Earth Squad: 50 People Who Are Saving the Planet

by Alexandra Zissu (Author) Nhung Lê (Illustrator)

Earth Squad: 50 People Who Are Saving the Planet
Reading Level: 6th − 7th Grade

Inspire young activists with stories about 50 inspiring and extraordinary environmental crusaders working to save our planet. Kids across the globe will be moved by the passion of these amazing eco-warriors who have dedicated their lives to making our world a better place. Alongside dynamic illustrations and entertaining biographical information, you'll find practical tips that anyone can do to help save the earth. Every one of us can make a difference, and, together as an Earth Squad, we can change the world.

Meet the Earth Squad:

Will Allen, Anohni, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Inka Saara Arttijeff, David Attenborough, Precious Brady-Davis, Erin Brockovich, Vicki Buck, Rachel Carson, Yvon Chouinard, Opha Pauline Dube, Lamya Essemlali, Christiana Figueres, Eileen Fisher, Eunice Newton Foote, Wan Gang, Al Gore, James Hansen, Vanessa Hauc, Hilda Heine, Chai Jing, Alexandra Koroleva, Winona LaDuke, Dr. Phil Landrigan, Annie Leonard, Wangari Maathai, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Gina McCarthy, William McDonough, Bill McKibben, Angela Merkel, Charles Moore, Margaret "Mardy" Murie, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Gabriel Orozco, Carlo Petrini, Mark Ruffalo, Pete Seeger, Peggy Shepard, Vandana Shiva, Marina Silva, Sandra Steingraber, David Suzuki, Greta Thunberg, Sarah Toumi, The Trimates, Alexandria Villaseñor, Alice Waters. Charles Windsor, Ken Yeang

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Kirkus Reviews

Interesting, if brief.

School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up--This collection of environmental warriors spans all age groups and includes figures from 1819 to the present. Big names such as actor Mark Ruffalo, who portrays the Incredible Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and teenage activist Greta Thunberg are just two of the 50 inspiring people in this book who have worked or are working to bring current climate action to the forefront of readers' thoughts. Each biography includes ideas for how readers could be more like the spotlighted individual to help make the world and the environment better. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and are limited to pictures of each individual. The background of each portrait has a design that is associated with them in some way, such as a landscape or the specific reason why they have made headlines. Included at the end of the book is a four-page glossary that explains several environmental terms that readers might not know or might find confusing. The organization of the bite-sized biographies seems fairly random within each section, but they are organized by their general area of work and the page edges have a color to distinguish each section. The table of contents outlines the areas of work that are included: Activism and Community, Science, Politics, Food, Art and Innovation, and Journalism. VERDICT Highly recommended for any library, particularly in communities where climate science is especially relevant. Budding environmental activists will be inspired to take action.--Kristin Unruh, Siersma Elem. Sch., Warren, MI

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"This lively 'who's who' presents a diverse group of individuals who have made great strides in fighting climate change."
The Horn Book
Alexandra Zissu
Alexandra Zissu is a writer, editor, and content consultant. As a journalist, she has written extensively about food, chefs, fashion, trends, pregnancy, parenting, and especially green living for The New York Times, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Bon Appétit, Health, New York, Vogue, Self, Refinery29, and Time Out New York, among other publications. A native New Yorker, she now lives in the Hudson Valley with her family to be close to the farms that feed them.

Nhung Lê was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam and formerly based in Brooklyn. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Eater, Stylist Magazine, and more. She is currently enjoying the sun in Sydney, Australia.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Running Press Kids
Publication date
March 02, 2021
BISAC categories
JNF007110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
JNF007090 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Science & Technology
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
Library of Congress categories
Environmental protection
Sustainable living
Citizen participation
Illustrated works

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