Books for Young Activists: Never too Early

As a grandparent, I’m finding it difficult explaining current events to our grandchildren. They’re aware of the election results and know where we stand. They hear rumors from classmates about what may or may not happen.

We try to avoid their questions or just answer vaguely. We don’t want them to worry.

Yet it’s never too early to start children thinking about the world and their role in it. So I’m gratefully sharing this blog post: 35 Picture Books for Young Activists.

Find them at your library. Ask the library to order them. Buy them. Share them. Discuss them.




About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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4 Responses to Books for Young Activists: Never too Early

  1. Wonderful selection of books for young readers. I agree that children should understand what is going on in our world, but the mother of my youngest grandchildren criticizes me for introducing reality into her children’s lives. She wants them to grow up in a fairy tale world until it is no longer possible.

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  2. jfrances40 says:

    This is wonderful, Lisa! Thank you!


  3. A little reality and a little fantasy stimulate the imagination, so long as it is a good story and well written.

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