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CitizenKid is a collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. The collection aims to make complex global issues accessible for children ages 8 to 12, and covers topics such as water conservation, biodiversity, food security, microlending, citizenship, global awareness, and more. Each book provides information and resources to inspire children to make a difference, both locally and globally.


A Voice for the Spirit Bears: How One Boy Inspired Millions to Save a Rare Animal
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4;

The true story of a boy who fought to protect a rare subspecies of bear. 

As a child, Simon Jackson found navigating the world of the school playground difficult. He felt most at home in the woodlands, learning about and photographing wildlife. As a teenager, he became fascinated with spirit bears, a rare subspecies of black bear with creamy white fur. These elusive creatures were losing their habitat to deforestation, and Simon knew he had to do something to protect them. He decided he would become the voice for the spirit bears. But first, he would have to find his own.

Carmen Oliver's inspiring true story is based on the early life of Simon Jackson, who founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition. On his remarkable journey to protect the spirit bears, he met Dr. Jane Goodall and eventually hiked the Great Bear Rainforest --- the home of these elusive animals. Katy Dockrill's captivating art adds depth and beauty to the story. Photos and additional details about Simon Jackson's life and about spirit bears are included in the end matter.

Part of the CitizenKid collection, this book demonstrates how one child can be a voice for change. Simon's story is an excellent example of growth mindset at work, highlighting personal growth and overcoming obstacles through activism. This book can also be used to lead discussions about character education as it relates to courage, resilience and perseverance. In addition, it has strong science curriculum links to the environment, animal habitats and the effects of clear-cutting.

Educator and Series Information
Ages: 6 - 9
Grades: 1 - 4 

Curriculum Links:

  • Character Education - initiative; perserverance; compassion.
  • Science & Technology - Life Science - animals; habitats.

This book is part of the CitizenKid series, a collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens

Key features of A Voice for the Spirit Bears:

  • Highlights personal growth and overcoming obstacles through activism.
  • Includes loads of information on spirit bears, their habitats, and the effects of clear-cutting.
  • Includes details about and photos of the real Simon Jackson.

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32 pages | 8.75" x 11.50" | Hardcover 

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$18.99

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How to Build Your Own Country
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

How to Build Your Own Country is an interactive and totally original learning experience that shows kids how to build their very own country from scratch.

This book, the only one of its kind, offers children the expertise and advice they'll need to plant their flag in the backyard, in the bedroom or online. Kids will be amazed to discover that anyone can do it. Nation-building advice is peppered with examples of events that have shaped countries throughout history, teaching young readers about government, elections, geography and global issues.

Backed up with lots of amazing examples of real micronations - some established or ruled by kids - How to Build Your Own Country promises to inspire, entertain and inform young nation-builders.

Want to build your very own country from scratch? It's easy:

Step 1: Stake Out Your Identity ... with a flag, money and a national anthem. Learn how to put your country's name on the map.

Step 2: Run the Country ... with a government, constitution, laws and an economy.

Step 3: Meet the Neighbors … and join other nations on the big issues that face the whole world, such as poverty, global warming, security and international aid.

Educator Information
How To Build Your Own Country is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

Ages: 8 to 12

Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnell: U
Grade Level: 5
Accelerated Reader: LG 6.7

Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies
- Cultures, Local & Global Community, citizenship

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40 pages | 7.25" x 9.25"

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$18.95

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If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

The 2nd Edition of the best-selling book which has sold over 400 000 copies in 17 languages – updated with new content and insights about the world's people.

First published to wide acclaim in 2002, this eye-opening book has since become a classic, promoting "world-mindedness" by imagining the world's population – all 6.8 billion of us – as a village of just 100 people.

Now, If the World Were a Village has been newly revised with updated statistics, several new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own.

Educator & Series Information
If the World Were a Village is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

Ages: 8 to 12

Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnell: R
Grade Level: 4
Accelerated Reader: MG 5

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies - Cultures, Local & Global Community, human geography, multiculturalism, global awareness

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32 pages | 9.37" x 12.50"

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$19.95

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Mimi's Village: And How Basic Health Care Transformed It
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

In this addition to the CitizenKid™ collection of inspiring stories from around the globe, Mimi Malaho and her family help bring basic health care to their community. By making small changes like sleeping under mosquito nets and big ones like building a clinic with outside help, the Malahos and their neighbors transform their Kenyan village from one afraid of illness to a thriving community.

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"A great resource for introducing children to the issues surrounding global health and empowering them to get involved." — Ophelia Dahl, Executive Director, Partners In Health

Educator Information
Author Katie Smith Milway, a former aid worker in Africa, has written the best kind of global education book for children, filled with information that engenders empathy and understanding. The picture-book format with captivating artwork by award-winning illustrator Eugenie Fernandes brings Mimi's story to life. Along with further information, a glossary and a map, an addendum includes suggestions for how young children can get involved, highlighting how inexpensive, easy-to-make improvements can transform people's lives. This terrific book would find many uses in elementary classrooms, including lessons on African culture, African family life and the basic health care needs of people everywhere. Most important, it offers opportunities for inspiring discussions about compassion, volunteerism and making a difference in one's own community and the larger world community.

This book is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. 

