Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 10
- Grade: 1 to 5
“Children have a unique curiosity for Nature and for this amazing planet we call home.” So writes HRH The Prince of Wales in his introduction to It’s Up to Us: Building a Brighter Future for Nature, People & Planet (The Children's Terra Carta).
Join His Royal Highness, author Christopher Lloyd, and 33 amazing award-winning artists from around the world, including Peter Sís, Harmony Becker, Wesley Bedrosian, Sally Deng, and Stuart Armstrong from the United States, on a beautiful, lyrical, and thought-provoking voyage through Nature, the threats we face, and an action plan for the future.
It’s Up to Us is based on the Terra Carta, a roadmap to sustainability issued by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and his Sustainable Markets Initiative. The story explains in lyrical text how Nature operates in a world without humans. It then shows the damaging impact People have had on the Planet. It finishes by proposing a series of new pledges that we can all make – a Terra Carta – to help solve the problems.
This book has been developed in partnership with The Prince’s Foundation, a charity established by HRH The Prince of Wales to demonstrate how Nature can be put at the heart of human activities. Half of all the proceeds from sales will go directly to the work of the charity, based at Dumfries House in Scotland, UK.
Printed in Canada on 30% recycled FSC paper with vegetable inks, and all carbon impacts of the production have been offset through sustainable forestry programs.
About the authors
Throughout his adult life, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has dedicated himself to charitable causes, including environmental protection and sustainable development. He launched the Terra Carta, his vision for a new contract between nature, people, and the planet, in early 2021.
Christopher Lloyd is a world history author, educator, and lecturer. His books include What on Earth Happened? The Complete Story of Planet, Life and People from the Beginning of Time to the Present Day (Bloomsbury 2008) and Absolutely Everything! A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention (What on Earth Books 2018). Most recently he edited the Britannica All New Kids’ Encyclopedia: What We Know and What We Don’t (Britannica Books 2020). It’s Up to Us has been written in collaboration with The Prince’s Foundation, which provides holistic solutions to the challenges facing the world today and champions a sustainable approach to how we live our lives and build our communities.
Luisa Uribe lives in Bogotá, Colombia. Her primary passion is children's books, especially picture books. Her work was selected in 2015 to be part of the Iberoamerica Ilustra catalog, which showcases some of the best illustration work by Spanish-speaking artists.
Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book and has been long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the illustrator of Grant and Tillie Go Walking by Monica Kulling and The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart, both highly acclaimed. Sydney has received a number of other awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. He now lives in Toronto and works in a shared studio space in Chinatown.
VANINA STARKOFF is a graphic designer, illustrator and children’s book author with eleven books to her credit. She lives in Buzios, Brazil, and runs workshops teaching art to indigenous children.
Isol is an Argentine author and illustrator of children’s books with a passion for comic book artistry, literature and the visual arts. She has been honored with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to children's literature, has twice been selected as a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and has won a Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. Her delightful leporello, Tener un patito es util (It’s Useful to Have a Duck), was chosen by AIGA as one of its “50 Books/50 Covers” for concept and design, and it was also named one of “Los mejores libros para niños y jóvenes 2008” (The best books for children and youth 2008) by Venezuela’s Banco del Libro. Isol has also written and illustrated Petit, the Monster; Beautiful Griselda and Nocturne, and she has illustrated Doggy Slippers by Jorge Luján. As noted by the ALMA jury's citation of her work, "Taking children’s clear view of the world as her starting point, [Isol] addresses their questions with forceful artistic expression and offers open answers. With liberating humour and levity, she also deals with the darker aspects of existence." Her books are highly acclaimed by reviewers and have been published in Argentina, Mexico, Spain, France, Canada and the US. Isol is also an advertising illustrator, a professional singer and a comic book writer.
"A beautiful book." - School Library Journal
"Readers ... will linger and consider the writing more in conjunction with the gorgeous artwork. Using styles ranging from realistic, geometric, and whimsical to folk-art, comic book, and surreal, 33 artists from around the world (many of whom will be new to American viewers) depict both the beauty of Earth and its need for help." - Angela Leeper, Booklist
"As much as this is a celebration of nature it also celebrates the global community ... Christopher Lloyd's words shine on each page." - Sarah Street, The Silvan Reverie
"I grew up in a country which was very polluted, very industrial … through the years of growth I started to become aware about the power stations and the industrial companies, and I have been trying to do any project I can to talk about the importance of the preservation of the planet, but also how beautiful things can be and how we have to be careful and caring about all this.” - Peter Sís, illustrator
“I wanted to paint and create a piece which felt like there was a lot of movement going on … the water, the environment, the people, the landscape have this great force to it that is bigger than us.” - Sally Deng, illustrator
“I saw that there is an imbalance with Nature and farming and how that’s affecting the globe, so I took the idea of an imbalance, like a waterfall, and mashed it up with a farm, and put the two together, and I thought that would be a nice metaphor which is open to interpretation and gets down to the feeling that things aren’t the way they are supposed to be.” - Wesley Bedrosian, illustrator
“I have been thinking a lot about how I can use art to inspire and educate people about what they can do to take care of the Earth around us, so I was really thrilled to be part of this project.” - Harmony Becker, illustrator