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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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I and I: Bob Marley

Book – Non-fiction. 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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John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement

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.

Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements
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Kid Blink Beats the World

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.

Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Labor, Organizing
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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, Latino
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No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance

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.

Time Periods: 18th Century
Themes: Art & Music, Organizing, Slavery
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Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder

Book – Non-fiction. By Thomas Locker and Joseph Bruchac. 2009.
The life of environmental activist Rachel Carson for upper elementary.

Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Environment & Food, Women's History
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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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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, Latino, Organizing
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We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin

Book – Non-fiction. By Larry Dane Brimner. 2007.
A sophisticated picture book on key civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.

Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Labor, 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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Aani and the Tree Huggers

Aani and the Tree Huggers

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.

Themes: Environment & Food, Organizing, Women's History
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The Bobbin Girl

Book – Fiction. 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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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.
A barnyard struggle where the cows go on strike and the farmer is forced to negotiate.

Themes: Labor, Organizing
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