Activists and activism

Easton, Emily  Enough!: 20 Protesters Who Changed America
Gr. K–3
     48 pp.     Crown

Illustrated by Ziyue Chen. Each spread of this book features a person, pair, or group that became known for their change-making actions, which are briefly described in a line of text (e.g., "Colin took a knee") and ably represented in a large illustration. While the protestors will be familiar to most adult readers, younger readers may benefit from the additional biographical information found at book's end.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Social reformers; Political activists; Activism

Falkowski, Melissa and Garner, Eric, Editors  We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists
Middle school, high school     260 pp.     Crown

A collection of reporting by the journalism students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the 2018 shooting at their school. "Extraordinary Acts" pieces highlight heroic survivors; others cover the day of the attack, the March for Our Lives movement, and life in the media spotlight. Edited by MSD teachers Falkowski and Garner, the teens' writings are insightful and moving. Includes an insert of color photos.
Subjects: Social Issues; Guns; Violence; Death; Emotions—Grief; Journalism; Newspapers; Writing; Children's writings; Firearms; Activism; Loss (Psychology); Florida; Schools—High schools

Sanders, Rob  Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Simon

Illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr. "March. Mediate. Meditate. Motivate." Loosely adhering to alphabet book conventions, Sanders provides suggestions of actions for children to take to fight injustice (with adult guidance and their buy-in likely required: "Boycott! Boycott! Boycott!"). The cheery, approachable cut-paper illustrations exemplify diversity. A "Peaceful Protests" page is appended, with more information about the civil rights movement, civil disobedience, etc. Glos.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Social reformers; Political activists; Civil disobedience; Civil rights; Activism

Stewart, Louise Kay   Rebel Voices: The Global Fight for Women's Equality and the Right to Vote
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Crocodile

Illustrated by Eve Lloyd Knight. "Little by little, a sea of change began to make waves around the world." From New Zealand (1893) to Saudi Arabia (2015), twenty-one concise chronological entries recount pivotal people and events that got women the right to vote. Against airbrushed-looking backdrops, bold, edgy illustrations emphasize the determination that fueled these fights. A brief but inspiring introduction to female political empowerment on a global level. Timeline. Ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Social reformers; Women—History; Women—Social reformers; Gender roles; Women's rights; Voting; Multicultural books; Women—Suffragists; Suffrage; Feminism

Styron, Alexandra  Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything
Middle school, high school     212 pp.     Viking

This decidedly left-leaning book is divided into chapters covering subjects including climate change; immigration; LGBTQIA, women's, and disability rights; racial justice; and religious understanding. The chapters delve into the topics' history, interview persons involved, and discuss ways to make change. The conversational text is illustrated with photos and drawings, and ends with comprehensive resources for learning more and getting involved. Glos.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Politics; Social reformers; Activism; Political activists

From the May 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.
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