• Meeg Pincus

Solutionary Collections for Kids

Updated: Jan 31

Books that feature multiple solutionaries are great reads for bedtime or school time!

I can’t think of a time before recently when I could walk into a bookstore and see endcaps filled with diverse children’s nonfiction collections—books with many stories of inspiring people—but that time has come! It warms my heart. Here are some great ones (updated last in 2019!).

There are a host of great, new collections of true stories of solutionaries to inspire kids about what they can grow up and do. There also several inspiring books about solutionary kids—most not as shiny-new but definitely worth mentioning!

All of these collections give students a taste of all the ways people of different ages, races, genders, orientations, and abilities have been able to make a difference in this world. They’re a great resource for sparking ideas for writing, history or service projects.

Here are a few to check out (in no particular order):

  • Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World written by Susan Hood & illustrated by numerous artists

  • Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Heroes From Past and Present written by Jamia Wilson & illustrated by Andrea Pippins

  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

  • Enough!: 20 Protesters Who Changed America written by Emily Easton & illustrated by Ziyue Chen (This is more of a picture book than an anthology, but back matter is in keeping with other books in this list.)

  • Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History written by Kate Schatz & illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl (See also Rad Girls Can and Rad American Women by them!)

  • First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make American Great written by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace & illustrated by Agata Nowicka

  • Kids Who Are Changing the World written by Anne Jankeliowich & photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

  • Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change by Garth Sundem

  • Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World written & illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky

  • Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics written by Margarita Engle & illustrated by Rafael Lopez

  • Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet by Harriet Rohmer

And for older youth (middle school and high school) don't miss Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World written by Sarah Prager & illustrated by Zoe More O'Ferrall, Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History written by Blair Imani & illustrated by Monique Le, and 50 Queers Who Changed the World written by Dan Jones & illustrated by Michele Rosenthal!

Are there other collections of Solutionary Stories that you love? Please let me know!