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Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference

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Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference

Kids might not be able to vote, but they can still make a difference in this world. Author Chelsea Clinton tackles five concepts that kids are interested in --- health, hunger, climate change, animals (particularly endangered species) and bullying. Clinton breaks down these concepts into easy-to-understand bits and then gives kids ways to not only cope with them, but ways to help make things better for themselves and for others. At the end of each chapter is a section called “Start Now,” which is a list of action items that kids can do to start making a difference in their lives.

"This is a very interesting book...well-written and it’s kid-friendly, with black-and-white sketches and a few photographs scattered throughout the text."

Clinton offers examples of kids who are making a difference in their world. For instance, when Haile’s dad was diagnosed with diabetes, Haile learned how to cook healthy foods for her dad (she was just seven years old at the time). That was 10 years ago. Now, she not only cooks healthy meals for her family, she teaches cooking classes so other kids can learn how to cook.

This is a very interesting book and I enjoyed reading it (and I’m sure kids will enjoy it, too). I also liked learning about the different organizations that encourage kids to get involved. However, although some of those organizations are mentioned in the text, I would have liked to see more information on these groups, and others, where kids can volunteer or go to get more information. No addresses or website URLs are given in the text, so I thought there would be a list of additional resources at the end of the book, but there isn’t.

However, this is a great book for kids. It’s well-written and it’s kid-friendly, with black-and-white sketches and a few photographs scattered throughout the text.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on October 25, 2018

Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference
by Chelsea Clinton