Activism Books to Inspire Young Kids

No! : My First Book of Protest Cover Image
By Julie Merberg, Molly Egan (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781950587025
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Published: Downtown Bookworks - March 24th, 2020

Little ones who love to say "No!" can chime in while they learn about iconic activists from Frederick Douglass and Alice Paul to Martin Luther King Jr. and Malala.

Each spread introduces an iconic figure—such as Gloria Steinem or Cesar Chavez—along with a super simple summary of the actions they took to change the course of history.


A is for Activist Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781609805395
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Published: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013

One of NPR's Top 100 Book for Young Readers 

“Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds—full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.”—Occupy Wall Street



Counting on Community Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781609806323
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Published: Triangle Square - September 22nd, 2015

Counting on Community is Innosanto Nagara's follow-up to his hit ABC book, A is for Activist. 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.


We Say No!: A Child's Guide to Resistance (Wee Rebel) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781945665066
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Published: Manic D Press - October 31st, 2017

"In We Say NO John and Jana's wee playful anarchists return with a lovely and refreshing memo to their mates: Every rebellious NO is also quite naturally an exquisite YES No to war is yes to peace; no to hatred, an embracing yes to love; no to being labeled, sorted, measured, ranked, and judged, an empowering yes to one's own distinctive humanity and potential agency."--Bill Ayers,


Sometimes People March Cover Image
By Tessa Allen, Tessa Allen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062991188
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

With a spare, inspiring text and gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this is a timeless and important book for activists of all ages. This hardcover picture book is perfect for sharing and for gifting.

Sometimes people march
to resist injustice,
to stand in solidarity,
to inspire hope.


Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights Cover Image
By Rob Sanders, Jared Andrew Schorr (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534429437
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2018

A primer for peaceful protest, resistance, and activism from the author of Rodzilla and Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.

Protesting. Standing up for what’s right. Uniting around the common good—kids have questions about all of these things they see and hear about each day.


Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419737046
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 5th, 2019

Hands Up! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525552314
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Published: Dial Books - January 22nd, 2019

This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl's everyday life--hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five--before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march.


The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257438
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

Hardly anyone noticed young Sally McCabe.
She was the smallest girl in the smallest grade.
 


The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481400701
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 17th, 2017

Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.

Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else.

So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws, she sp


Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America Cover Image
By Emily Easton, Ziyue Chen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984831972
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2018

Change takes courage. Introduce your young activist to America's most influential protesters in this lushly illustrated picture book. Stand beside contemporary groundbreakers like Colin Kaepernick and transgender teen Jazz Jennings, and march in the footsteps of historical revolutionaries such as Harriet Tubman and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


We March Cover Image
By Shane W. Evans, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250073259
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Published: Square Fish - January 12th, 2016

On August 28, 1963, a remarkable event took place--more than 250,000 people gathered in our nation's capital to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march began at the Washington Monument and ended with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, advocating racial harmony.


The Little Book of Little Activists Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780451478542
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

A celebration of political activism by America's youngest citizens--our children.

You're never too young to care about your community or to stand up for your beliefs. That's the empowering message of this book, which is all about how real kids exercise their first amendment rights.


Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062937407
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 2nd, 2020

INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY FROM THE CHILDHOOD OF VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS!

A beautiful, empowering picture book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change, inspired by a true story from the childhood of the author’s aunt, Kamala Harris, and mother, lawyer and policy expert Maya Harris.


Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala Cover Image
By Lina Maslo, Lina Maslo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062560773
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 23rd, 2018

The inspiring true story of Malala Yousafzai, human rights activist and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, from debut author/illustrator Lina Maslo. Celebrate the power of one young woman speaking up for change with Free as a Bird. This beautiful nonfiction picture book is perfect for sharing at home or in the classroom.


Greta and the Giants: inspired by Greta Thunberg's stand to save the world Cover Image
By Zoë Tucker, Zoe Persico (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780711253773
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - November 19th, 2019

This inspiring picture book retells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg—the Swedish teenager who has led a global movement to raise awareness about the world’s climate crisis—using allegory to make this important topic accessible to young children.
 
Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When t


Vote for Our Future! Cover Image
By Margaret McNamara, Micah Player (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984892805
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - February 18th, 2020

In this charming and powerful picture book about voting and elections, the students of Stanton Elementary School learn how we can find--and use--our voices for change.


What Can a Citizen Do? (Kids Story Books, Cute Children's Books, Kids Picture Books, Citizenship Books for Kids) Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452173139
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 11th, 2018

"[This] charming book provides examples and sends the message that citizens aren't born but are made by actions taken to help others and the world they live in."The Washington Post


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.


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Cover Image
By Debbie Levy, Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481465595
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere.


Speak Up Cover Image
By Miranda Paul, Ebony Glenn (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358140962
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Published: Clarion Books - July 7th, 2020

When something really matters, one voice can make a difference.


No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History Cover Image
By Lindsay H. Metcalf (Editor), Keila V. Dawson (Editor), Jeanette Bradley (Editor), Jeanette Bradley (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781623541316
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 22nd, 2020

Fans of We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices will love meeting fourteen young activists who have stepped up to make change in their community and the United States.


Stand Up! Speak Up!: A Story Inspired by the Climate Change Revolution Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593301586
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - October 6th, 2020

Awarded as a 2021 Malka Penn Award Honor Book, here is a timely picture book about a young girl's mission to inspire others to help the planet. The meaningful message of climate change activism is perfect for Earth Day and every day!


ABC, Rise Up and Be!: An Empowering Alphabet for Changing the World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781952239274
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Published: Bushel & Peck Books - May 4th, 2021

An empowering alphabet book to inspire kids to become their best selves.

In a world where you can be anything, be . . .

Accepting: A rising leaf doesn't cause others to fall. Be the wind that helps everyone soar to new heights.