Social Justice Picture Books for Young Activists
More and more children are getting involved in protests and activism. Help them understand their voice matters with this wonderful collection of social justice picture books, many of which will serve as an inspiration to the younger generations.
Activism and Young Children
More children are getting involved in activism, whether with their parents or teenagers making their voice heard. But do they really consider why they are protesting? We can help our students understand what activism is all about, why people make their voice heard and the rich history of inspiring groups and individuals whose footsteps they are walking in. The social justice picture books will help give our students change to develop their knowledge and ask questions.
Social Justice Picture Books
These social justice picture books cover many areas of protests and activism. They will prompt conversations about the reasons people fight for their beliefs. There are books for all ages from pre-school upwards. However, some are more suited to older children. Please do some research to discover the best books for your classroom or library.
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle and Rafael López
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
Emmeline Pankhurst by Lisbeth Kaiser
I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote by Linda Arms White
If You're Going to a March by Martha Freeman
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
Lillian's Right to Vote by Jonah Winter
Love Is Powerful by Heather Dean Brewer
Malala: Activist for Girls' Education by Raphaele Frier
My Night in the Planetarium by Innosanto Nagara
No Voice Too Small by Lindsay H. Metcalf
The Pink Hat by Andrew Joyner
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education by Elizabeth Suneby
The Teachers March! by Sandra Neil Wallace
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
Usha and the Stolen Sunt by Bree Galbraith
Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Weatherford Carole Boston
We Are All Greta by Valentina Giannella
What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson
Your Voice is Your Superpower! by Jessica and Sandy Bohrer
How do you feel about reading protest books to students? With so many strong opinions out there, we may hesitate before wading in. I think as educators we are not telling our students what to believe it, but to make informed choices. Let me know what you think of the selection of social justice picture books.
You can find much more information about books on freedom of speech and social justice at Social Justice Books, a non-profit organisation “whose mission is to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.”
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