Right Now!: Real Kids Speaking Up for Change

Clarion. Sept. 2021. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780358137320.
Gr 1-5–Kids can make a change! That’s the theme of this colorful collective biography. Paul profiles 10 contemporary young people who have tried to make a difference. The subjects include Malala Yousafzai, Jazz Jennings, and Greta Thunberg, who have become international celebrities, and Robby Novak, the YouTube sensation. The volume also features kids who are less well known, such as Sophie Cruz, who spoke to Pope Francis about her concerns with immigration, and Jaylen Arnold, who advocates against bullying and in support of kids with disabilities. Each spread shows a warmly illustrated image of the child speaking out and gives a short paragraph about the cause that that child champions. A variety of issues are covered, including homelessness, climate change, animal rights, and gender issues. An extensive glossary includes notes on how readers can speak up for the causes that are important to them. This is a wonderful collection to show young people that they can make a change, no matter how big the issue. The role models introduced here will inspire kids for years to come.
VERDICT A well-done compilation of young people who have made a difference, focusing on current social issues.

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