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Monday, May 13, 2019

101 Small Ways to Change the World: how you (yes, you) can make a difference! Written by Aubre Andrus


101 Small Ways to Change the World: how you (yes, you) can make a difference!
Written by Aubre Andrus
Lonely Planet Kids. 2018
Grades 3 and up

In 101 Small Ways to Change the World, Andrus makes the case that in addition to doing all we can to save our environment, it is equally important that we care for ourselves, and others.

The book’s design is fun and encourages browsing. Each double-page spread begins with a topic and then one or two suggestions follow. 
For example: #78 DISCONNECT.  
“From TVs to tablets to laptops to phones, kids are spending a lot more time sitting and staring at screens these days. Sure, there are so many fun games, movies, shows, and text messages just waiting for you, but it’s really important to take a break from screens every now and then. Not only will it give your eyes a rest, it will also give your mind a rest.”  

Following are a few specific suggestions on what to do.
Bake cookies or make slime
Read a book on magic tricks, a craft idea, or science experiment
Do a puzzle or get your entire family to help with a Lego project.
Write a story or poem!
Each page includes some fun art.

The book offers a checklist so avid changemakers can tick off each one as they complete it, and, a list of further reading, books and websites, on others who are trying to change the world. 

Yes! One person, one kid, can change the world.

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