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Activism / Social Justice

Cover of Betty Before X
by Illyasah Shabazz

A powerful fictionalized account of the childhood activism of Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X's wife, written by their daughter who paints an inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.

Cover of Biddy Mason Speaks Up
by Arisa White, Laura Atkins

Bridget Biddy Mason, an African American philanthropist, healer, and midwife who was born into slavery. When Biddy arrived in California, where slavery was technically illegal, she was kept captive by her owners and forced to work without pay. But when Biddy learned that she was going to be taken to a slave state, she launched a plan to win her freedom. She refused to be defined by her enslavement, and coauthors Arisa White and Laura Atkins devote much of their narrative to Biddy Mason's later life as a business and civic leader in the fledgling city of Los Angeles.

Cover of Counting on Community
by Innosanto Nagara

Counting up from one stuffed piñata to ten hefty hens--and always counting on each other--children are encouraged to recognize the value of their community, the joys inherent in healthy eco-friendly activities, and the agency they posses to make change. A broad and inspiring vision of diversity is told through stories in words and pictures. And of course, there is a duck to find on every page of this sturdy board book!

Cover of Dolores Huerta: A Hero to
by Sarah Warren, illustrated by Robert Casilla

An illustrated look at the life and accomplishments of Dolores Huerta, who fought to ensure fair and safe work places for migrant workers. Includes a timeline and resources for teachers.

Cover of Farmer Will Allen and the
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin

The story of former basketball star and current urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, whose vision of gardening from abandoned urban sites has led to powerful grassroots organizations in Milwaukee and Chicago.

Cover of Freedom Riders: John Lewis
by Ann Bausum

Freedom Riders compares and contrasts the childhoods of John Lewis and James Zwerg in a way that helps young readers understand the segregated experience of our nation's past. It shows how a common interest in justice created the convergent path that enabled these young men to meet as Freedom Riders on a bus journey south. Recommended for late elementary and middle grade readers.

Cover of A Good Kind of Trouble
by Lisa Moore Ramee

A debut author offers up a funny and big-hearted middle-grade novel about friendship, family, and standing up for what's right. After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity.

Cover of A Is for Activist
written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara

The bestselling ABC book for families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that we believe in and fight for.

Cover of It All Comes Down To This
by Karen English

In the summer of 1965, Sophie's family becomes the first African Americans to move into their upper middle-class neighborhood in Los Angeles. When riots erupt in nearby Watts, she learns that life and her own place in it are a lot more complicated than they had seemed.

Cover of Poisoned Water: How the Ci
by Candy Cooper, Marc Aronson

Poisoned Water shows not just how the crisis unfolded in 2014, but also the history of racism and segregation that led up to it, the beliefs and attitudes that fueled it, and how the people of Flint fought-and are still fighting-for clean water and healthy lives.

Cover of Something Happened In Our
by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazards, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin

After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates. Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers that provides general guidance about addressing racism with children, child-friendly vocabulary definitions, conversation guides, and a link to additional online resources for parents and teachers.

Cover of Stonewall: A Building. An
by Rob Sanders

Describes the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969, which sparked the gay liberation movement in the United States, and details the history of LGBTQ rights since the riots.

Cover of We Are Water Protectors
by Carole Lindstrom

Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all... When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption. 

Cover of We Rise, We Resist, We Rai
Cheryl Willis Hudson, Wade Hudson, Ashley Bryan

What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 lavishly designed pages of original art and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice to young activists.

Cover of Woke: A Young Poet’s Cal
by Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo, Oliva Gatwood, Taylor Theodore

Woke is a collection of poems by women of color that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out. This will inspire kids to stay woke and become a new generation of activists.

Cover of Young Water Protectors: A
by Aslan Tudor & Kelly Tudor

8-year-old Aslan arrived in North Dakota to help stop a pipeline. Read about his inspiring experiences in the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock. Learn about what exactly happened there, and why.

Cover of The Youngest Marcher: the
by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

The story of how nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.