Books: Fiction, Grades Pre-K-2

Aani and the Tree Huggers

Aani and the Tree Huggers

Books - Historical fiction. By Jeannine Atkins. Illustrated by Venantius J. Pinto. 2000. 32 pages. Based on an event that took place in India in the 1970s, children and women in the village hug the trees to save them from being logged.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Climate Justice, Organizing, Women's History, World History/Global Studies
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Clic, Clac, Muu Vacas Escritoras

Book – Fiction. By Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin. 2001. A barnyard struggle where the cows go on strike and the farmer is forced to negotiate.
Themes: Labor, Organizing
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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Book - Fiction. By Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin. 2000. 32 pages. A barnyard struggle where the cows go on strike and the farmer is forced to negotiate.
Themes: Labor, Organizing
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The Great Migration: Journey to the North

Book - Fiction. By Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. 2011. 32 pages. A picture book that introduces the historic story of the Great Migration to young readers.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American
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Hope For Haiti

Book - Fiction. By Jesse Joshua Watson. 2010. 32 pages. A boy lives through the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and finds hope amid the hardships of the aftermath.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Sports
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Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story

Book - Fiction. By Beverley Naidoo, illustrated by Eric Velasquez. 1988. 96 pages. A brother and sister take their sick sibling to the city of Johannesburg to get their mother at work, and come to understand the struggle for freedom and dignity taking place in South Africa.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: World History/Global Studies
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The Streets are Free

Book - Fiction. By Karusa. Illustrated by Monica Doppert. 1985 (reissued 2008). A group of children organize to convince the mayor that they need a playground.
Themes: Latinx, Organizing, World History/Global Studies
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Swimmy

Book - Fiction. By Leo Lionni. 1973. A classic tale for young children about the power of organizing.
Themes: Organizing
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¡Si, Se Puede! Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A.

Book - Fiction. By Diana Cohn and illustrated by Francisco Delgado. 2008. A children's book based on the true story of the Justice for Janitors strike.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Labor, Latinx, Organizing
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