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Books to Inspire Young Activists

Activism is in the air. Kids are hearing about marches and protests, boycotts and fundraising campaigns for all kinds of causes, from local to global. And increasing numbers of children's books are showing kids and teens how it's done. From stories of the authors' own activist experiences to how-to guides with tips on everything from organizing a rally to using social media to get the word out, these books offer a glimpse into the planning and passion that go into youthful activism. For more books about peaceful protest, check out our Civil Rights Books and Books with Stories of Extraordinary Women.

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Say Something Book Poster Image
Inspiring book spurs kids to speak up, stand up.
By Peter H. Reynolds
(2019)
(2019)
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Malala's Magic Pencil Book Poster Image
Nobel winner tells what inspired activism in relatable tale.
By Malala Yousafzai
(2017)
(2017)
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Sofia Valdez, Future Prez Book Poster Image
Girl takes on city hall in fun, diverse tale of persistence.
By Andrea Beaty
(2019)
(2019)
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What Can a Citizen Do? Book Poster Image
Timely book on citizenship engages kids on their level.
By Dave Eggers
(2018)
(2018)
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Start Now! You Can Make a Difference Book Poster Image
Inspiring book cheers kids' efforts to make things better.
By Chelsea Clinton
(2018)
(2018)
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A Good Kind of Trouble Book Poster Image
Girl learns to be brave in triumphant coming-of-age tale.
By Lisa Moore Ramée
(2019)
(2019)
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Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change Book Poster Image
Inspiring, relatable look at young lives of adult activists.
By Robin Stevenson
(2019)
(2019)
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Todos Iguales / All Equal: Un Corrido De Lemon Grove / A Ballad of Lemon Grove Book Poster Image
Powerful true story of immigrants' victory for equal rights.
By Christy Hale
(2019)
(2019)
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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices Book Poster Image
Inspiring advice from diverse authors and illustrators.
By Wade Hudson, Cheryl Willis Hudson
(2018)
(2018)
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Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! Book Poster Image
Upbeat guide to activism by inspiring teen phenom.
By Marley Dias
(2018)
(2018)
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Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers Book Poster Image
Powerful coming-of-age tale promotes friendship, activism.
By Celia C. Pérez
(2019)
(2019)
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Count Me In Book Poster Image
Powerful, appealing story about 7th grader fighting racism.
By Varsha Bajaj
(2019)
(2019)
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Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women Book Poster Image
Inspiring stories of girls who made their mark on the world.
By Kate Schatz
(2018)
(2018)
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You Are Mighty:  A Guide to Changing the World Book Poster Image
Lively, left-leaning how-to for kid activism.
By Caroline Paul
(2018)
(2018)
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#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line Book Poster Image
Compelling story of how Parkland shooting inspired activism.
By David Hogg, Lauren Hogg
(2018)
(2018)
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Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement Book Poster Image
Inspiring story of teens who organized March for Our Lives.
By The Founders of March for Our Lives
(2018)
(2018)
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How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation Book Poster Image
30 creative voices inspire teens to shape a better world.
By Maureen Johnson
(2018)
(2018)
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Watch Us Rise Book Poster Image
Inspiring teen activists join forces in sweet friends tale.
By Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan
(2019)
(2019)
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Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution Book Poster Image
Empowering practical guide to becoming a social activist.
By Kaelyn Rich
(2018)
(2018)
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