Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
- Reading age: 12
14 Kids…14 Stories…Countless Hearts Touched
In Pay It Forward Kids, readers will meet ordinary kids from across North America who have done extraordinary things, all on their own initiatives. They have set out to "pay it forward" to someone else, with astonishing results. The ripple effect of their deeds have inspired others to join their causes, and in some cases, to start missions of their own.
These kids have raised both money and awareness for causes such as homelessness, human rights, orphans, and literacy. They've rescued child slaves, provided hope to the sick, and comfort for the dying. They've also enabled others to enjoy pleasures that many people take for granted.
These powerful stories demonstrate that you're never too young to make a difference or to improve the life of another. Kindness can be done by anyone…you just need to step up and start.
A percentage of all royalties from this project will be donated to the official Pay It Forward Foundation to continue to support this message and work.
About the author
Nancy Runstedler grew up in Wellesley, Ontario. She has worked in both public and school libraries. She is the author of the novel Beautiful Goodbye. She never leaves the house without two "pay it forward" bracelets on her wrists — one as a constant reminder to do good, and the other to give away when opportunities present themselves. She lives in Paris, Ontario with her daughter.
"If you're looking for examples of creative thinking and altruism among today's young people, Pay It Forward Kids has what you want. You will applaud all of these stories for the way innovation and compassion have made big things happen from small beginnings. Here are 14 stories of kids who embraced the 'pay it forward' philosophy using only their imagination and determination to succeed. They have drawn upon stories of despair from the news or from personal challenges, and turned them into inspirational projects to benefit others. If reading about random (and planned) acts of kindness encourages more of them, this book should take 'pay it forward' to new levels.
— CM Magazine
"Each story is thoroughly inspirational and motivational. Highly recommended, especially for grade school, high school, and public library collections!"
— Midwest Book Review
"Each new chapter introduces readers to an outstanding world citizen with a cause... You cannot help but be astounded by their extraordinary spirit and drive to make their world, and ours, a much better place."
— Sal's Fiction Addiction
"(An) inspiring collection of stories. A great addition to any school and church library."
— Waterloo Region Record