Hello, friends! Our book today is Never Too Young!: 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made A Difference, written by Aileen Weintraub and illustrated by Laura Horton, a compendium of young change-makers who made major accomplishments in their fields before the age of 18.
Including a short forward, the book introduces the reader to 50 figures throughout history that made notable contributions to their fields while still in their formative years. Each biography features a full-page vignette illustration of the subject, often paired with a quotation by them. Opposite is a three-to-five paragraph biography noting where the youngster hailed from, what field they made their mark in and how, and what they went on to do in their adult years (where applicable). There is a healthy mix of historical and modern examples from all over the world, ranging from notable names such as Joan of Arc, Anne Frank, and Louis Braille, to less-familiar luminaries and role models like Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Katie Stagliano, and Thandiwe Chama.
Absolutely awesome. These biography compendiums for kids have become quite popular recently, and it’s wonderful to see the format used to inspire while it educates. With the aim of not only teaching children about history, culture, world events, and the arts, the text also serves to encourage children that there is no age limit on getting involved with the world around them. The biographies are bite-sized enough so that even JJ comfortably enjoyed a few; an older child could easily finish the book in a few sittings. The illustrations all have a genial quality that makes each figure feel like a new friend. This is a great book for encouraging children to make a difference in the world around them, and know that their voices and talents matter, and we just adored it. Absolutely Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)