Picture Books

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

Picture book. By Chris Barton. Illustrated by Don Tate. 2015. An in-depth look at the Reconstruction period through the life of one of the first African-American congressmen.
Time Periods: 18th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction
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The Bobbin Girl

Picture book. By Emily Arnold McCully. 1996. Historical fiction for upper elementary based on a true story about the Lowell textile workers.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Women's History
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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore ( Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

Picture book. By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 2015. Tells the story of Lewis Michaux Sr.'s Harlem bookstore that was a center of African American history, scholarship, debate, and activism, for grades 2-5.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American
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Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Picture book. By Paula Young Shelton and illustrated by Raul Colon. 2009. A child’s unique perspective on the Civil Rights Movement by the daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements
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Clic, Clac, Muu Vacas Escritoras

Picture book. 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

Picture book. 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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Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom

Picture Book. By Tim Tingle. 2008. 40 pages. A picture book that highlights rarely discussed intersections between Native Americans in the South and African Americans in bondage.
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Native American, Slavery and Resistance
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Dzání Yázhí Naazbaa’: Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home

Picture book. By Evangeline Parsons Yazzie. Illustrated by Irving Toddy. 2005. 32 pages. Historical fiction for upper elementary about the Navajo Long Walk (forced removal by U.S. soldiers) of 1863-1864.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Native American
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Ellen’s Broom

Picture book. By Kelly Starling Lyons. 32 pages. 2012. Story about a young girl during Reconstruction whose parents are finally able to have a legal marriage while honoring a family wedding tradition.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American
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Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

Picture book. By Carole Boston Weatherford. 2007. Historical fiction in an upper elementary picture book about the Greensboro sit-ins.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing
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Freedom School, Yes!

Picture book. By Amy Littlesugar. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. 2001. 40 pages. Historical fiction about the 1964 Freedom Schools for upper elementary.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Grandpa’s Corner Store

Picture book. By DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan. 2000. A children's book about the benefits of a neighborhood store versus a big box store and how a community can rally to support a local business.
Themes: Economics, Organizing
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The Great Migration: Journey to the North

Picture book. 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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I See the Rhythm

Picture book. By Toyomi Igus and Michele Wood. 2005. A lyrical voyage through 500 years of African American music, from its roots in Africa to contemporary hip-hop for ages 6+.
Themes: Art & Music
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I and I: Bob Marley

Picture book. By Tony Medina. Illustrations by Jesse Joshua Watson. 2009. The life of Bob Marley told through poems and illustrations.
Themes: Art & Music
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Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong

Picture book. By Dawn Bohulano Mabalon and Gayle Romasanta. Illustrated by Andre Sibayan. 2018. The first nonfiction illustrated Filipino-American history book for children tells the story of labor activist Larry Itliong, who organized farmworkers on the West Coast in the mid-20th century.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Asian American, Labor, Organizing
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Kid Blink Beats the World

Picture book. By Don Brown. 2004. The story of the 1899 strike by the children who sold newspapers on the street for grades K-4.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Labor, Organizing
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