NELSON to Publish Teen Social Activist Hannah Alper’s Empowering First Book, Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change

NELSON to Publish Teen Social Activist Hannah Alper's Empowering First Book, Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change (CNW Group/Nelson)

TORONTOAug. 29, 2017 /CNW/ – NELSON, Canada’s leading educational publisher, announced today their role as publisher for the release of Canadian teen blogger, motivational speaker and social activist, Hannah Alper’s first book, Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change. The book’s empowering message supports NELSON’s continual goal of providing quality content for adolescents.

As a writer, activist, public speaker and global citizen, 14-year old Hannah Alper has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action. Perhaps best known as a ME to WE motivational speaker and WE ambassador, she is committed to promoting big change through small, everyday actions and believes in the power of young people to shape the world they want to live in. Momentus shares this journey on the global stage and demonstrates her message coming to life.

“This book has been a passion project of mine for years and I am so happy that NELSON saw its potential to make a difference,” said Momentus author Hannah Alper. “I believe that if there are many of us making small actions, it will lead to big change. The title of this book grew out of that idea. When all of our actions are added up, the impact will be momentous and we will change the world. It is about all of us and all of our moments when we are inspired, passionate and moved to act—momentus.”

Comprised of various individual profiles, Momentus explores the lives of the social activists that have inspired Hannah during her lifetime and the significant impacts they are making on our world. Featuring 19 exclusive interviews—conducted by Hannah herself—with activists, celebrities and youth change-makers such as Malala Yousafzai (Nobel Peace Prize Winner), Lilly Singh, AKA ‘Superwoman’ (Youtube Creator and Author) and Brad Montague (Creator of Kid President), the book highlights practical examples of the power of positive change in the world, whether large or small. Topics include discussion on acts of change surrounding the environment, education, bullying, equality and inclusivity.

Momentus includes a foreword written by Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of WE that speaks to Hannah’s ability to inspire greatness in others through her belief that every person on earth—no matter what age they may be—has the power to make a world of difference as long as they have the courage to act.

“When we first met Hannah, she was only nine years old, and she completely blew us away,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “In all that she did, she exuded passion, positivity and purpose. After years of dedicating her time and energy to the causes she cares most about, she has since grown as an activist, blogger and impassioned public speaker who uses her voice to remind us that us there is always more work to be done and that we can all play a part in doing something about it.”

NELSON’s support of Momentus is representative of the Canadian publisher’s passion for, and deep understanding of the evolution of child learning. The partnership signals NELSON’s further consumer-centric diversification and overall vision to rethink the role of educational publisher, acting as a leading agent of change within the industry.

“Hearing Hannah speak at an educational conference was an experience I won’t soon forget,” said Steve Brown, NELSON President and CEO. “There was a great opportunity for NELSON to help Hannah spread her message of change and empowerment. We are honoured to be standing alongside her, launching Momentus into the consumer marketplace. Hannah is a true example of how an engaged learner can make an impact and inspire others to do the same.”

Momentus is now available for pre-order online at and and will be available at select Canadian retail locations in November 2017. Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #Momentus.

NELSON is Canada’s largest and leading educational publisher. NELSON believes in the evolution of life-long education and dedicates its business efforts to the creation of quality, innovative solutions that support the needs of every student, teacher, and instructor to empower learning success. For more information about NELSON, please visit us at or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Hannah Alper:
Since 9 years of age, Hannah has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action. Hannah has become an engaged global citizen seeking to deepen her understanding and connection to the world. Hannah’s journey comes to life through her blog Call Me Hannah and social media engagement as she explores social action and responsibility. Follow Hannah for more information on her upcoming initiatives on FacebookTwitterand Instagram.


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