The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Young Heroes: Inspirational Children from Around the World
At the age of ten, Maritza Morales Casanova had a dream: that the people of the Yucatan Peninsula would once again live in harmony with their natural environment, just as the Ancient Mayans had done.
After 20 years educating children and studying conservation, Maritza achieved her dream: the Ceiba Pentandra park opened in 2013, a place where children teach children about the care of the land.
Dylan Mahalingham, the founder of Lil’MDGs, knows that when children come together, they can make a world of difference. An organisation that encouraged children to get involved in meeting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, Lil’MDGs raised $780,000 for the victims of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia and $10million to help people rebuild their homes after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
This collection of remarkable young people’s achievements is truly inspirational, whether in the business world, in politics and activism, or the achievements that child sports and entertainment stars have worked tirelessly for. With a gentle guide to being a hero yourself at the back of the book, and a look back at great children of the past, these amazing young people give us all hope for the future.