Books for SDGs & Design Thinking

K-12 Books: SDGs 

Global GoalBook TitleAuthor(s)ISBN #Lexile Reading LevelAge Range
Goal 1 – No Poverty$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in AmericaKathryn J. Edin
Luke Shaefer
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in AmericaBarbara Ehrenreich
Frances Fox Piven
Taking Action to End PovertyRebecca Sjonger9780778766599840L9-14
Goal 2 – Zero HungerSeedfolksPaul Fleischman9780060274719710L10-18
The Story of Seeds: Our food is in crisis. What will you do to protect it?Nancy Castaldo97803581201791100L11-13
Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-BeingBreakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the WorldJack Andraka9780062369659940L9-13
RETHiNK Card Deck Mindful Conversation Starters: 56 Questions to Encourage Compassion, Shift Perspective & Build ConnectionTheo Koffler9781683731016N/AN/A
Goal 4 – Quality EducationI am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the TalibanMalala & Patricia McCormick Yousafzai9780316322423830L11-13
The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary ChangeMargi Preus9781476730639760L11-14
Goal 5 – Gender EqualityBecause I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All AgesMelissa De la Cruz9781250154460980L12-18
Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a TimeTanya Stone97805535114991050L14-17
Taking Action to Achieve EqualityRebecca Sjonger9780778766582850L9-14
Goal 6 – Clean Water and SanitationA Long Walk to WaterLinda Sue Park 9780547577319720L11-14
Come back, SalmonMolly Cone9780871564894930L7-11
Under the IceKathy Conlan9781553370604980L8-12
Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday ProductsStephen Leahy9781770852952N/AN/A
Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean EnergyThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and HopeWilliam Kamkwamba
Bryan Mealer
Wind Power: 20 Projects to Make with PaperClive Dobson9781770857032N/A10-18
Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic GrowthCareersDK9781465429735N/A13-17
Factory GirlsLeslie Chang9780385520188N/AN/A
Taking Action for Responsible GrowthRebecca Sjonger9780778766513870L9-14
Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure17 Big Bets for a Better WorldStig Tackmann
Kristian Kampmann
Henrik Skovby 
The Industrial RevolutionLewis Helfand9789381182284800L10-18
Goal 10 – Reduced InequalitiesBeyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak OutSusan Kuklin9780763673680600L14-17
Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and CourageAmy Klobuchar97815247719971010L12-18
Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesHappy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban DesignCharles Montgomery9780374534882N/AN/A
Material World: A Global Family PortraitPeter Menzel, Paul Kennedy, Charles Mann9780871564306N/AN/A
Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and ProductionCast Away: Poems for Our TimeNaomi Shihab Nye9780062907691N/A8-12
Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly LifeLinda SivertsenTosh Sivertsen9781416961222N/A12-17
Goal 13 – Climate ActionDrawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global WarningPaul Hawken97801431304441280L14-17
One Earth: People of Color Protecting our PlanetAnuradha Rao97814598188661050L12-18
We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the PlanetXiuhtezcati Martinez97816356506791150L13-17
Goal 14 – Life Below WaterGoing Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & WetlandsCathryn Berger Kaye
Philippe Cousteau
World Without FishMark Kurlansky97807611850001160L10-17
Goal 15 – Life on LandForest Talk: How Trees CommunicateMelissa Koch97815415197701080L13-18
The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the PlanetJim Robbins9780812981292N/AN/A
Goal 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong InstitutionsHope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of InspirationRose Block9781524741853940L12-16
Putting Peace First: 7 Commitments to Change the WorldEric Dawson9781101997338850L10-17
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the BeginningJayson Reynolds
Ibram Kendi
Goal 17 – Partnerships for the GoalsLegacy: The Sustainable Development Goals in ActionMasami Sato
Paul Dunn
The Sustainable Development GoalsUnited Nations9789211013696N/AN/A
The Teen Guide to Global Action: How to Connect with Others (Near & Far) to Create Social ChangeBarbara Lewis9781575422664N/A12-17

Additional K-6 SDGs Recommended Readings can be found at the California Global Education Project.

K-12 Books: Relevant Topics 

TopicBook TitleAuthor(s)ISBN #Lexile Reading Level Age Range
Be a ChangemakerBe a Changemaker: How to Start Something That MattersLaurie Ann Thompson97815827046471130L12-18
It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!Chelsea Clinton9780399545320NC1270L10-14
Start Something That MattersBlake Mycoskie9780812981445N/AN/A
Teen Trailblazers: 30 Fearless Girls Who Changed the World Before They Were 20Jennifer Calvert, Vesna Asanovic 9781250200204N/A12-17
You Can Change the World! : Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference EverywhereMargaret Rooke, TaylorRichardson, Katie Hodgetts9781785925023N/A12-18
Design ThinkingDesign Thinking in the Classroom: Easy-to-Use Teaching Tools to Foster Creativity, Encourage Innovation, and Unleash Potential in Every StudentDavid Lee9781612438016N/AN/A
The Design Thinking Quick Start Guide: A 6-Step Process for Generating and Implementing Creative SolutionsIsabell Osann, Lena Mayer, Inga Wiele9781119679899N/AN/A
The Design Thinking Toolbox: A Guide to Mastering the Most Popular and Valuable Innovation MethodsMichael Lewrick, Patrick Link, Larry Leifer9781119629191N/AN/A
LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every StudentJohn Spencer, A.J. Juliani9780996989541N/AN/A
Inquire-Investigate Series (Common Core)Feminism: The March Toward Equal Rights For WomenJill Dearman9781619307551N/A12-15
Gender Identity: Beyond Pronouns and BathroomsMaria Cook97816193075681170L12-15
Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway EventsCarla Mooney97816193066601090L12-15
Immigration Nation: The American Identity in the Twenty-First CenturyJudy Dodge Cummings97816193076051080L12-15
Race Relations: The Struggle for Equality in AmericaBarbara Diggs97816193055571190L12-15
Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for PeaceCarla Mooney97816193059601180L12-15

Educator Books

SubjectTitleAuthor(s)ISBN #
EducatorComplete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social ActionCathryn Berger Kaye9781575423456
Educated by Design: Designing the Space to Experiment, Explore, and Extract Your Creative PotentialMichael Cohen9781949595109
The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleast Talent, and Lead a Culture of CreativityGeorge Couros9780986155499
Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash GeniusKatie Martin9781948334006
Ready-to-Use Resources for Genius Hour in the Classroom: Taking Passion Projects to the Next LevelAndi McNair9781618219015
Learner-Centered Leadership: A Blueprint for Transformational Change in Learning CommunitiesDevin Vodicka9781948334266
Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social GoodJennifer Williams9781564847928

This list is provided courtesy of 

The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education 


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