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Books About Youth Activism for Children Aged 0 to 18

In order for children to begin investing their humanity to make the world a better place, they must be exposed to real injustices and a variety of lived experiences. We believe that books can be the perfect tool for starting discussions and learning about the world we live in.

In celebration of the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we created a collection of books about non-violent youth activism to inspire children aged 0 to 18. The collection includes books about a variety of topics, including racial and environmental justice, voting rights and political activism, immigration, educational equity and self-love. A number of them give real world examples of inspiring young people who do not let their age stop them from trying to make a difference. We hope that these books encourage young people to step into their power.

You can shop for all these books on our Bookshop page.

Board Book Recommendations

Change Starts with Us | Author/Illustrator: Sophie Beer | Publisher: Dial Books

Sophie Beer is one of our favorite board book creators. Her books are full of engaging and familiar imagery and showcase an inclusive cast of characters. Change Starts with Us is her latest release that gives even our littlest readers concrete ways they can make a difference.

Anti-Racist Baby | Author: Ibram X. Kendi | Illustrator: Ashley Lukashevsky | Publisher: Kokila

Anti-Racist Baby is an engaging story for young readers, and a wonderful tool for parents who want to discuss anti-racism with children and need help in knowing how to start. The book includes nine simple and key steps children and families can take on their journey to help create a more equitable world.

Feminist Baby! He’s a Feminist, too! | Author/Illustrator: Loryn Brantz | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Activism for babies also means reading books that disrupt the status quo about traditional gender constructs. In this silly yet important book, children, and especially those identifying as male, are given messages about how it’s okay to cry, to wear a tutu or whatever else they may like, and help be part of a better world by speaking up and being an ally.

We also recommend these board books to inspire baby activists:

Woke Baby | Author: Mahogany L. Browne | Illustrator: Theodore Taylor III | Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

A is for Activist | Author/Illustrator: Innosanto Nagara | Publisher: Triangle Square

Baby, Young, Gifted and Black | Author: Jamia Wilson | Illustrator: Andrea Pippins | Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

Picture Book Recommendations