Thursday, April 20, 2017


Don’t be fooled by the classification of juvenile nonfiction, PHILANTHROPARTIES by Lulu Cerone (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster, May 2017) is for tweens, teens, young adults, and us grown folks! I was blown away at the quality and quantity of creative ideas between the covers!

Author Lulu Cerone was ten years old when she heard about the devastation of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. To raise money for Haitian relief, she organized a competitive lemonade stand that raised $4,000! Encouraged by this success, she founded LemonAID Warriors, a non-profit that shares idea guides for combining social activist intentions with fun events: philanthroparties!

The book is organized by month and offers three event ideas for each. Each idea comes with a list of supplies/materials needed and photo-illustrated step-by-step instructions. Here's just one idea: October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month. So, throw a Puppy Love Party! First coordinate with a shelter to make sure they can take your items. Then, have a party wherein you and your friends make homemade dog treats and toys... and then donate them to the shelter. Lulu gives recipes for dog and human treats and step-by-step instructions for making doggie toys with empty water bottles and old tube socks. Her ideas are very creative, thoughtful, and easily carried out.

I love Lulu's encouragement in the dedication, "Live each day with purpose and always remember to play"! Highly recommended for ages 10 to 110!

Perfect partner titles for this are:
  • Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster, Sept 2014)
  • The Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution: A Guide for the Next Generation by Bernie Sanders (Henry Holt, Aug 2017)
  • Can Your Smartphone Change the World? by Erinne Paisley (Orca, Sept 2017)
  • I Am Malala (youth edition) by Malala Yousafzai (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Sept 2015)
  • It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going by Chelsea Clinton (Philomel, Sept 2015)
  • Marley Dias Gets It Done - And So Can You by Marley Dias (Scholastic, Jan 2018)

Follow the author and her organization on Twitter (Lulu; LemonAID Warriors), Facebook, YouTube, and her blog.

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