Kids haven’t had it easy during the pandemic. Confined to their homes, they haven’t been able to see their friends, play outdoors or even go to school.
But that hasn’t stopped many extraordinary young people from making their voices heard, such as 10-year-old Annie Jones from Oxford, who became a Big Issue cover star in January after urging politicians to do more on climate change and poverty.
Here, Susan Hayes and Penelope Arlon pick their best books to inspire children into action. Whether it is on climate changing, cooking, or acting – there’s something in this list for every type of child.
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Tilly’s Kitchen Takeover by Matilda Ramsay
The great thing about this cookbook is that it’s written by, and for, a child. Matilda Ramsay (inspired by her father, Gordon) offers kid-friendly, healthy recipes with such fully explained step-by-steps and patient preparation tips that a child needs little overseeing. The recipes are delicious too!
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
If you want kids to play creatively, develop their imaginations, and conjure up their own magical worlds, this beautiful picture book is a great place to start. It can also help children to cope with feelings of helplessness and anger.