Ages: 8 to 12

Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnell: S
Grade Level: 4/5

Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies: Cultures, Local & Global Community, global awareness, rural communities

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32 pages | 9.37" x 12.37"

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$19.95

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One Well: The Story of Water on Earth
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Seen from space, our planet looks blue. This is because almost 70 percent of Earth's surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water — and therefore the only planet that can support life.

All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well.

Water has the power to change everything — a single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life. How we treat the water in the well will affect every species on the planet, now and for years to come. One Well shows how every one of us has the power to conserve and protect our global well.

One Well is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

Ages: 8 to 12

Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnell: R
Grade Level: 4
Accelerated Reader: MG 6

Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies
- Cultures, Local & Global Community, global awareness

Science & Technology
- Life Science, habitats and communities

Earth Science
- environment, water

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$19.95

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Planet Ark: Preserving Earth's Biodiversity
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Young readers can learn how to be modern-day Noahs and protect the world's plants and animals from extinction not by building a giant boat, but by making small changes in their everyday lives — from planting trees to turning off the tap — to help preserve the world's biodiversity. Planet Ark is part of CitizenKid™, a collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

Ages: 8 to 12

Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnell: S
Grade Level: 4

Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies
- Cultures, Local & Global Community, global awareness

Science & Technology
- Life Science, diversity of living things, ecosystem

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$19.95

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Ryan and Jimmy: And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

It costs a lot of money to build a well in Africa — a lot more than Ryan Hreljac had thought. Still, the six year old kept doing chores around his parents' house, even after he learned it could take him years to earn enough money. Then a friend of the family wrote an article in the local newspaper about Ryan's wish to build a well to supply people with safe, clean water. Before long, ripples of goodwill began spreading. People started sending money to help pay for Ryan's well. Ryan was interviewed on television. His dream of a well became an international news story.

In Agweo, Uganda, villagers were used to walking a long way every day in search of water. What they found was often brown and smelly and made a lot of people sick. But when Ryan's well was built, life in the village changed for the better. A young orphan named Akana Jimmy longed for a chance to thank Ryan in person for this gift of life — clean water.

When they finally meet, an unbreakable bond unites these boys from very different backgrounds, and a long and sometimes life-threatening journey begins.

Ryan and Jimmy is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

Ages: 8 to 12

Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnell: P
Grade Level: 3/4
Accelerated Reader: LG 5.6

Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies
- Cultures, Local & Global Community, global awareness

Science & Technology
- Earth Science, environment

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$9.95

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The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

From the best-selling author of One Hen comes the inspiring story of one struggling farming family in Honduras and their journey to growing enough food to meet their needs. Based on the real story of farm transformation underway in Honduras and many other countries, this book offers children ways they can be part of the movement to grow "good gardens" and foster food security.

Eleven-year-old María Luz and her family live on a small farm. This year their crop is poor, and they may not have enough to eat or to sell for other essentials, such as health care, school uniforms and books.

When María's father must leave home to find work, she is left in charge of their garden. Then a new teacher comes to María's school and introduces her to sustainable farming practices that yield good crops. As María begins to use the same methods at home, she too sees improvements, which allow her family to edge their way out of the grip of the greedy "coyotes" — the middlemen who make profits on the backs of poor farmers. Little by little, the farms — and the hopes — of María and her neighbors are transformed as good gardens begin to grow.

Ages: 8 to 12

Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnell: O
Grade Level: 3/4

Curriculum Connections:
Character Education
- citizenship, teamwork

Social Studies
- Cultures, Local & Global Community, citizenship, global awareness, Farms

Science & Technology
- Life Science, habitats and communities

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This Child, Every Child: A Book about the World’s Children
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

A groundbreaking book of statistics and stories that compare the lives of children around the world today.

Every second of every day, four more children are added to the world's population of over 2.2 billion children. Some of these 2.2 billion children will be cared for and have enough to eat and a place to call home. Many others will not be so fortunate.

The bestselling author-illustrator team behind the phenomenal If the World Were a Village and If America Where a Village return with a revealing and beautifully illustrated glimpse into the lives of children around the world.

This Child, Every Child uses statistics and stories to draw kids into the world beyond their own borders and provide a window into the lives of their fellow children.

As young readers will discover, there are striking disparities in the way children live. Some children lack opportunities that others take for granted. What is it like to be a girl in Niger? How are some children forced into war? How do children around the world differ in their home and school lives? This Child, Every Child answers such questions and sets children's lives against the rights they are guaranteed under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Ages: 8 to 12

Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnell: U
Grade Level: 5

Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies
- Cultures, Local & Global Community, human geography, cultures, multiculturalism, global awareness

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Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

If every known species on Earth were a leaf on a tree, that tree would have 1,750,000 leaves. Since humans count for just one leaf on the tree, we have a lot to learn about the millions of other forms of life with which we share the world. A dazzlingly illustrated and child-friendly introduction to biodiversity, Tree of Life shows how living things are classified into five kingdoms — and how each has much to tell us about all aspects of life on our planet.

Tree of Life is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

Ages: 8 to 12

Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnell: S
Grade Level: 4/5
Accelerated Reader: MG 6.3

Curriculum Connections:
Science & Technology
- Life Science (classification of living things, diversity of living things, plants, nature)

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$14.95

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