Ask a bunch of kids a question, you’ll never come up short on answers — incisive, unpredictable and encouragingly earth-friendly. (I asked thousands of kids 24 questions when I was putting together my latest book, Kids Make It Better: A Write-in, Draw-in Journal.) Last week, I asked this one:

“If you could give the earth anything this holiday season, what would it be?”

DrawingBy Theona, age 6

 

A new atmosphere because ours is breaking.

– Bud, age 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Museum drawingBy Sam, age 5

 

A museum as tall as the Statue of Liberty with 114 rooms with weird-shaped windows that change colors.

– Nicky, age 7

 

 

 

 

answer“By my calculations, it is 42.” “I’m impressed.”

 

 

 

The answer to everything.

– Carter, age 7

 

 

artBy T.J., age 6

 

 

A dog.

– T.J., age 6

 

Sparkly pink, blue, and orange snow.

– Rachel, age 8

 

 

 

 

 

Earth giftBy Olivia, age 9

 

Less wars. If people would work things out with words, they wouldn’t need to fight.

– Bradley, age 7

 

A cure for cancer. I know a boy that has cancer and someone I know had a spot removed from her shin. My grammy’s dog has cancer, too.

– Sydney, age 8

 

 

 

Drawing

 

A vacuum cleaner to clean up pollution.

– Madeline, age 8

 

 

 

Drawing

 

A humongous trophy.

– Chloe, age 5

 

Patience.

– Madeline, age 8

 

 

 

 

DrawingBy Andrew, age 6

 

A cup of smiles so everyone would be happy.

– Daniel, age 8

 

 

Special thanks drawing

Hey, Grist readers, here’s a question for the kids you know:

“What is one New Year’s resolution everybody should make?”

Post kids’ answers in comments below or on Grist’s Facebook page and you’ll get a chance to win an autographed copy of Suzy Becker’s book Kids Make It Better: A Write-in, Draw-in Journal.

 Book cover.

 

 

 

Special thanks to the Florence Sawyer Elementary School and the rest of the Kids Make It Better brain trust.