No Voice Too Small

Edited by: Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, Jeanette Bradley Illustrated by: Jeanette Bradley For ages: 5-9 years  Language: English  Topics Covered: Activism, Youth Activists, Poetry, Own Voices, Environmental Activism, Violence, Indigenous Voices, American Citizens, LGBTQ, Education, Muslim Activist, Community.  Summary:  Y’all need to buckle up for this book.  These are the type of books I started this website for.  No Voice…

Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America

Written by: Deborah Diesen Illustrated by: Magdalena Mora For ages: 3-8 years Language: English  Topics Covered: Activism, Equality, Rights, Voting, American History, POC-Centric Narratives, Oppression, Racism, Politics.  Summary:  This rhyming book is an incredible look at the history of voting rights in America, and specifically about the activism that took place in order to ensure those rights were more evenly distributed…

Pride 1 2 3

Written by: Michael Joosten Illustrated by: Wednesday Holmes  For ages: Infants and up (board book) Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Pride, Acceptance, Math, Counting Books, Board Books, Activism.  Summary:  This is a very sweet counting book that focuses on a Pride Parade.  The illustrations are super diverse, and celebrate the intersections of identity that one can find at these events….

Elizabeth Warren’s Big, Bold Plans [released 5/5]

Written by: Laurie Ann Thompson Illustrated by: Susanna Chapman For ages: 4-8 years  Language: English Topics Covered: Politics, Historical Figure, Biography, Women in Politics, Feminism, Activism, Education, Family, Trailblazers.  Summary:  Elizabeth Warren’s Big, Bold Plans is a lovely overview of the life of Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts senator (our first one!).  This is a book developed for children, so it doesn’t cover…

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War

Written & Illustrated by: Duncan Tonatiuh For ages: 7-11 years Language: English & Spanish Topics Covered: Historical Events, Latinx, Mexican-American Culture, Historical Figure, POC-Centric Narratives, WWI, Activism, Activist, Own Voices. Summary: Luz was born in America, but his family was of Mexican descent.  He is teased for it, and sometimes gets in fights.  When Luz grows up he becomes a teacher…

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

Written by: Selina Alko Illustrated by: Sean Qualls & Selina Alko For ages: 4-9 years Language: English Topics Covered: Activism, Legislation, Segregation, Family, Interracial Marriage, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Own Voices, Non-Fiction, Historical Figures, Family, Love.  Summary:  We are so excited to have another round of #sweetsandsocialjustice in conjunction with #thefictionfeast (even though this is a non-fiction story) and made…

M is for Movement: aka Humans can’t Eat Golf Balls

Written & Illustrated by: Innosanto Nagara  For ages: Middle grades  Language: English, Indonesian places, phrases, references.  Topics Covered: Social Justice, Social Change, Protest, Activism, Young Adult, Growing Up, Military Action, Family, Own Voices. Summary:  For our next installment of #sweetsandsocialjustice we have a middle grade book by one of our favorite social justice authors, Innosanto Nagara. Because I am a…

Noodlephant

Written by: Jacob Kramer Illustrated by: K-Fai Steele For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Social Justice, Activism, Protest, Friendship, Community, Oppression, Community, Ingenuity, Peaceful Action.  Summary:  In our next installment of #sweetsandsocialjustice we have Noodlephant! I made some brown sugar cornmeal shortbread, inspired by Noodlephant making pasta from unique ingredients.  Follow the link in bio for the…

Enough! 20 Protestors Who Changed America

Written by: Emily Easton Illustrated by: Ziyue Chen For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: American History, Activism, Historical Figures, Courage, Segregation, Enslavement, Sports, Environmentalism.  Summary:  This book opens with an Author’s Note talking about her inspiration to write the book.  Emily’s young cousins had been in a school shooting a few weeks before the devastating event…

Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream

Written by: Blair Imani, Foreword by Patrisse Cullors (BLM Co-Founder) Illustrated by: Rachelle Baker For ages: YA Middle Grades, 12 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Black Culture & Identity, American History, Enslavement, Reconstruction, Historical Figures, Family, Politics, Love. Summary:  This book is meticulously researched and fascinating!  Author Blair Imani takes readers on a journey through the American history that…