Published by Charlesbridge
Summary: Fourteen poems by different writers and using different poetic forms tell the stories of ordinary children and teens who have made a difference in their communities. Through writing, music, fundraising, speaking, and more these kids have tackled issues from climate change to diseases to civil rights. Each poem includes a portrait and a short paragraph about the subject. The kids’ stories are bookended by two poems called “Amplify” and “Make Some Noise” about the importance of standing up and speaking out. Includes definitions of the different poetry forms and photos with additional information about all the poets. 40 pages; grades 2-5.
Pros: It would be hard not to be inspired by the kids in this book, and their stories are told in an accessible way, through poetry, prose, and art. Teachers and students will find this book useful for getting ideas for making a difference as well as learning different forms of poetry.
Cons: The taped-down library jacket flaps covered up some of the kids’ inspiring quotes on the endpapers.