Picture Books

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: 1945, 1961
Themes: Asian American, Labor, Organizing

This book, written by leading Filipino American historian Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, PhD with writer Gayle Romasanta, richly illustrated by Andre Sibayan, tells the story of labor leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers Larry Itliong’s lifelong fight for a farmworkers union, and the birth of one of the most significant American social movements of all time, the farmworker’s struggle, and its most enduring union, the United Farm Workers.

This is the first book written about Larry Itliong and the first nonfiction illustrated Filipino American history book for children. [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9781732199323 | Bridge & Delta Publishing


Smithsonian Folklife Interview

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife interviewed Romasanta, co-author of Journey for Justice, in 2019. In this film, Romasanta shares some of the history of the Filipino American civil rights leader. Read about the book and that history in her article at Smithsonian magazine.

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