The Tiny Activist

Monthly Archives: September 2018


The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science

Written by: Joyce Sidman Illustrated by: photography by Joyce Sidman, illustrations by Maria Merian For Ages: 10-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures, Trailblazers, Women in Science, Artists. Summary: This book covers the life of Maria Merian, trailblazing scientific…

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Little People, BIG DREAMS Maya Angelou

Written by: Lisbeth Kaiser Illustrated by: Leire Salaberria For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Activism, Historical Figures, Activism. Summary: This children’s book gives a brief overview of Maya Angelou’s life, as more of an introduction rather…

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How Mamas Love Their Babies

Written by: Juniper Fitzgerald Illustrated by: Elise Peterson For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Acceptance, Love, Activism. Summary: For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week I wanted to reshare a book that I think deserves the spotlight all the time-How…

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Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World

Written by: Jane Yolen Illustrated by: Christin Joy Pratt For Ages: 7-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: Trailblazers, Historical Figures. Summary: This book goes deep into the history of some of the greatest pirates to ever sail the high seas:…

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I Am Not A Number

Written by: Jenny Kay Depuis and Kathy Kacer Illustrated by: Gillian Newland For Ages: 7-11 years Language: English, some Ojibway. Topics Covered: Indigenous People, First Nations, Historical Figures, Residential Schools, Culture, Community. Summary: This book is an emotional look into…

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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Written by: Robbie Robertson Illustrated by: David Shannon For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Historical Figures, First Nations People, Culture. Summary: This hefty book catalogues the story of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker as they attempt to…

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Yayoi Kusama From Here to Infinity

Written by: Sarah Suzuki Illustrated by: Ellen Weinstein For ages: 4 & up Language: English Topics Covered: Women Artists, Japanese Experience, Self-Expression, POC-Centric Narratives Summary: Yayoi was born on the island on Honshu, in Japan.  Her family lived in the countryside and owned plant nurseries, but…

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Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes

Written by: Hena Khan Illustrated by: Mehrdokht Amini For Ages: Infant and Up Language: English and Arabic Topics Covered: Muslim Culture, Historic Narratives, Islam, Global Community, Geometry and Shapes. Summary: This rhyming book intertwines shapes with Muslim culture and religion….

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Young, Gifted and Black

Written by: Jamia Wilson Illustrated by: Andrea Pippins For Ages: 8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Figures, Courage, Community, Representation. Summary: This bright, colorful, and celebratory book enthusiastically describes the achievements of 52 black heroes.  The biographies…

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A is for activist

Written and Illustrated by: Innosanto Nagara For Ages: 3-7 years Language: English/Some Spanish Topics Covered: Activism, Social Justice, Global Community. Summary: This book is filled with jumping off points for vocabulary, beginning to plant the seed of activism, and literacy…

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