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Book Review: You Can Change the World by Lucy Bell

Sometimes there’s a need for the breakdown of what some children could consider scary subject. Climate change is one of those topics. In the last few years, climate change has become a topic that could be considered an uncertain or even a scary predicament. Lucy Bell set out to encourage children to make a difference in the environment and You Can Change the World is the end result. Read on for a full book review of You Can Change the World by Lucy Bell.

You Can change the World Book review

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Kids around the world are working together to make our planet a better, safer, happier place—and now you can join in with this practical guide!

You Can Change the World empowers kids to make changes in their lives and communities with the powerful message that anyone can make a difference in the world. This colorfully illustrated book is packed with information, ideas, and activities for everyday sustainability—like mending clothes, composting, and avoiding single-use plastics. Interspersed throughout are features on children around the globe who are making a difference, such as Greta Thunberg or Solli Raphael, reminding kids that ordinary people can spark extraordinary change.

About the Author

Lucy Bell is a book editor and music teacher on a journey to live a more ethical, sustainable and mindful life.


You Can Change the World offers tangible changes children can make or suggest to their parents to make a difference in the environment.  Simple steps like using a stainless steel water bottle rather than a water bottle or throwing plastic-free birthday parties can reduce the amount of plastic in the world.  

You Can Change the World clearly gives examples of humans effects on the environment without being preachy.  Interspersed with the simple changes children can make are features on individuals who have made a difference in the world.  The features are fun and very interesting, like the story of the sisters Amy and Ella Meek who “started the organization Kids Against Plastic to teach people about the impact single-use plastics have on the environment.”

You Can change the World Book review

Colorful illustrations help to keep this serious topic light in addition to providing some line breaks through a book packed with tips and facts. The facts are easy to digest and some (there are more plastic flamingos in the world than real flamingos) are downright sad. 

Children and parents won’t find any new groundbreaking ideas to change consumption but this is a solid beginning guide on the small changes that can be made in everyday life.  I personally found that the composting and food usage chapter was the most educational for my family in addition to some of the simple cleaning recipes using non toxic ingredients.   You Can Change the World is appropriate for children 8-12 but even younger kids can grasp some of the simple recommendations.

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