Changemakers KidsBooks Published by Changemakers Kids
sBooks published by Changemakers Kids include the following, which are available in print and as ebook through Amazon and IngramSpark, and as audio books through Audible.
My Collison is a story about a boy who sees what happens when his father has a minor collision with another driver after which they exchange driver information and drive away.
Soon after that, he has his own collision when a teenage bike rider rams into his bike, which topples over.
He is ready to yell at the teenager for causing the accident, when he remembers how his father and the other driver settled their own collision peaceably, so he decides to do the same.
What will happen? Will he be able to settle the collision amicably or will the discussion with the teenager escalate?
And what will his parents say when they see the damaged bike lying on its side in the street?
What’s Beyond the Beach? is a story about boy who loses his family and friends in a flood. So he goes to the beach to look for them, and a whale takes him out to see.
There, he meets a mermaid who gives him a gift and a dragon, who says he will help him, but he must do certain tasks for him, including finding a treasure and a princess.
Will the boy find what he needs to find? Will he find his family and friends?
What’s especially unique about this story is that all the illustrations have been created through AI, based on writing a short sentence or series of words.
I Wish I Could Be: A Dog’s Tale is a story about a Beagle who sees all kinds of dogs at a dog park and imagines what it would be like to be different dogs.
He wishes he might be a German Shepherd, a Pomeranian, a Cocker Spaniel, a Border Collie, a Golden Retriever, a Dachshund, and many other popular dogs.
But finally, as his human Rodney takes him exploring in the woods and hugs him, he decides he likes being a Beagle after all.
What is unique about his journey is that all the illustrations have been created through AI, based on writing a short sentence or series of words So I Wish I Could Be: A Dog’s Tale is both a magical adventure based on using one’s imagination on a journey and an exploration of a new technology medium.
Zoo Do is a story about boy who feels lonely after his family moves to a new town, so his parents take him to the zoo to cheer him up.
There, he sees and imitates many of the animals he sees, including toucans, hyenas, lions, elephants, and chimpanzees.
Then, at school for “Show and Tell,” he does a demonstration of all the animals he saw at the zoo, and the other children see him in a new way. As a result, he makes new friends and gets a nickname to go with his story.
What is unique about this story is that all the illustrations have been created through AI, based on writing a short sentence or series of words.
So Zoo Do is both a story about a boy’s experience in visiting the zoo and an exploration of a new technology medium.
Grandma’s Marriage is a story about a little girl, Susanna, who advises her favorite grandmother to get married again, even though everyone else in the family is against it.
After her grandmother comes for a visit and they do all kinds of fun things together, Susanna writes her grandmother a letter telling her to marry again, and she does.
As a result, her parents are very mad at her, and she wonders if she should have sent that letter.
What will happen? Did Susanna give her grandmother good advice?
Will the marriage work out? What do Susanna’s parents think about what happens?
Whoosh! is a story about boy who goes on his first plane flight, and as he looks out of the window, he imagines all kinds of things.
He is flying like a bird, becoming a cloud, seeing rivers that look like snakes, imaging he is piling up tiny houses like a tower of blocks, and more.
At the end of the flight, his father asks him how he liked his first flight, and he says, “I really flew!”
Unique about his journey, is that all the illustrations have been created through AI. So Whoosh! is both a story about using one’s imagination on a journey and an exploration of a new technology medium.
It’s Tough Being a Doll is a story about all the difficulties a doll faces, told from the doll’s point of view.
Among other things, the doll describes being left in a hot car, put in a dark closet, fought over by her owner Mandy’s two brothers, stepped on by Mandy’s father, and more.
But in the end, she feels loved by Mandy and her younger sister, who becomes the new doll’s owner when Mandy grows up.
It’s a story that’ll get kids to think about dolls in a new way.
The Fly that Wouldn’t Go Away is a story about a boy who wakes up to a fly buzzing around his room and he starts to chase it to get rid of it.
As he chases it, the fly seems to be taunting and laughing at him, as he wreaks havoc in his room.
So what will happen to the boy and the fly?.
The Fly that Wouldn’t Go Away tells their story.
Mouse in the House is a story in rhyme about a girl who discovers a mouse in the house, and she isn’t sure what to do about it.
After it runs away, her parents think she imagined it, and when she sees it hiding in a shoe, she wonders if she should tell her parents.
But the mouse is very scared, and she is afraid of what they might do to it.
So what should she do?
In Why Can’t You Be? Alicia feels discouraged because her mother repeatedly finds fault with what she has done and asks why she can’t be like her cousin or sisters.
Her mother complains when Alicia tracks mud into the kitchen, practices musical scales in her room, doesn’t do creative artwork like her sister, and leads pigeons into the house.
Then, as Alicia thinks about why she can’t do anything right and why she can’t be herself, she gets an idea that changes everything.
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).
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?
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.
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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