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.

Change Sings: A Children's Anthem Poster Image
BOOK

Change Sings: A Children's Anthem

age 4+

Beautiful, lyrical story inspires children to create change.

By: Amanda Gorman (2021)
See full review
Hurricane Poster Image
BOOK

Hurricane

age 4+

Gorgeous art shows community strength after disaster.

By: John Rocco (2021)
See full review
Kamala and Maya's Big Idea Poster Image
BOOK

Kamala and Maya's Big Idea

age 4+

Sisters organize to build a playground in charming tale.

By: Meena Harris (2020)
See full review
Say Something Poster Image
BOOK

Say Something

age 4+

Inspiring book spurs kids to speak up, stand up.

By: Peter H. Reynolds (2019)
See full review
Speak Up Poster Image
BOOK

Speak Up

age 4+

Uplifting message of individual empowerment and joy.

By: Miranda Paul (2020)
See full review
We Shall Overcome Poster Image
BOOK

We Shall Overcome

age 4+

Powerful anthem and bold art tell story of Black activism.

By: Bryan Collier (2021)
See full review
The World Needs More Purple People Poster Image
BOOK

The World Needs More Purple People

age 4+

Cheery call to work and play with all kinds of folks.

See full review
I Am One: A Book of Action Poster Image
BOOK

I Am One: A Book of Action

age 5+

Inspiring book celebrates the power of one.

By: Susan Verde (2020)
See full review
Malala's Magic Pencil Poster Image
BOOK

Malala's Magic Pencil

age 5+

Nobel winner tells what inspired activism in relatable tale.

By: Malala Yousafzai (2017)
See full review
Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma Poster Image
BOOK

Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma

age 5+

Cellist builds bridges in lovely tale of his life and work.

By: Joanna Ho (2021)
See full review
Saving American Beach Poster Image
BOOK

Saving American Beach

age 5+

Impressive true tale of woman who protected inclusive beach.

By: Heidi Tyline King (2021)
See full review
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez Poster Image
BOOK

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

age 5+

Girl takes on city hall in fun, diverse tale of persistence.

By: Andrea Beaty (2019)
See full review
What Can a Citizen Do? Poster Image
BOOK

What Can a Citizen Do?

age 5+

Timely book on citizenship engages kids on their level.

By: Dave Eggers (2018)
See full review
Book cover: I Am Malala Yousafzai
BOOK

I Am Malala Yousafzai: Ordinary People Change the World

age 6+

Engaging bio of teen education activist/Nobel prize winner.

By: Brad Meltzer (2022)
See full review
Let the Children March Poster Image
BOOK

Let the Children March

age 6+

Powerful art amplifies inspiring civil rights protest tale.

See full review
Rebel Girls Lead: 25 Tales of Powerful Women Poster Image
BOOK

Rebel Girls Lead: 25 Tales of Powerful Women

age 6+

Exciting biographies of women leaders sure to inspire.

By: Rebel Girls (2021)
See full review
She Persisted: Claudette Colvin Poster Image
BOOK

She Persisted: Claudette Colvin

age 6+

Well-crafted story telling of a teen civil rights hero.

See full review
She Persisted: Harriet Tubman Poster Image
BOOK

She Persisted: Harriet Tubman

age 6+

Humanizing story of a fierce, tender, trailblazing woman.

See full review
Stella Díaz Never Gives Up: Stella Díaz, Book 2 Poster Image
BOOK

Stella Díaz Never Gives Up: Stella Díaz, Book 2

age 6+

Girl becomes activist, navigates friendships in fun story.

By: Angela Dominguez (2020)
See full review
The Story of Ruby BridgesThe Story of Ruby Bridges: A Biography Book for New Readers Cover
BOOK

The Story of Ruby Bridges: A Biography Book for New Readers

age 6+

Fact-filled history of kid civil rights pioneer.

By: Arlisha Norwood (2021)
See full review