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Little by Little

You Can Change the World

By Sonya Ballantyne
Illustrated by Rhael McGregor
Toben Racicot
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Nonfiction, Social Topics, Social Activists, Indigenous, Biography
Big Ideas: Contemporary Setting, Social Emotional Learning, Courage, Empathy, Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance, Social Justice, Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Foster Care and the Child Welfare System

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–6
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell T, Lexile® Framework for Reading: HL560L
Paperback : 9781774920985, 56 pages, August 2024
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781774920992, 56 pages, September 2024
Ebook (PDF) : 9781774921005, 56 pages, September 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-08-27
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The inspiring true story of how Michael Redhead Champagne found his voice to create change in his community.


Michael might be young, but he’s got a big heart and a strong sense of right and wrong. He knows it’s right to help people when they need it—but what can he do when so many people need help?

When Michael finds out about an upcoming youth conference, he sees his chance to learn more about helping others. But when he gets to the conference, he’s the youngest person there! And the speaker on stage is saying things about his community that aren’t true. Will Michael be brave enough to use his voice to stand up for what he knows is right?

Little by Little is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel about how one Indigenous child sparked change and inspired others.


A gentle, uplifting, and inspiring story about a gentle, uplifting, and inspiring person. In this little book, Michael teaches us and our future generations that anyone can be a change-maker by using their voice.

Rosanna Deerchild, poet and CBC Radio host

Little by Little is the kind of inspirational story that can truly encourage change. It’s a beautifully presented work of art that provides a profound sense of home for Indigenous readers and an excellent learning opportunity for all. This graphic novel is essential reading for young people wanting to learn how to make a difference in their community.

Waubgeshig Rice