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Social change

burgan_tank manBurgan, Michael Tank Man: How a Photograph Defined China’s Protest Movement
Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point

Nardo, Don Hitler in Paris: How a Photograph Shocked a World at War
Gr. 4–6   64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point

Captured History series. Photographs can often be more powerful than the written word in bringing social change. These use iconic photographic images (e.g., the picture of a Tiananmen Square protester facing down a tank in Tank Man) to discuss specific, world-changing historical events and people’s reactions to them. A spacious page design enhances the presentation. Timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Photography; Middle East and Asia; Communism; Activism; China; Europe; History, Modern—World War II; Hitler, Adolf; Nazism; France

cooper_woman in the house and senateCooper, Ilene A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country
Gr. 4–6    144 pp.    Abrams

Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley. This is a thorough, engaging, and well-designed account of women in American politics. Each chapter covers about a decade of U.S. history, giving a snapshot of the status of women during each era. Enhanced with photos and cartoon illustrations, the lively narrative begins with a profile of Jeannette Rankin, who became the first congresswoman in 1917, and continues through the 2013 delegation. Reading list, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: North America; Gender roles; United States Congress; Women—Legislators; Women—History; Politics; Women—Politicians; History, American; Legislators; Government

kuklin_beyond magentaKuklin, Susan Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
High school     182 pp.     Candlewick

Rather than attempting to convey the spectrum of transgender experience through a multitude of voices, Kuklin focuses on just six young people whose gender identities are something other than what they were labeled at birth. Photographs (of most of the subjects) are candid and winning; appended material, including a Q&A with the director of a clinic for transgender teens, is valuable. Reading list, websites. Glos.
Subjects: Families, Children, and Sexuality; Sexuality, Teenage; Transgender persons; Gender roles

levy_we shall overcomeLevy, Debbie We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song
Gr. K–3      32 pp.     Disney/Jump

Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. A simple story explains how this rallying song for freedom became the anthem for the civil rights movement in the United States, and from there to countries around the world struggling with human rights issues. Lively digital and mixed-media illustrations convey a joyous mood. Although “No single day marks the birth of the song,” a timeline of highlights is included. Reading list, websites.
Subjects: Government,  Economics, and Education; History, American; Civil rights; Race relations; Slavery; African Americans; Songs—Spirituals

runstedler_pay it forward kidsRunstedler, Nancy Pay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Change
Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Fitzhenry

Cheery and encouraging, this book introduces American and Canadian kids and teens who are making a difference by fundraising, donating, and raising awareness about economic, social, and other problems. The format and design is suited to browsing; each profile traces the motivation and impact of the effort and will likely inspire readers to “pay it forward.” Reading list. Ind.
Subjects: Social issues; Charities; Activism; Behavior—Kindness; Behavior—Generosity

From the November 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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