Picture Books

Side by Side/Lado a lado

Picture book. 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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This bilingual picture book tells the story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, who organized migrant workers in the 1960s. Brown begins by sketching their upbringings: Huerta, an activist from the start, “raise[d] money for soldiers fighting in World War II,” while Chavez and his family were forced to become migrants themselves. Meeting later, they joined forces to fight for better working conditions—the first of many successes during decades of activism.

Cepeda’s highly textural paintings—using oils, acrylics, and collage—never put the duo on a pedestal, and instead emphasize the power and impact of ordinary but dedicated citizens. [Description from Publishers’ Weekly.]

Bilingual | ISBN 9780061227813 | Published by HarperCollins/Rayo.