16 Kid Activists

Janet Wilson Ontario

Janet Wilson’s picture book Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet was the winner of the Science in Society Book Award and was named a Smithsonian Notable Book for 2010. Her book One Peace: True stories of Young Activists won the Children’s Roundtable 2009 Information Book Award. Her latest book, Shannen and the Dream for a School, is based on the real-life activism of teenager Shannen Koostachin in Northern Ontario’s Attawapiskat First Nation community. Read more

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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$17 / $8.50 for student groups

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Author-illustrator Janet Wilson has a strong social and environmental conscience and her books carry the message that one person—even one child—can make a big difference. In Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet, she brings to light amazing things that young people around the world are doing for the planet’s future, like devising a windmill built from bicycle parts. In One Peace: True stories of Young Activists, she tells powerful accounts of young people injured by the effects of war, who have altered their lives to become workers for peace. If there were ever a thought that one child’s actions don’t count, that thought will be banished forever by this inspiring event. Janet will be joined by extraordinary young people who will share their stories. 

This event is supported by the Rix Family Foundation.

Suitable for grades 3–6

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Kid Activists

Curriculum Connections:

  • Language Arts
  • Global Community: human rights, social justice, environmental sustainability and stewardship


Essay - three paragraphs 

  • First paragraph: Explain and describe two specific characteristics a human rights activist should possess.
  • Second paragraph: Explain why those are necessary characteristics for an activist.
  • Third paragraph: Select one person, child or adult, discussed during class. Explain how that person exemplifies the characteristics you listed in the first paragraph.

Research the lives of children who have become children's rights advocates. Share information with class.

Write a "how to become a human rights activist" handbook.