Booklists | November 10, 2022

8 Books to Help Children Build a Better World


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The reading crisis is a global issue. Around the world, 64% of 10-year-olds are unable to read and understand a simple story. While this is frightening, our BookSmart app gets children reading. When children have the opportunity to read, they learn invaluable skills, experience joy, and reach their potential.

We believe that readers build a better world, but as readers ourselves, we know a better world often can’t be built all at once. Sometimes we start small, building better habits within ourselves or in our neighborhoods. So, we’ve crafted a digital reading solution to help children achieve a better world in a million little ways that add up to massive impact.

It’s why BookSmart is so diverse. These books can teach us a wide range of important themes – including how to build stronger relationships, healthier habits, or just a crazier imagination. 

So we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite BookSmart reads that have helped us and our families build better worlds. How about you have any stories helped you build something better in your life?

Build better relationships

The Golden Acorn Tree

The Golden Acorn Tree by Jocelyn Argueta

Published by Room to Read

Ages 6-8

Follow a friendly squirrel as she explores a charming forest and gathers acorns for her neighbors. Then discover how a shy skunk becomes an unlikely hero when their reliable tree is taken away without warning. Young children will delight in this sweet tale of friends with tails who help and accept every animal in their forest community.

► Discover the value of friendship here.

► Leer en español aquí.

Build imagination

Small Bird's Big Adventure

Small Bird’s Big Adventure by Nick Mulgrew

Published by Book Dash

Ages 6-8

Small Bird loves the Giant. But where is the Giant? Small Bird goes on an adventure to find her.

► Discover a new adventure here.

Build a healthier planet

The Voice of an Island by Lupe Vaai

Published by Voices of Future Generations

Ages 6-8

Inspired by the stories told by her grandmother, young Katalina embarks on a journey to restore nature and fight for her beloved island.

► Enjoy nature here.

► Leer en español aquí.

Build knowledge

When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up by Michele Fry

Published by Book Dash

Ages 6-8

I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Can you help me choose?

► Learn about finding your future here.

Build self-confidence

Is There Anyone Like Me?

Is There Anyone Like Me? by Fred Strydom

Published by Book Dash

Ages 6-8

A young animal questions whether there is anyone else like them in the world, and comes to discover that they are special in their own way.

► Join their journey of self-discovery here.

► Leer en español aquí.

Build better health

Walking Together

Walking Together by Jade Mathieson

Published by Book Dash

Ages 6-8

A walk to the clinic doesn’t have to be dull, especially when there are so many wonderful things to see on the way.

► Follow the family here.

Build peace

Building Peace

Building Peace by Regina Santiago

Published by Room to Read

Ages 6-8

How do we build peace? Letter by letter! Read about how four young activists find ways to stand up for others and for the planet—and how we can, too.

► Find a path to peace here.

Build welcoming spaces

Art for All

Art for All by Olivia Wood

Published by Worldreader and Ashoka

Ages 6-8

Art for All is inspired by the true story of a young girl in Egypt who noticed that the refugees in her community sometimes had difficulty adjusting to their new home. Determined to take action, she used her love of art to help everyone feel welcome and have the chance to be happy!

► Uncover art in action here.

► Leer en español aquí.

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