Engage in the Politics of a Changing World
Julie Knutson Traci Van Wagoner
Nomad Press Llc
Skipping Stones 2021 Honors Award Winner!
Examine what it means to be a global citizen, and learn about the rights and responsibilities that we all have.
The right to grow and thrive in a safe environment. The right to a name and an identity. The right to the free expression of ideas. The right to an education.
In Global Citizenship: Engage in the Politics of a Changing World, readers ages 12 to 15 discover the resources and information they need to learn about issues of global concern and strategies for taking informed action, as outlined by the Sustainable Development Goals set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly.
Each chapter centers on a specific human right defined by the United Nations’ "Convention on the Rights of the Child," focusing on the political, human, economic, environmental, and cultural guarantees born of our common humanity. Readers learn about the history and evolution of citizenship, about past and ongoing human rights struggles, about economic justice, and about environmental sustainability and the climate protests happening around the world. They also learn about cultural appreciation and preservation in an age of global convergence. All of these issues have major ties to the present and align with the values being described by today's movements, such as Black Lives Matter, which aims to reduce violence toward Black communities and individuals. Ready to create a better future for all? Let’s go!
• In an interconnected world with countless tools for education and social participation, children need not wait until adulthood to become civic participants and social justice advocates! Young people can forge local and international partnerships to combat inequality, promote sustainability, and foster intercultural understanding.
• Links to online resources provide a digital learning experience that integrates content with an interactive platform.
• Investigations include examining case studies, researching global groups working for change, and developing biographies of key people.
• Essential questions guide readers’ investigations while hands-on activities promote critical and creative problem solving, and text-to-world connections highlight the way the past provides context for the present-day world.
About the Inquire & Investigate series and Nomad Press
Nomad Press books in the Inquire & Investigate series integrate content with participation, encouraging readers to engage in student-directed learning. Combining content with inquiry-based projects stimulates learning and makes it active and alive. Nomad’s unique approach simultaneously grounds kids in factual knowledge while allowing them the space to be curious, creative, and critical thinkers.
All books are leveled for Guided Reading level and Lexile and align with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
All titles are available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook formats.
Julie Knutson is an author and educator with a wide-ranging background in history and the social sciences. She holds an undergraduate degree in cultural studies from NYU, a master’s degree in political sociology from The London School of Economics, and additional post-graduate degrees in education and art history from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is the author of a series of six books on agricultural “microproducers” titled Nature’s Makers (Cherry Lake, 2019). Julie is an active member of the National Council for the Social Studies and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Traci Van Wagoner holds degrees in illustration from Utah State University and in toy design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. A longtime member of SCBWI, Van Wagoner has illustrated many children’s books, and her work appears in magazines, newsletters, and on toys and games. When not painting, she is designing and developing games with her husband at Imagine That! Design. Her motto is live, laugh, and learn.