This book was my teen daughter’s pick (she returned to school this past week). Its stories are a testament to the fact that teenagers have long been changing the world and aspire to keep doing so. It reminds readers that change, a worthy pursuit, takes time but that “even the smallest actions can add up to incredible change.”
An excerpt from the intro (gets me every time):
“But change can happen only when someone imagines things can be different than they are. Not everyone has the vision to strike out a new path, or the strength to oppose the people that say it can’t or shouldn’t be done. Those who do are called trailblazers. They set the snowball in motion. And the world needs more of them.”
Indeed the world does. And this book offers awesome examples of what that looks like, throughout history, cool illustrations and awesome stories of young women from all walks of life, women who climbed and moved mountains and ultimately made the world better, some that are currently doing so now! In reading it we’ve discovered several new to us world changers and learned more about some we already knew.
I often think about how we as parents desire to give our children a better world, how we work diligently to prepare them as best we can for adulthood and give them opportunities we didn’t have. But we also help teach and strive to inspire them to discover and create their own opportunities and realize that it’s in the living of life where the lessons are learned. Each day I am reminded by my daughter, her friends, and stories of youth all over the community that our kids aren’t just waiting for us adults to give them a better world; they are helping us to create one now. They are using their voices, their hands, sharing their gifts, and choosing kindness over fear, love over hate. As the stories in this book suggest, it’s never too early to start blazing those trails, forging a path, and lighting the way for others.
Teen Trailblazers: 30 Fearless Girls Who Changed the World Before They Were 20
Written by Jennifer Calvert + Illustrated by Vesna Asanovic