When I first saw this book on social media, I knew it was something I wanted to share with my two teenage daughters and something I thought would be a good addition to our library collection.
Since the election in 2016, Maureen Johnson, the editor of this book, had been feeling that she wanted to DO SOMETHING. She was inspired by the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and the NEVER AGAIN movement. She asked various celebrities how they resist. Some celebrities wrote lists, others wrote essays. All encouraged kids to think about what really matters to them, what is important to them and to do research, to learn as much as they can about the topic and then to think about how best to get that message out there. Twitter. Social media. Rallies.
The intro Ms. Johnson wrote for the book is very easy to read, quick and to the point and makes her seem very approachable.
The book is a collection, so you can pick the celebrities you are interested in reading about, such as authors Jodi Picoult or Jennifer Weiner or actor Jessie Tyler Ferguson, and read what they had to say about resistance.
I think this a great book and I hope this is just Volume 1. I hope there are many more volumes to come. Encouraging our kids to take interest in the world around them and be an active part is always a good idea.
When I think back to who I was in high school and college, I realize that I had a lot more passion about things than I do now. Part of that is because I know more now, I am more jaded and yes, maybe more realistic. But what if we could make the world more like I envisioned before I became jaded? What if we could make the world work the way I thought it did? And by that, I mean equality for everyone, protecting the environment, no discrimination, everyone agrees that guns have no place in schools and that we need to address mental health and regulate gun ownership, everyone is accepted for who they are, etc., etc. Wouldn’t that be nice? Maybe the way to get there is to let those who have yet to become jaded enter the conversation.