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Spring 2020 Kids Nonfiction Recommendations

Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne with Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood

Woke is a collection of poetry and illustrations that focus on activism and what it means to not only survive but thrive in the current age. This book hopes to inspire a new generation to express their feelings and experiences, and empowers them to draw outside the lines in a creative and powerful way. For the budding poet-activist in your life!

 

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250311207
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 10th, 2020

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

This book bursts with strength and vibrancy, reminding us of our roles as stewards of the earth and its inhabitants. Poignant in even the best of times, the examples of community and tenacity are good reminders of how connected we all are in this seemingly large world. With appeal to artists, animal lovers, outdoorsy types, and more, this is a wonderful addition to any activist’s library, no matter what age.

 

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By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents by Kate Messner

This book surprised me in the best way! I didn’t think I’d be interested in a book about U.S. presidents, but this one fascinated me by presenting them both in a more honest (eg. the “founding fathers” don’t get a pass on being enslavers, while subtle shade is thrown at Trump) and interesting (highlighting all the future presidents alive during a certain year) light. Great for anyone interested in a more authentic and nuanced look at U.S. history.

Mother Jones and Her Army of Mill Children by Jonah Winter

This inspiring tale chronicles the March of the Mill Children, a trek from Philadelphia to New York made by child workers of textile factories and led by iconic labor activist Mother Jones. Mother Jones’ narration and a color palette made up of shades of gray and muted colors transports readers to turn-of-the-century America, in the union halls and factory floors where Jones spoke to workers. Perfect for teaching young activists the importance of strikes and collective action.

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By Jonah Winter, Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780449812914
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - February 25th, 2020

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Not only is the book gorgeous—the illustrations themselves as light and airy as a bee’s flight—the prose strikes that perfect balance between lyrical and educational. Follow along with a honeybee named Apis as she grows up and explores the world (not as saccharine as it sounds, I promise). Perfect for budding naturalists and entomologists* (*people who study insects!).

 

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By Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823442850
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Published: Neal Porter Books - February 4th, 2020

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