Opening the hearts of children…

There is now a wide selection of wonderful children’s books about what is happening to our planet and the necessity of caring for it; about challenges to Mother Nature; about respecting and loving people who may seem vastly different from us; and so many more “non-fiction” concerns.

Indonesia / by Jimmy Nelson

The Humanity Initiative recently has begun to collect the most compelling of these books. In fact, we are looking for volunteers, anywhere in the world, who would like to take on the challenge of finding these treasures for younger generations, in any language, and helping develop this into an exciting resource. Please write us at if interested.

Here are our first choices, beginning with how to discover news you can trust:

  • What The Fact?! by Dr. Seema Yasmin. Here’s a teaching guide from the author.
  • True or False by Cindy L. Otis The author is a former CIA analyst. She helps readers avoid faliing victim to fake news.
  • Big Lies by Mark Kurlansky “Impassioned, thorough, and brilliant: describes the struggle for truth that keeps the world from descending into chaos (Harvard Book Store).”

Or the effect humans are having on the planet:

  • The Earth and I by James Lovelock et alia
  • Our Planet by Stacy McAnulty

Or how YOU hold the key to the future:

  • Save the People — Halting Human Extinction by Stacy McNulty
  • Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • We Are Still Here — Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell

Or about how to get along with other Earthlings:

  • I Have the Right by Reza Dalvond
  • Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow

Or amazing stories:

  • Human Kindness, Stories of Compassion that Changed the World by John Francis
  • The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
  • Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah Jones and Renee Watson
  • The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson


  • Africa is Not a Country by Dipo Faloyin
  • Better Than We Found It, Conversations to Help Save the World by Frederick Joseph and Porsche Joseph
  • The World, A Brief Introduction by Richard Haas
China / by Jimmy Nelson