So begins the wonderfully illustrated and written new children’s book of the same title. A call to arms for socially conscious children (and their parents), Change the World Before Bedtime combines 21st century messaging with old-fashioned values, encouraging kids to feel good about doing good deeds. What’s particularly appealing about the book is its multicultural, collage-style artwork coupled with plenty of concrete ideas of how to make our world a better place. There’s something here for everyone—sickness, hunger, poverty, environmental ills—offered with optimism and hope.
Collaborators Mark Kimball Moulton, Josh Chalmers and Karen Good keep a strong emphasis on community, prompting us to work together for the benefit of people, animals and the planet. While the book’s design and language will appeal mainly to the K-3 set, the message is universal. Pick up a copy today, and you might inspire your child to join the growing ranks of small but powerful world changers. Or she might inspire you.
Social Action Resources for Children
Kiwi Magazine Online, “Caring/Doing Good”
Scholastic.com, “Children Changing the World”
Free Spirit Publishing, “The Kid’s Guide to Social Action” and
“What Do You Stand For? For Kids: A Guide to Building Character”