Make Your Mark, Make a Difference: A Kid’s Guide to Standing Up for People, Animals, and the Planet

Aladdin/Beyond Words. Feb. 2024. 352p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781582708454; pap. $13.99. ISBN 9781582708447.
Gr 3-7–Activists can be people of all ages who make changes in big and small ways. Whether raising money to put signs on the road warning drivers of frogs crossing, decreasing one’s home thermostat temperature and encouraging others to do the same, or leading a march protesting injustice or change, every effort can help a cause. The author shares with young readers what it means to be an activist and ways they can help in their home, school, and community. The earlier chapters cover overall aspects, while each additional chapter provides an in-depth depth look at issues such as animal conservation, the environment, space exploration, peace, equality, and poverty. Notably, Galat advises readers to ensure they are helping legitimate organizations when donating money and supplies. Readers will be met with a plethora of facts and guidance on activism, as well as stories of real-world activists. The volume of information can make this an overwhelming read for those who don’t already have the passion to be a leader in making a difference. Mini quizzes break up the reading and “get chatty” boxes feature questions to spark discussions between readers and people in their lives. Quotes from known activists at the beginning of each chapter are a refreshing and delightful addition.
VERDICT While a valuable resource, this may be most useful where budding activists abound or where adults will use it to learn alongside the target audience.

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