How could a child change the world

Do you already have all the presents? Or are you still missing one or two? In that case - and otherwise - we have a book recommendation for you here. Young Rebels - 25 young people who are changing the world. The book by Benjamin Knödler and Christine Knödler, illustrated by Felicitas Horstschäfer, was published by Hanser Verlag in April 2020. It's a book for anyone who can't get enough of stories from young people working for a better world.

Young Rebels - What is it about?

The title actually says it all: It's about young people who are changing the world. You may be familiar with some of these 25 young people. There is, for example, Greta Thunberg, the founder of Fridays for Future. Or Malala Yousafzai, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work for educational rights for girls.

The 25 young people also include lesser-known people who still make a difference. One of them is Louis Braille: As a teenager, he himself went blind as a child and developed a braille based on six points. Today this is known worldwide as Braille.

Another type of writing or language can be found on our mobile phones: emojis. We find all kinds of pictures there, crocodiles, crowns, hospitals. But there has only been an emoji with a headscarf since 2017. We owe this to a young person from Saudi Arabia, Rayouf Alhumedhi.

What are the other 21 youngsters doing? Among other things, bees, gun laws, plastic waste in the sea, visibility of “People of Color”, mental health, ... Many other topics or stories of commitment can be found in this book. They are all worth reading and they reflect the enthusiasm with which the children and young people work for their cause.

Who is this book for?

The simple answer: The book is recommended for children aged 10 and over. With a length of four to six pages, simple language and small illustrations in the chapters, the stories are easy to read. The glossary at the end of the book, which explains some of the terms from the inside, is also useful.

Now the somewhat more detailed answer: This book is also great for people who are no longer children or adolescents themselves. Because the stories of the young rebels remain exciting regardless of their age. It is exciting to read about the topics that move children and young people and what they are able to move.

Of course, some - but not all - of the rebels depicted received support from family and friends. But the ideas came from the children and young people. And the drive and perseverance - evil tongues would speak of stubbornness - is impressive.

Maybe that's a nice sign, especially for the younger and very young among us? That it is worth sticking to one thing tenaciously. In this sense, “Young Rebels” could be described as a collection of courageous stories.

If you have more information about the book or would like to read it, you can do so on the publisher's website.

Info about the book

25 young people who are changing the world

  • Benjamin Knödler & Christine Knödler, illustrated by Felicitas Horstschäfer
  • recommended for ages 10 and up
  • 160 pages
  • Hanser publishing house
  • Hard cover
  • ISBN 978-3-446-26640-7
  • Germany: € 18.00
  • Austria: € 18.50
  • ePUB format
  • E-book ISBN 978-3-446-26835-7
  • E-book Germany: € 13.99