Picture Books to Celebrate May Day

Here are a few book to help celebrate May Day.  These picture books are hand selected to celebrate Spring and learn about labor rights and worker's rights.

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book) Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442408890
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Little Simon - August 31st, 2010

The quirky, hilarious farmyard tale that started it all from New York Times bestselling duo of Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin! Now the inspiration for a new Christmas special, CLICK, CLACK, MOO: Christmas on the Farm.

Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type.


The Day the Crayons Quit Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399255373
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Published: Philomel Books - June 27th, 2013

The hilarious, colorful #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon that every kid wants! Gift a copy to someone you love today.


Under the Lilacs Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358153931
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Published: Clarion Books - March 3rd, 2020

From Ezra Jack Keats Honor winner E. B. Goodale comes a celebration of nature, family, and building our own hands-on adventuresperfect for any reader who has ever craved a bit of independence . . .

In this lush and playful picture book from E. B. Goodale, illustrator of Windows, Kate feels ignored by her mother and sister and so decides to run away.


Plant a Pocket of Prairie Cover Image
By Phyllis Root, Betsy Bowen (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780816679805
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - May 21st, 2014

Author Phyllis Root and illustrator Betsy Bowen last explored the vast, boggy peatlands of northern Minnesota in their book Big Belching Bog. Now, in Plant a Pocket of Prairie, Root and Bowen take young readers on a trip to another of Minnesota’s important ecosystems: the prairie.


Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 Cover Image
By Michelle Markel, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061804427
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 22nd, 2013

The true story of the young immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history. This picture book biography about the plight of immigrants in America in the early 1900s and the timeless fight for equality and justice should not be missed.


On the Morn of Mayfest Cover Image
By Erica Silverman, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781442443419
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 2011

There once was a lass
with hair like a nest
who walked out in her sleep
on the morn of Mayfest.
     And what happens to this lass?


The Hike: (Nature Book for Kids, Outdoors-Themed Picture Book for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452174617
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - October 8th, 2019

The Hike is a plucky and sweet adventure story about three intrepid young female explorers who set out to conquer the outdoors in their local forest.

This spirited picture book is filled with lyrical language that captures the majesty of the natural world, coupled with a fun narrative.


• Features a glossary and scientific backmatter


Thanks to Frances Perkins: Fighter for Workers' Rights Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781682631362
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - August 1st, 2020

An engaging picture book biography of Frances Perkins, the first woman cabinet member and activist who created the Social Security program. From award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson.


On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children's Rights (CitizenKid) Cover Image
By Monica Kulling, Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781771383257
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Published: Kids Can Press - September 6th, 2016

Though eight-year-old Aidan and his friend Gussie want to go to school, like many other children in 1903, they work twelve hours, six days a week, at a cotton mill in Pennsylvania instead. So when the millworkers decide to go on strike, the two friends join the picket line. Maybe now life will change for them.


Joelito's Big Decision/La Gran Decision de Joelito Cover Image
$12.50
ISBN: 9780986240096
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Published: Hard Ball Press - September 15th, 2015

Joelito tells the story of ten-year old Joelito, who learns about the struggle for economic justice as he heads toward the door of MacMann's Burger Restaurant for his regular Friday-night family dinner. When he finds his best friend standing outside MacMann's with his parents protesting for higher wages, Joelito has to choose between a juicy burger and standing with his friend.


Kids On Strike! Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780618369232
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Published: Clarion Books - August 25th, 2003

By the early 1900s, nearly two million children were working in the United States. From the coal mines of Pennsylvania to the cotton mills of New England, children worked long hours every day under stunningly inhumane conditions. After years and years of oppression, children began to organize and make demands for better wages, fairer housing costs, and safer working environments.


Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338157826
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

Four starred reviews and over ten best-of-year lists!* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewMia Tang has a lot of secre


Flower Power: The Magic of Nature's Healers Cover Image
By Christine Paxmann, Olaf Hajek (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9783791373997
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Prestel Junior - April 14th, 2020

Take on a magical journey through the world of healing flowers in this children's book by renowned artist Olaf Hajek.