pocket change: pitching in for a better world

Orca Book Publishers, Fall 2016

* a Junior Library Guild selection, the children’s non-fiction honor winner for the 2017 Green Earth Book Awards, shortlisted for the Silver Birch Non-fiction Award 2018, and selected for Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens 2017 (starred selection)

Around the world, people are questioning consumerism and leaning toward more sustainable lifestyles. What if you could meet all your needs while getting to know your neighbours and protecting the environment at the same time? Find out how growing a tiny cabbage can fight poverty, how a few dollars can help ten families start their own businesses and how running errands for a neighbour can help you learn to become a bike mechanic – for free!

ISBN: 9781459809666



“The language is simple enough for younger readers to understand without oversimplifying the topics. Parents and other adult readers will probably be able to learn something new from this book too! The book also presents readers with activities that they can do and organizations that they can learn more about, allowing kids to help solves some of the problems mentioned in this book. Overall, Pocket Change is a surprisingly radical book which encourages kids to question why we live the way that we do, and empowers them to make a difference!”

- Resource Links

“Its important message makes it a solid addition for group debates on social and environmental change.”

- School Library Journal

“Ambitious in its scope and mission … valuable in its illustration of alternative models of commerce.”

- Kirkus Reviews

“An important and accessible book for growing communities.”

- Booklist