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activism_bass_seeds of freedomBass, Hester  Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama
Gr. K–3      32 pp.     Candlewick

Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. In this welcome story of nonviolent protests in the early 1960s, Jim Crow–era South, black residents of Huntsville, Alabama, organize Blue Jean Sunday — a boycott of shops that sell traditional expensive Easter outfits; students plan a sit-in at a lunch counter; schools are integrated through persistence and peaceful methods. Bright watercolors backdrop the relevant, calmly told story.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Race relations; Activism; African Americans; Alabama; Civil rights

bausum_stonewallBausum, Ann  Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Viking

Bausum begins with a detailed, nuanced exposition of the June 1969 Stonewall riots as a galvanizing moment for the gay rights movement, then traces the movement’s evolution (in a somewhat more cursory way) for the second half of the book. Bausum’s narrative integrity makes her conclusions about the persecution and resilience of the LGBTQ community all the more powerful. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Homosexuality; Civil rights; Activism; New York (NY)

brimner_strikeBrimner, Larry Dane  Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights
Middle school, high school     172 pp.     Boyds/Calkins

Brimner’s comprehensive history recounts the movement for better wages and working conditions among migrant farm workers in the Southwest, from California’s burgeoning need for farm workers in the twentieth century to the story of César Chávez, the United Farm Workers of America, and the Delano grape workers’ strike. The compelling narrative includes both textual and visual primary sources. Reading list, timeline, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Activism; California; Chávez, César; Labor leaders; Labor movements; Farms and farm life; Filipino Americans; Agriculture; Strikes and lockouts

Separate Is Never EqualTonatiuh, Duncan  Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Abrams

In 1947 the Mendez family fought for — and won — the desegregation of schools in California. Tonatiuh uses a child’s viewpoint to succinctly capture the segregated reality of Mexican Americans. The straightforward narrative is well matched with illustrations in Tonatiuh’s signature style, their two-dimensional perspective reminiscent of the Mixtec codex but collaged with paper, wood, etc., to provide textural variation. An author’s note with photos is appended. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Schools; Hispanic Americans; Civil rights; Mendez, Sylvia

activism_yousafzai_i am malalaYousafzai, Malala  I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood up for Education and Changed the World
Gr. 4–6     230 pp.     Little, Brown

With Patricia McCormick. Young Readers Edition. Young education activist and Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai recounts her Pakistani childhood in this deftly adapted memoir. Domestic and academic tales illustrate her unusual maturity and resilience in the face of increasing Taliban threats. Yousafzai’s moving narrative and engaging, sincere voice may provide an entryway to international awareness for middle-grade readers; a map and a thorough timeline provide additional political context. Glos.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Terrorism; Pakistan; Women—Biographies; Autobiographies; Women—Autobiographies; Education; Activism; Yousafzai, Malala; Human rights; Gender roles

From the May 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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