By Allison McLean
Young Peoples Services
Celebrating our 2017 Summer Reading theme, “Build a Better World,” I’ve gathered a few examples of outstanding nonfiction books for young readers. These are true stories about how children have made a difference in their communities and in the world.
What stories will you find? Summer reading kids off June 1 at all Elkhart Public Library locations – sharpen your skills, have some fun, win prizes, and Build a Better World.
Can We Help? Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities
Author: George Ancona
A photographer visits several sites in Santa Fe, New Mexico where kids are volunteering. The photos show real kids helping their communities and having fun while doing so. The text gives readers ideas of ways they can help too.
Follow The Moon Home: A tale of one idea, twenty kids, and a hundred sea turtles
Authors: Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrator: Meilo So
After learning that the beach near her new home is a nesting area for Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Vivienne wants to help make sure the baby sea turtles reach the ocean safely. She and her classmates start a city-wide “Lights Out for Loggerheads” campaign, asking all the town’s residents to turn out their lights so the turtles can follow the light of the moon to their new ocean home.
For The Right To Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story
Author: Rebecca Langston-George
Illustrator: Janna Bock
Malala Yousafzai’s name is well-known throughout the world as a girl who courageously fought for her right for an education. She even received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. This illustrated book will help young readers understand Malala’s story and everything she has overcome and accomplished in her life so far.
The Youngest Marcher: The story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a young civil rights activist
Author: Cynthia Levison
Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley Newton
Audrey was only 9 years old in 1963 when she volunteered to go to jail to fight for civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama. This book tells the story of the Birmingham Children’s March through the eyes of its youngest marcher.
The Soda Bottle School: A true story of recycling, teamwork, and one crazy idea
Author: Laura Kutner
Children in Guatemala work together to solve two problems at once – there is too much trash in their village and their school is too small. Their ingenious solution is to make bricks out of plastic bottles that they can use to build a new school. The children work hard and are able to see the fruits of their labors in a brand-new school and a cleaner community.