young activists. The poems tell their story of how they saw a need in their communities and acted to make a difference despite resistance or being disregarded at first. The poets are also a diverse group of prominent authors, educators, activists and journalists.
Cross Curriculum Connections
This book is a cross-curricular dream! It has poetry, climate science, activism, entrepreneurship, global connections and community outreach. An educator and/or parent could use this text with a student from any level from pre-K to 12th grade. It is rare to find a book that can be used for so many age groups with so many different ways of using it – poetry writing, research, projects, environmental science and invention, community activism, etc. It is a great partnership read between parent and child for opening a dialogue about the Earth and climate change.
I was also introduced to several new styles of poetry. The poetry forms reference in the back of the book is extremely helpful. As an English teacher, I would have my students select two styles to try out in writing their own poem. Several of the poem forms are directly connected to certain cultures. A refreshing choice for students to explore beyond the same formats that are taught over and over again.
Global Perspective & Inspriration
Because of the global perspective, readers have the opportunity to learn about young activists that they may have never heard of before. Many readers may be familiar with Greta Thunburg. But how many know about Maanasa Mendu, an 11-year-old inventor of HARVEST, an invention that produces energy from renewable sources? Or Water Protector Autumn Peltier, who is chief water commissioner of the Anishinabek Nation at 14 years old?
Each poem tells a unique story in a unique format. I hope this book gets into the hands of educators and children around the world so that hopefully this will just be the first volume of a long series for this book.
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