Inspiring Future Generations

Imagine if every reader was a changemaker. The Ashoka Worldreader Changemaker Collection is a series of high-quality children's picture books that illustrate the transformational journey of a young person leading change from Indonesia to Brazil. 

Each story includes a series of activities that cultivate empathy, socio-emotional intelligence, creative problem solving, teamwork, and leadership - the new skills necessary for navigating and driving change in a new world. These books were created by changemakers, for changemakers:

  • These stories are tailored for children ages 6-12, but enjoyable for all ages.
  • Each book was illustrated by a local artist and co-created with the young changemaker whose journey inspired the story.
  • Each story was written by a young changemaker and translated by a team of changemakers around the world. 
  • These stories and activities are available to anyone looking to start their changemaker journey in themselves, their families, their classrooms, and their communities.

By sharing these stories, we hope to inspire children and young people around the world to unleash their power as changemakers. Read our selection of stories below!

Rebecca, The Maasai Changemaker

Rebecca, The Maasai Changemaker is inspired by the true story of a young girl in Kenya who was alarmed by the signs of climate change in her community. She educated herself about the problem, then galvanized her community and the government to take action and protect the environment. 

How did she change the minds of adults? What can we learn from her journey? Read and discover. 


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Art for All

Art for All is inspired by the true story of a young girl in Egypt who noticed that the refugees in her community sometimes had difficulty adjusting to their new home. She wanted everyone to feel welcome and to have the chance to be happy! Determined to take action, she used her love of art to help the refugees integrate into the community.

Who inspired her to take action? How did she do it? Read and discover. 

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To Clean a Creek

To Clean a Creek is inspired by the true story of a young boy in Brazil who was saddened by the trash in and around the river near his home. Determined to take action, he inspired the people in his community to work together to clean up the river and restore the natural beauty of the area.

What role did his friends play in changing their community? Why does it matter? Read and imagine a cleaner, safer world for you and your community.

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The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project is inspired by the true story of a young girl in India who aspires for a world where wellbeing and mental health are a priority for every school, educator, and young person. Imagine if every student felt powerful to create a more positive environment in their classrooms and schools.

How did she overcome the stigma around mental health in her school? Why did she take on this challenge? Read and learn how you can take your first step to create a healthier, happier world. 

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Project Moo

Project Moo is based on the true story of how one girl from Indonesia used her love of animals to help hundreds of farmers - and cows - in her community. This story demonstrates how with supportive adult allies and a dream, any young person can positively impact their community.

Why does she care about cows? Who supported her on her journey? Read and discover how you can create change.


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Inspiring Future Generations

The Ashoka Worldreader Changemaker collection is a series of high-quality children's picture books to illustrate the transformational journey of a young person leading change. Each story is based on a true story of a young person who had a dream, formed a team, and changed their world. Now, these young leaders are activating others to solve a problem in their community and start their lifelong path to changemaking.

Love the stories? Support us in creating more stories of young people to include even more voices, perspectives, identities, social issues, and backgrounds so every young person can see themselves as a changemaker. 

Meet the Real Changemakers

Meet the five young people behind each story in the Ashoka Worldreader Changemaker Collection. 

Meet our Partner: Worldreader

Worldreader believes that readers build a better world. A nonprofit with a low-cost, high-tech approach, Worldreader combines 21st-century technology, culturally-relevant digital books, and supportive programming to improve learning outcomes, workforce readiness, and gender equity in vulnerable communities around the world. Since 2010, Worldreader and its partners have distributed over 58 million digital books to more than 17 million children and young adults across six regions (United States, East Africa, West Africa, Latin America, MENA, and South Asia). Worldreader is always looking for partners to reach millions more.