“I have nothing but excitement for what the world is going to look like. Young people today are putting up with less and less, yet at the same time creating room for more and more, which I think is the best combination.” – Sage Grace Dolan-Sandrino
Generation Brave – The Gen Z Kids who are Changing the World // by Kate Alexander // illustrated by Jade Orlando
Pub Day: September 22, 2020
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
An illustrated celebration of Gen Z activists fighting to make our world a better place.
Gen Z is populated—and defined—by activists. They are bold and original thinkers and not afraid to stand up to authority and conventional wisdom. From the March for Our Lives to the fight for human rights and climate change awareness, this generation is leading the way toward truth and hope like no generation before.
Generation Brave showcases Gen Z activists who are fighting for change on many fronts: climate change, LGBTQ rights, awareness and treatment of mental illness, gun control, gender equality, and corruption in business and government at the highest levels. Illustrated throughout, this book will offer a celebration of what might be the most influential generation of the century, including profiles of figures such as Simone Biles, Jaden Smith, Jazz Jennings, Haile Thomas, Yara Shahidi, Nadya Okamoto, Marley Dias, Helena Gualinga, Fionn Ferreira. . . and other amazing kids who are using their voices for good.
As a fan of the Rebel Girls books, I knew right away that this was a book I wanted to add to my shelves. Rather than focusing on women trail blazers and leaders like Rebel Girls, this book focuses on young activists in general that are trying to make positive change in the world, coming up with solutions to problems they did not create. Jade Orlando is the very talented illustrator that beautifully complements each activist with her art. The color schemes and style fit this book perfectly in a way that makes this a beautiful gem on your shelf without distracting too much from the topic either though.
This book is chock-full of inspiring activists that are split into the following general groups:
- challenging the system
- creating a safer world
- stopping the clock on climate change
- lifting each other up
- taking care of each other
This makes it easy to find specific people important to the cause you are trying to learn more about and want to support. They are all worthy causes of course but it is a good way to organize the content of this book a little bit. I do encourage you though to read through this book entirely, whether it is with your children or by yourself. This is a great book even for adults. I learned a lot while reading it.
There is a lot of interesting information about each person and cause in this book but an extra that I like a lot is that at the end of each section is the social media information of that person or group so that you can “Follow their Fight.” The info and description are not simply a quick few words either. It is nice to see that they go deeper than the surface often times, showing that there is a lot of focus on topics, such as diversity and intersectionality.
I highly encourage you to get this book as a way to start a conversation with your children or yourself about the many important causes that are covered. While this is definitely marketed to children and teens, I do not think that it is limited to just those age groups at all!
About the Author:
Kate Alexander is a writer, editor, and book lover. She is inspired by the fire and activism of Generation Z and by anyone else who stands up for what they believe in. She lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.
About the Illustrator:
Jade Orlando has loved art for as long as she can remember. After a childhood spend doodling cats and mythical creatures, she studied illustration as SCAD and set off on her journey as an illustrator. Her colorful work has been featured in books, apparel, advertising, and children’s products. Jade lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, greyhound, and four cats. When she’s not illustrating, you can usually find her curled up with her pets and a really good book.
About the Publisher:
Known for cutting-edge comics and best-selling humor, cookbook, puzzle, and children’s books, Andrews McMeel has a passion for publishing original talent and delighting readers with innovative books and gifts that are worth sharing.
Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.