Kidlit These Days

Hosted ByJenn Northington & Matthew Winner

Kidlit These Days is your kidlit connoisseurs pairing the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today.

E16: Climate Change and Changemakers

Karina and Matthew talk about the climate change, young activists, and a needed willingness for adults to listen, not just to these young voices, but also to one another. Joining is special guest Carole Lindstrom, author of Girls Dance, Boys Fiddle and the upcoming We Are Water Protectors.

This episode is sponsored by our Book Riot Blind Dates with Books contest, by Starscape, publisher of bestselling author, W. Bruce Cameron’s Puppy Tales series, and by Roar, the YA imprint of Lion Forge and publisher of Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu.

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We Have Not Come Here to Beg World Leaders to Care,’ 15-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Tells COP24. ‘We Have Come to Let Them Know Change Is Coming’ (COP24 Climate Talks in 2015) (via Common Dreams)

Greta Thunberg to world leaders: ‘How dare you – you have stolen my dreams and my childhood’ (video) (The Guardian)

When ice melts, polar bears use 5x more energy to swim instead of walk” (video)

Stand with Standing Rock

CBC’s Tim Fontaine shares stories from Standing Rock and the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (Unreserved Podcast)

Autumn Peltier, 13-year-old water advocate, addresses UN (video)

Woodsy the Owl

Smokey Bear

FernGully: The Last Rainforest


Picture Books:

Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together by Andrea Tsurumi

Water is Water by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin

If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams

Our House is on Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet by Jeanette Winter

Graphic Novels:

I’m Not a Plastic Bag by Rachel Hope Allison; forward by Jeff Corwin – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Middle Grade:

Strange Birds: A Field Guide for Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Perez


The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky

Ice: Chilling Stories from a Disappearing World by DK Publishing

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