Changemakers KidsBooks Published by Changemakers Kids
The books currently published by Changemakers Kids include the following, which are available in print and as an ebook through Amazon and IngramSpark, and as an audio book through Audible.
THE BIG MUSHROOM BATTLE is the battle with the mushrooms that ensues after Luisa encounters mushrooms growing in a rock garden near the front door of her house.
She thinks they look very scary, but her mother, father, and older sister aren’t concerned, and her friends don’t help either.
She even dreams about the mushrooms coming at her like an army and is determined to fight them.
So what will happen and how will what Luisa learns about the mushrooms change everything?
This picture book tells her story.
BLANKETS IN THE BATHTUB is a story about a little girl who likes watching the shadows racing across her walls at night as she falls asleep.
She even talks to some shadows, and one night, she meets Mr. Pim, a roly poly imp and quietly tells him about her experiences at school that day.
But one night she excitedly tells him a story, and her parents hear her. Mr. Pim suggests they speak in the bathroom, so she takes her blankets there and later returns to her room after speaking to him.
But one night she falls asleep in the bathtub.
What will happen when her mother discovers her there?
BLANKETS IN THE BATHTUB tells her story.
THE DRAGON WHO WANTED TO BE A TURTLE is a story about a dragon who doesn’t like many things he has to do, such as breathing fire, racing across the island, and flying high in the sky.
After he sees some turtles frolicking in the water, he envies their relaxed life and wishes he could be a turtle.
Then, an attack by some hawks leads him to help the turtles and think about who he is and what he really wants to be.
THE DRAGON WHO WANTED TO BE A TURTLE tells his story.
FLY, FLY AWAY is a story about a fly who likes flying around the garden and feasting on the nectar, fruit, and sugary liquid in a glass.
Then, he looks through a window into a big house and is curious about what’s it’s like inside.
But after he flies in through an open door and is drawn to a jar of honey and plate with bits of fruit, he encounters the two boys and their parents who live there, and soon he has to evade the mother’s hand and the father’s can of bug spray.
Can he escape back into the garden? What will happen if he gets back? Fly, Fly Away tells his story.
THE BUSH THAT CAME BACK is a whimsical story about how Rhoda Rhododendron faces a big challenge after new owners, the Talbots move in with their two sons and daughter.
They decide she has been growing too tall, since her branches cover up part of the front window.
So Mr. Talbot cuts off her high branches and beautiful flowers, and after she grows back, he cuts her down again.
Eventually plans to get rid of her completely. But will he do that? And what will happen to Rhoda?
This picture book tells her story.
THE JUNGLE IN THE BASEMENT is a story in which Alicia hears her parents talking about a crack in the basement where plants could grow, and soon she sees plants growing up.
Soon she sees even more and more plants, until they are covering the floor like a carpet. Then, she sees a caterpillar, a lizard, and butterflies as the plants grow higher and higher.
She even sees a lion chasing a tiger, and she warns her mother about the jungle in the basement.
So what will happen after she warns her mother about what she has seen? THE JUNGLE IN THE BASEMENT tells her story.
THE BEAN THAT DIDN’T WANT TO BE COOKED is a whimsical story about how Sally Stringbean escapes being cooked in a series of ways.
She falls out of the shopping bag in the grocery store and on the way home. She enjoys being played with by the family cat and dog.
She pops out of the pan on the stove and lands on the floor. And more.
What will finally happen to Sally? This picture book tells her story.
The Squirrel Who Wanted a Change is a whimsical story about a squirrel who didn’t like getting chased and was curious about the warm cozy houses and how the people who lived there seemed to have so much fun.
Though his squirrel friends laugh at him, he tries various ways to get inside and eventually becomes friends with a new boy in town who likes to play games on his computer.
In the end, he discovers many new things to do with his new friend.
Elise and the Big Bad Plant is a story in which Elise sees a plant with thorns that grows up very quickly after her family has moved to a new house.
As the plant grows larger and larger, she wonders about its odd purple flowers and finds it a little scary.
Soon she is even dreams about it. So what will happen to Elise and this “big bad plant”?
Bad Dog is a story about a dog named Randy who doesn’t behave very well, as told by the boy who owns him.
