cover image No World Too Big: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change

No World Too Big: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change

Edited by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley, illus. by Jeanette Bradley. Charlesbridge, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-62354-313-6

Diverse voices pay tribute to heroic global youth crusading against climate change in this message-driven collection of poetry profiles. Twelve activists and three advocacy groups feature, including Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, young Ukrainian composting proponents Nikita Shulga and Sofiia-Khrystyna Borysiuk, and a team of Indonesian students working to convert buses to biodiesel. An acrostic highlights the efforts of Brazilian human rights advocate Artemisa Xakriabá “to protest the burning of the Amazon rain forest and the killing of Indigenous water and forest protectors” (“Artemisa/ Believes we are/ Áll responsible for our common home”), while a dansa poem draws attention to Ugandan activist Leah Namugerwa’s Birthday Trees project (“What a triumph it will be/ when she plants that millionth tree”). Biographical information and activist prompts accompany each work alongside Bradley’s chalky digital sketches of the subjects making a difference. The suggestion that no one is too young to fight for change emphatically inspires. Extensive back matter concludes. Ages 5–9. (Mar.)