Book – Non-fiction. By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Illustrated by Courtney E. Martin. 2008.
Biography of Belva Lockwood who ran for president in 1884.
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+.
Book – Non-fiction. By Tony Medina. Illustrations by Jesse Joshua Watson. 2009.
The life of Bob Marley told through poems and illustrations.
Book – Non-fiction. By Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson. Illustrated by Benny Andrews. 2006.
The life of Civil Rights Movement activist and now Congressman, John Lewis.
Book – Non-fiction. By Don Brown. 2004.
The story of the 1899 strike by the children who sold newspapers on the street for grades K-4.
Book – Non-fiction. By Woody Guthrie. 2008.
The full version of Woody Guthrie’s famous song, illustrated for young children.
Book – Non-fiction. By George Ancona. 2003.
Beautiful photo-essay of murals from all over the United States, primarily in Latino communities.
Book – Non-fiction. By Doreen Rappaport. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. 2005. Picture book for upper elementary/middle school on the many forms of resistance to slavery.
Book – Non-fiction. By Doreen Rappaport. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. 2008.
Stories and songs for upper elementary from the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1965.
Book – Non-fiction. By Thomas Locker and Joseph Bruchac. 2009.
The life of environmental activist Rachel Carson for upper elementary.
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.
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.
That’s Not Fair! Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice/¡No Es Justo!: La lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la justicia
Book – Non-fiction. By Carmen Tafolla, Sharyll Tenayuca, and Celina Marroquin. 2008. 40 pages.
Bilingual (Spanish and English) biography of labor activist Emma Tenayuca for upper elementary.
Book – Non-fiction. By Larry Dane Brimner. 2007.
A sophisticated picture book on key civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.
Book – Non-fiction. By Kadir Nelson. 2008.
The story of Negro League baseball, in text and stunning imagery.
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.
Books – Fiction. By Jeannine Atkins. Illustrated by Venantius J. Pinto. 2000.
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.
Book – Fiction. By Emily Arnold McCully. 1996.
Historical fiction for upper elementary based on a true story about the Lowell textile workers.
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.