New activity book for little global citizens
Today, I’m delighted to interview Karen Ng, co-creator of the new children’s activity book Little Book for Big Changes. If you have an elementary aged child, you’ll want to know about this fantastic resource for little global citizens. Be sure to grab the free recipe activity in this post to teach kids about food waste!
Little Book for Big Changes is available for pre-order on Kickstarter until December 28th. Karen has some great thank you gifts available to her campaign backers!
Little Book for Big Changes inspires young global citizens
Rebekah Gienapp: Karen, tell us about Little Book for Big Changes.
Karen Ng: Little Book for Big Changes is a children’s activity book inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Our book is designed to inform, empower, and motivate kids to take action on big challenges facing today’s world, such as poverty, inequality, and climate change. We want to help children become responsible global citizens through these fun, educational activities and ideas.
RG: Who is this book for?
KN: Our book is particularly designed to be educational and fun for kids around ages 7 – 10 and their grown-ups, though kids of any age will find activities to enjoy.
The activities involve varying degrees of adult guidance and supervision. We want grown-ups to help kids connect the concepts to the real world kids experience. That’s why the book includes a Guide for Grown-Ups. The guide has more information and resources that adults can use to support kids as they learn and engage with these topics.
RG: Have you written other books before?
KN: No, this is my first! My day job is actually in social impact investing. This involves helping people and organizations to invest in a way that makes the world a more inclusive, sustainable place. So, the topics in the book are not new to me.
Luckily, Kirsten Liepmann, who co-created the book with me, is a former elementary school teacher. She now works for an education non-profit. She’s made sure the content of the book is engaging and suitable for the children in our target age group.
RG: What inspired you to write a book for young global citizens?
KN: We started the project because we felt the world could benefit from more global citizens. We need more people who are aware of how the world works. Especially in light of recent world events, it’s clear that we need people who have a sense of empathy and responsbility to make the world more fair and sustainable.
We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of support on Kickstarter so far! It confirms our belief that there’s a demand from parents and educators for tools to help children actively engage on these imporant topics.
RG: How can people get a copy of Little Book for Big Changes?
KN: You can pre-order a copy of the book on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform, until December 28th. The money raised from the campaign will allow us to finish and deliver the book to kids around the world. Over 200 backers have helped us reach our funding goal to bring this book to life. We’d still like to share this book with even more children!
Free Download: Try this recipe to inspire kids to stop food waste
Little Book of Big Changes includes a wide variety of activities, including arts and crafts, science explorations, interactive projects, and word puzzles.
Below, Karen is generously sharing a free copy of a recipe from Peru that will inspire kids to reduce food waste. You can download a printable copy here (it includes adorable illustrations and background about food waste).
With holiday celebrations coming up, it’s a great time to talk with children about food waste. This recipe comes from Peru and makes use of leftover foods that might otherwise be thrown away.
Tacu Tacu recipe
1 cup leftover beans
1/2 cup leftover rice
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon chili paste
1/4 small yellow onion, minced
Optional: dried shredded meat or leftover vegetables
- Mash the beans in a bowl with a fork. Mix in the rice by hand. Set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Add the garlic, onion, and chili. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Mix garlic and onion mixutre in the rice and beans.
- Shape the mixture into two pancakes. Each pancake should be about 4 inches or 10 cm across.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over high heat and brown the pancakes in the pan (about two minutes per side.)