Monday, September 6, 2010

Zebrafish and Generation Cures

This is kind of a book review, but mostly not. Zebrafish is a graphic novel about a group of kids who form a band to raise money for a good cause, which turns out to be equipment for cancer research.

Zebrafish the book is an extension of an online animated series by the same name developed for an organization by the name of Generation Cures. Zebrafish is named after the small, transparent fish used for studying disease.

It is a cute book for tweens with a good message, and part of the proceeds from sales go to Children's Hospital Boston. Bigger than just the book, however, is the organization behind Zebrafish—Generation Cures.

Generation Cures is a philanthropic movement founded in May 2008, inspiring kids to help other kids with medical problems through "engagement on their own terms" via fundraising activities and digital media. Generation Cures is attempting to teach kids to care about others, to believe they can make a difference, and to mobilize their families to help find cures for childhood diseases.

The award-winning Generation Cures website has pages for kids, teens, parents, and teachers and includes games, ideas, and ways to give. You can also like Generation Cures on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

The website and Facebook page are full of stories of kids making a difference as well as celebrities such as Demi Lovato and Jennie Garth. If you are interested in helping your kids learn how they can make a difference in the world, this could be a great place to start.

Generation Cures has won a variety of awards, including Website of the Year by Mom's Choice Awards; Kid Zui Seal, given by a review board of more than 200 teachers and parents; Gold Davey Awards, honoring creative excellence; and Parents' Choice Awards, for Fall 2009 website.

Honesty Clause: I received a review copy of Zebrafish at no charge. List price is $16.99.