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9 books to make change makers

These books will inspire readers to become the change makers of tomorrow – packed full of talent, lots of creativity and even a little bit of sass.

 

Books for under 5s

 

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Eric Carle’s beautifully illustrated picture book is an iconic pre-school classic. The story of how a tiny and determined little caterpillar eats and eats and grows and grows has won the heart’s of generations of children. Tots will giggle as they munch along with our very hungry friend while enjoying its fun peep holes and inviting pictures.

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Books for 6+

 

 

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid and Nicole are inseparable. That is, until one summer when Astrid enrols in a roller derby camp while her bestie Nicole chooses ballet classes with Astrid’s arch rival. So begins the hardest summer of Astrid's life, as she struggles to stay on her skates, to learn who she is without Nicole… and to find out what it takes to be a strong, tough and awesome roller girl. This is a tale of self-discovery and independence, told through vibrant comic book-styled artwork. 

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Matilda by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Matilda is clever, savvy and loves books. Readers big and small have felt empowered by this story of courageousness from an unlikely hero with a most-cunning plan to overcome her biggest problems - namely, her fearful bully-of-a-head-mistress, Mrs Trunchbull! From the pen of the world’s greatest storyteller comes another wonderful tale of determination, with a little bit of of magic. 

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Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoët

There’s no better poster child for girl power than Nobel Prize-winning teenager Malala, who fights for education and equality for kids everywhere. Retelling her own story, Malala wishes for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. As she grows up she realises that there is no such thing as magic, but your own dedication and bravery can have the power to make dreams come true. 

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Books for 9+

 

 

This Book Isn't Safe by Colin Furze

Ever wondered how to make concrete shoes? Or how to build your own downhill trike? Or how to tidy your room in three seconds using a lever? YouTube inventor Colin Furze sets out to inspire budding engineers and inventors, introducing ten unique and quirky inventions to be made at home. Discover some exclusive secrets and tips from Colin’s bunker and shed, including a behind-the-scenes look at all his greatest inventions.

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Ali-A Game On by Cavan Scott, illustrated by Alexsander Sotirosvski

Real life YouTube gaming sensation Ali-A boasts over 13 million subscribers and now he’s a super hero too! In Ali-A Game On, Ali A has to grapple with a merciless band of aliens when they try to scupper the launch of hotly-anticipated video game Alien Liberator 2. Fans of gaming and graphic novels will devour this super-cool comic book in one sitting. Can Ali defeat the end-of-game boss and save the day? With a little help from his fans and a very special dog named Eevee, he's going to give it his best shot!

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Max and Harvey In a Book by Max and Harvey Mills

14-year-old twins Max and Harvey’s rise to fame has been stratospheric and now these teenage music stars are touring the world. Max and Harvey In A Book tells their phenomenal story and will inspire kids who dream of a career in music. Jam-packed with tasty trivia, behind-the-scenes glimpses and a whirlwind tour of their last year, this rollercoaster peek into stardom will encourage youngsters to work hard and dream big.

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Wonder by RJ Pallacio

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old kid. But, born with a facial abnormality, moving to a new school is a nerve-wracking trial. While some of the children accept him, others stare, call him names and bully him. Wonder is a beautifully told story that many readers will be able to identify with; this timeless tale encourages everyone to be more accepting of others, no matter how different they may seem. 

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DC SuperHero Girls: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

It’s tough being the new girl at school - even when you’re an Amazonian princess super hero! Wonder Woman may be a badass when it comes to super hero skills, but she’s as lost as your average teen in the competitive world of high school. Lacking in experience with the opposite sex and confronted with some mean-spirited notes from an anonymous sender, Wonder Woman must navigate her way through the everyday challenges of high school life, with a little bit of sass and a lot of girl power. 

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