Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet

Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet


by Janet Wilson


A windmill built from bicycle parts, a bridge made for a monkey, and a touch of magic... Young people are doing amazing things for the future of our planet.

Here are true stories of kids from around the world who each had an idea that started small and turned into something big. Read about ways that you too can make a difference, like William Kamkwamba in Malawi, who used the power of wind to change the life of his village. Or Kruti Parekh from India, who makes magic with recycling. There is Janine Licare in Costa Rica, who is saving the rainforest and its animals; and Ryan Hreljac from Canada, who is building wells in Africa to bring people clean water. And Sam Levin from the USA, whose organic school vegetable garden is connecting kids directly with their food. All of them are helping our Earth, and you can too.


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About the Author

Janet Wilson is an author and fine artist. Her book Shannen and the Dream for a School won the First Nation Communities Read award, was nominated for the Silver Birch Award, and is soon to be a TV movie. Her picture book, Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet, was the winner of the Science in Society Book Award. Janet lives in Eden Mills, Ontario, a community with a strong environmental focus.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 6, 2010

  • $18.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 32 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children's Nonfiction

  • Ages 7-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Guided Reading: S

  • ISBN: 9781897187845


  • History & Social Studies
    > Social Justice

  • Environmentalism

Awards for Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet

  • 2010 Science in Society Book Award Winner - Middle School Readers category

  • One of Booklist's Top Ten Books on the Environment for Youth, 2011

  • 2012/13 Red Cedar Book Award Finalist

  • 2012 Silver Birch Express Award Finalist - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading

  • 2012 Golden Oak Award - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading

  • A 2010 Smithsonian Notable Book

Praise for Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet

"Great for sharing in a classroom and would likely spark some lively and thoughtful discussion. Interesting, educational, and most inspiring! Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A beautiful picture book that contains little nibbles of information about inspirational kids and important causes." - Quill & Quire

"Packed with inspiring, true-life stories on every spread, this collective biography introduces contemporary kids around the world who have made remarkable efforts to help protect the earth... Each story demonstrates the power of young individuals to create real and lasting change, and their calls to action, along with frequent “how you can help” suggestions, will motivate young and old alike." - Booklist

"This would be a helpful resource in supporting lessons in community, Earth Day, and ecosystems. The websites can be used for further research. This is a beautiful book that celebrated heroic children. A great addition to a K-7 school library." - Resource Links

"Wilson's blazing passion and hopefulness, and the stories of her truly amazing subjects, will undoubtedly inspire readers of Our Earth." - Canadian Children's Book News

"The children highlighted in this book were all environmentally aware and ready to take some kind of action. Each story provides the teacher with an opportunity to guide students to make connections to their own communities and to explore the concept of transformation as an effective reading strategy." - Canadian Teacher Magazine