Our Future : How Kids are Taking Action

By Janet Wilson

Kids Making a Difference Series

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From climate action to cyberbullying, from gun violence to animal protection, these young activists have brought about real change.

Young people from across the globe are raising awareness about what issues matter to them most and are working to protect the future that we all share. American Jaelun Parkerson kneels with his football teammates during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Canadian Autumn Peltier spoke in front of the United Nations to raise awareness about water pollution Melati Wijsen from Indonesia started working at twelve-years-old to convince her government to ban plastic bags. And Tiassa Mutunkei from Kenya started a club for young people to stop elephants from being killed for their ivory tusks. Our Future shines a light on the efforts on ten brilliant and brave young activists who are making a difference for the future of our planet. The book's final pages give ideas for how young people can try and make a difference in their own lives and communities.

Praise & Recognition

"A useful addition to a growing body of literature challenging young readers to help make change in the world." Kirkus Reviews
The accounts are easy to read and accompanied by appealing illustrations and relevant photos; readers will find plenty to identify with here. Our Future: How Kids are Taking Action is a useful addition to any collection on these topics...Highly Recommended.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"In Our Future, their passion, imagination, and positivity are reflected in a visually arresting design that combines photographs, colourful sidebars, and Wilson's own mixed-media encaustic illustrations."  Quill & Quire

Nautilus Book Awards SILVER Award in the Middle Grade Non-Fiction category 2019 - Winner

Red Cedar Information Award Nominee 2020/21 2020 - Short-listed


Publication Date: September 10, 2019

Reading Age: 6 - 8

Reading Level: Y

Genre: Children's Nonfiction

Product Format: Hardback

Pages: 32

ISBN: 978-1-77260-103-9

Janet Wilson

About the Author

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson is an author and fine artist. Her book, Shannen and the Dream for a School, was the winner of the First Nation Communities Read award in 2012, nominated for the Silver Birch Award from the Ontario Library Association 2013 and 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, a finalist for the Silver Birch Express, and named a Smithsonian Notable Book for 2010. Janet lives in Eden Mills, Ontario, a community with a strong environmental focus that includes an initiative to be the first village in North America to go carbon neutral.
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