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Children's Nonfiction Social Activists

Our Future

How Kids are Taking Action

by (author) Janet Wilson

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Social Activists, Politics & Government, Values & Virtues
Recommended Age
7 to 12
Recommended Grade
1 to 7
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price

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Young people from across the globe are raising awareness about what issues matter to them most and are working to protect the future that we all share. American Jaelun Parkerson kneels with his football teammates during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Canadian Autumn Peltier spoke in front of the United Nations to raise awareness about water pollution Melati Wijsen from Indonesia started working at twelve-years-old to convince her government to ban plastic bags. And Tiassa Mutunkei from Kenya started a club for young people to stop elephants from being killed for their ivory tusks. Our Future shines a light on the efforts on ten brilliant and brave young activists who are making a difference for the future of our planet. The book's final pages give ideas for how young people can try and make a difference in their own lives and communities.

About the author

Janet Wilson is an award-winning artist and a published author, holding over 50 publishing copyrights in the children's literature field. She graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design as a mature student, the mother of two little boys. Janet's love of books combined with a particular talent for drawing children has brought her into the world of "kidlit." Her more realistic style lends itself to interpreting the stories of children's favorite authors in producing picture books. Sensitivity to the nuances of facial expressions helps young readers grasp subjects ranging from dealing with death, the arrival of a new baby, the tragedy of war or just wishing your new dress was a different colour. Her awards include Best Illustrated Book in the United States in 2004 for Jasper's Day, Canadian Information Book of the Year for her artwork in In Flanders Fields, and she is the first non-native artist to be awarded the Native Reading Week Award for her illustrations in Solomon's Tree. Janet is a career artist known for her fine art commissioned portraits and still life paintings.


Janet Wilson's profile page


  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Information Award Nominee 2020/21
  • Winner, Nautilus Book Awards SILVER Award in the Middle Grade Non-Fiction category

Editorial Reviews

"In Our Future, their passion, imagination, and positivity are reflected in a visually arresting design that combines photographs, colourful sidebars, and Wilson's own mixed-media encaustic illustrations."

Quill & Quire

"A useful addition to a growing body of literature challenging young readers to help make change in the world."

Kirkus Reviews

The accounts are easy to read and accompanied by appealing illustrations and relevant photos; readers will find plenty to identify with here. Our Future: How Kids are Taking Action is a useful addition to any collection on these topics...Highly Recommended.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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