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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Conservation & Protection

I Have the Right to Save My Planet

by (author) Alain Serres

illustrated by Aurélia Fronty

translated by Shelley Tanaka

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Environmental Conservation & Protection, Social Activism & Volunteering, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2


From the author and illustrator duo who created the award-winning I Have the Right to Be a Child comes this beautifully illustrated picture book about a child’s right to advocate for the environment they live in.

All children have the right to learn about the world, to celebrate the water, air and sunshine, and to be curious about the animals and plants that live on our planet. All children also have the right to learn about endangered species, to be concerned about plastic in the ocean, and to understand what a changing climate means for our Earth.

Scientists tell us that every living thing is connected. When we cut down forests, we destroy animal habitats. When we throw plastic in the garbage, it never really goes away. When we spray pesticides on our fruit and vegetables, we poison the earth, animals and ourselves.

What can children do to help? All children can draw posters of endangered animals to raise awareness. All children can send a letter to the leader of their country, signed by every member of their family. All children can protest along with their parents. Children have the right to do all these things as proclaimed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. All children have the right to try to help our Earth, in whatever ways they can.

Told from the perspective of a child, this colorful and vibrant book explores what it means to be a child who dreams of a beautiful future for their planet.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

About the authors

ALAIN SERRES was once a kindergarten teacher who was inspired by his young students to write children’s books. He has since published more than one hundred titles for children of all ages, many of which have been translated into other languages. Alain founded the highly regarded French publishing house Rue du Monde, whose mission is to provide children with books that allow them to question and imagine the world. He lives in Voisins-le-Bretonneux, France.


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AURÉLIA FRONTY studied textile design at l'école Duperré in Paris before she began to illustrate children's books. Her colorful, naïve-style art is inspired by her Catalan roots as well as her travels in Africa and Asia. She has illustrated more than forty titles, which have been published around the world. She has also exhibited her art in France and in the United Kingdom. She lives in Paris, France.


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SHELLEY TANAKA is an award-winning author, translator and editor. She has written more than twenty books for children and young adults, winning the Orbis Pictus Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Science in Society Book Award and the Information Book Award, and she has twice been nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. Other honors include Texas Blue Bonnet runner-up, School Library Journal Best Books, ALA Notables and IRA Young Adults’ Choice. Her translation of Michel Noel’s Good for Nothing won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and was on the IBBY Honor List (Commended). Shelley teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

Educators and conscientious older readers will perhaps best appreciate this wordy tome, and may find the book’s actionable suggestions galvanizing.

Publishers Weekly

I Have the Right to Save My Planet manages to balance urgency and hope. It is a child-focused, informative, and stunning picture book for anyone looking to introduce the concept of environmental activism to young readers.

Cloud Lake Literary

Fronty’s saturated tones perfectly balance Serres’ message: be bold, be brave, take a stand, because it is your right.

CM Review of Materials

A strong statement.

Kirkus Reviews

[A] winning addition to nonfiction collections.


The ideals of a healthy planet shine through in both the text and the bright, eye-catching illustrations.

School Library Journal

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