To Change a Planet by Christina Soontornvat and Rahele Jomepour Bell

Happy, happy Friday! I am super excited and honored to celebrate To Change a Planet with Christina Soontornvat and Rahele Jomepour Bell! I wrote the words in purple, Christina wrote the words in black, and Rahele wrote the words in green. Thank you, Christina and Rahele! 


To Change a Planet is about how something that seems small (like a carbon molecule, or one degree of warming) can exert a huge effect on our planet. The good news is that the same applies to our own actions—humans may seem small, but we can change our planet for the better if we work together.

Rahele Jomepour Bell’s illustrations are intimate and personal, and also soaring and inspiring. In other words, Rahele is a master of her craft and I am so incredibly grateful that I got to work with her on this book.

Picture books are maybe the most important books of all because we usually read them together: caregiver and child, teacher and class, friend and friend. This shared experience of picture books is special and vital.


To Change a Planet’s cover invites readers to celebrate our planet, learn to better care for our planet, and love our planet.

Christina Soontornvat’s manuscript for To Change a Planet is like a time machine that takes you to the older days of our world and then into the future, as it thinks about the generations that will come after us. By reading this book, you are going to fall in love with our planet anew, only this time with deeper feelings, I promise you!

Picture books are our imagination’s power, the book maker’s magic mixed with the book reader’s magic. Picture books are magical.


Christina Soontornvat is an award-winning author, engineer, and STEM educator. Her many works for children include picture books and the Diary of an Ice Princess chapter book series. Her middle grade fantasy novel, A Wish in the Dark, and All ThirteenThe Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team were both named 2021 Newbery Honor Books.


Rahele Jomepour Bell is an illustrator of several picture books, including Our Favorite Day of the Year by A. E. Ali.  Rahele came to the United States from Iran in 2011 and pursued her dream of studying art at Iowa State University where she received her MFA in integrated visual arts. She believes all people share a common home in planet Earth, but may differ in their skin color, way of life, and their thinking. She loves these differences and believes this is what makes the world a beautiful place to live


Look for To Change a Planet on March 1, 2022. 

Scholastic's Description: 

A clarion call to protect our planet, our only home. 

One person.
Small, fleeting, insignificant.
But when one person, and one person,
and one person become many,
they can change a planet.

Spare, poetic text and breathtaking pictures invite readers on a stirring journey that gently illuminates the causes of climate change as well as how our individual and collective actions can make the world better. Meticulously researched and brimming with beauty, hope, and hands-on solutions that will edify and empower even the youngest readers, this loving ode to our planet is vital for every child and family.

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