24 Books to Inspire Your Children to Be Activists

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Now more than ever, it's important that we raise mindful and empowered children who will leave this world better than they found it. If you want your children to grow up to be active members of their communities who pursue equality and justice for all, there's no better time than the present to get them going.

Read through for 24 books for miniactivists to add to their bookshelves that may inspire them to change the world.

01
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement ($14, originally $18) is full of poems and powerful illustrations of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights.

02
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 ($13, originally $18) is the true story of Clara Lemlich, a young Ukrainian immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in US history.

03
We March

We March

We March ($6, originally $8) is about the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which more than 250,000 people attended.

04
The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage ($14, originally $19) is the story of the Supreme Court's 1957 decision in Loving v. Virginia, which overturned laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

05
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah ($13, originally $18) tells the inspiring true story of a cyclist who proves that disability does not mean inability.

06
Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! ($12, originally $15) is an alphabet book that explores the female "artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble-rousers, and agents of change of all kinds" who made a difference in history.

08
We Are All Born Free Mini Edition: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

We Are All Born Free Mini Edition: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

We Are All Born Free Mini Edition: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures ($16) celebrates each declaration of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed in 1948.

09
Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story ($19) is by Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, who describes the impact of wastefulness.

10
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music ($13, originally $17) is inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, "a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers."

11
My Two Blankets

My Two Blankets

My Two Blankets ($14, originally $17) is a sweet story about coming together in friendship even when you're from diverse backgrounds.

12
Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela ($12, originally $18) is a biography of the global icon who fought against apartheid in South Africa and became president by believing in equality for all people.

13
Feminist Baby

Feminist Baby

Feminist Baby ($10, originally $13) is a board book that aims to teach your little one about gender equality from birth.

14
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World ($11) explores the contributions of 50 women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

15
Same, Same But Different

Same, Same But Different

Same, Same But Different ($11, originally $18) is about two pen pals — one from India, one from the US — and how they discover the similarities and differences in their lives.

16
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist ($12, originally $18) is all about Audrey Faye Hendricks, the youngest person to be arrested for marching in a civil rights protest in Birmingham, AL, 1963.

17
A Is For Activist

A Is For Activist

A Is For Activist ($9) is basically the ABCs of activism.

18
If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement

If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement

If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement ($8) is about two girls who find themselves in the middle of a civil rights demonstration and learn how those who fought for civil rights changed the world.

19
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark ($11, originally $18) teaches kids about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's way of standing up for what's right — which sometimes means disagreeing.

20
Awesome Women Who Changed History: Paper Dolls

Awesome Women Who Changed History: Paper Dolls

Awesome Women Who Changed History: Paper Dolls ($13) allows your child to learn about incredible women who changed history while she plays with paper dolls (with which she can then decorate her room!).

22
One of a Kind, Like Me/Unico Como Yo

One of a Kind, Like Me/Unico Como Yo

One of a Kind, Like Me/Unico Como Yo ($16) tells the story of Danny, a child who doesn't fit a particular gender stereotype and wants to dress up as a princess for the school parade. The sweet story teaches kids about unconditional love and the beauty of individuality.

23
Amina's Voice

Amina's Voice

In Amina's Voice ($17), a young Muslim girl struggles with the challenges of being a Pakistani-American and demonstrates how one person's voice can bring a diverse community together.

24
The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give ($18) is about a 16-year-old named Starr who witnesses her unarmed best friend being fatally shot by police. As his death makes headlines and the whole nation speculates about the shooting and his background, Starr knows she is the only one who can tell the truth about that night — but what she "does — or does not — say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."