Katie Smith Milway

Books by This Author

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference

Illustrated by: Eugenie Fernandes
Age Level: 6-9

This fictionalized story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana, who changes his world with a small loan and one hen, is based on a real person. Kwabena Darko lives in West Africa and started a system of micro-loans in villages that would not otherwise have access. Additional resources and sources for further information allow readers to find out more.

The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World

Age Level: 6-9

Separated from his family when they were forced to flee their home, a young East African boy named Deo lives alone in the Lukole refugee camp in Tanzania. With scarce resources at the camp, bullies have formed gangs to steal what they can, and a leader named Remy has begun targeting Deo. Then one day a coach gathers all the children to play soccer. Though Deo loves soccer and has even made his own ball out of banana leaves, he's unsure at first about joining in when he sees Remy on the field. But as Deo and the other boys get drawn into the game, everything begins to change.

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough

Illustrated by: Sylvie Daigneault
Age Level: 6-9

Product Description: Eleven-year-old María Luz and her family live on a small farm in Honduras. When María's father must leave home to find work, she is left in charge of their garden. When a new teacher introduces her to sustainable farming practices, the farms — and the hopes — of María and her neighbors begin to grow. The story is based on real farming movements taking place in Honduras and around the world.