Randy escapes from his leash, runs through the neighbor’s rose bushes, creates a mess at a pumpkin patch, sometimes barks at night waking everyone up, and more.
But the boy still loves him, and he thinks about how it’s the same with his mother. She still loves him, even when he misbehaves, and she tells him not to do what he did wrong anymore.
The Upside Down Day is a story in which everything seems to be topsy turvy for Tommy.
He wakes up late, puts on socks that don’t match, wears his shirt inside out, and opens his book upside down. Even the cat looks upside down when it lays on its back.
So Tommy is very upset, until his parents try to comfort him with some advice and he has a mysterious visitor in his dreams.
The Dog Who Wanted to Be a Cat is a whimsical story about how a dog wished he could be a cat, because he was jealous of the cat’s freedom and independence and didn’t like having to follow orders and go through puppy training.
But when he runs off to be free and independent, he finds he misses many of the perks of being a dog after all.
Coyote, Buffalo, and the Rock: An Adaptation of a Traditional Native American Folktale (Told by the Sioux of the Great Plains)
Coyote, Buffalo, and the Rock is an adaptation of a traditional Native American folktale told by the Sioux of the Great Plains. In the story, Coyote gives the gift of a blanket to a rock as he takes a walk with buffalo. When it gets cold and rains, Coyote takes it back. But the rock objects and chases after him.
What will happen when rock finally catches him and teaches him a lesson?
How Coyote Brought Winter Into the World: An Adaptation of a Traditional Native American Folk Tale (Told by the Zuni People)
How Coyote Brought Winter into the World is an adaptation of Native American folktale told by the Zuni. In the story, Coyote brings winter by letting the sun escape from a box he steals from an Indian village during a dance celebration.
Can he get it back with Eagle’s help, and what will happen if he doesn’t get it?
How Coyote Became Clever: An Adaptation of a Traditional Native American Folktale (Told by the Karok People)
How Coyote Became Clever is an adaptation of a traditional Native American folktale told by the Karok people. In the story, Coyote seeks the gift of being smart from the maker of all animals, and he tries to outwit the other animals by staying awake to get the first gift.
But will that strategy work? And if not, what happens if he is the last to get anything?
(Picture Book, Age 5-8).
Devon is a duck who doesn’t like to stay in line when he is growing up on a small island in a pond. Instead, he is very curious and likes to explore, so his parents keep looking for him and tell him to get back in line. But a few days later, he is off exploring again. One day, he confronts a dog and manages to escape when his parents come looking for him. So he promises he won’t go off on his own any more.
But will he keep his promise? Or will something unusual draw him away from the line again? FOLLOW THE DUCKS tells his story.
After growing up in a pet store surrounded by dogs, cats, and other animals, Danny has lost his ability to quack. After being bought by a little girl and dropped off in the woods by her father, Danny goes on a journey to regain his ability to quack. Along the way, he meets an owl, mole, and spider, but he ends up clucking like a hen, mewing like a cat, barking like a dog, oinking like a pig, squeaking like a mouse, and cooing like a quail.
Finally, he goes to see Freddy the Frog, who lives near a lake where he has seen other ducks. Will Freddy be able to help? THE DUCK THAT CROWED tells Danny’s story.
Max is a Meerkat with a problem. Soon after he is born, he discovers he can’t stand up when his mother teaches him and his brothers and sisters to stand. When he tries he falls down and his brothers and sisters laugh at him. But he finds he can run faster than anyone else and goes off to explore the desert near his home.
Then, one day, a hawk threatens Max and his brothers and sisters. Can they escape? Can Max do anything to help? And can he learn to stand up for himself?
Suki, an island, and Torvi, the sea, have a problem at a time when the sun, land, and sea can speak to one another. Over the years it became warmer and warmer, and there were more storms and rain. The wind blew harder and harder, and Torvi became angry and his waves rose higher and higher. He began taking sand from Suki’s beaches, and they began fighting. Finally, Suki tells Torvi not to be angry at her, because the wind makes his waves rise so high, and she will go talk to the wind. But the wind can’t help because no trees hold him back. So Suki reaches out to the sun and wind for help in getting the trees to come.
Will Suki find a way to get the trees? If they come, will that calm Torvi down? Will Suki and Torvi ever be able to live in peace. This book tells their story, in a parable about the land, sea, and forces of nature.
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