Picture Books, Grades Pre-K-2

I See the Rhythm

Book - Non-fiction. 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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This Land is Your Land

Book - Non-fiction. By Woody Guthrie. 2008. The full version of Woody Guthrie's famous song, illustrated for young children.
Themes: Art & Music
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Murals: Walls That Sing

Book - Non-fiction. By George Ancona. 2003. Beautiful photo-essay of murals from all over the United States, primarily in Latino communities.
Themes: Art & Music, Latinx
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Side by Side/Lado a lado

Book - Non-fiction. By Monica Brown and translation by Carolina Valencia. Illustrated by Joe Cepeda. 2010. The life stories and activism of the two founders of the United Farm Workers (UFW), written and illustrated for young children.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Labor, Latinx, Organizing
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Which Side Are You On?: The Story of A Song

Book - Non-fiction. By George Ella Lyon. Artwork by Christopher Cardinale. 2011. This children's book tells the story of a classic union song written in 1931 and the harsh conditions under which it was written.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Art & Music, Labor, Organizing, Social Class
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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 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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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

Book - Non-fiction. 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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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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Grandpa’s Corner Store

Book - Fiction. 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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Milo’s Museum

Picture Book. By Zetta Elliott. Illustrated by Purple Wong. 2016. 36 pages. A story that introduces young readers to the historic mis-representation (and absence) of people of color in museums and how to take action.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Media
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Nadarín

Book - Fiction. By Leo Lionni. 1973 (Spanish translation 2005). A classic tale for young children about the power of organizing. Also in English.
Themes: Organizing
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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale

Picture Book. Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. 2013. An age-appropriate story that brings to light the hardship and struggles faced by thousands of families crossing the border.
Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Immigration, Latinx
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Rosa

Book - Non-fiction. By Nikki Giovanni. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. 2005. A beautifully illustrated book for children about Rosa Parks in the context of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing
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