While activism isn’t new, the methods and means available to today’s citizens certainly are, as well as the platforms afforded to historically underrepresented people. Here we round up a list of recent and forthcoming titles that bring to the forefront progressive issues, individuals who are fighting for equal rights, and strategy guides for politically motivated young readers.
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope
Fifty influential children’s book creators, including Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Kwame Alexander, offer their own responses to the following prompt: “In this divisive world, what shall we tell our children?” via poems, letters, essays, and art.
Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women
In this followup to Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, the author/illustrator duo illuminate the lives of teen girls of historical importance.
Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution
A how-to guide for young activists from the editor of Autostraddle, a pop culture website for queer and feminist women, this volume includes tips on everything from talking about issues with family to organizing direct action.
You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World
A call to arms for young activists—no matter the goal—this book shares success stories from young people who found everyday means to achieve change.
How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation
This collection of essays about keeping sight of hope when things feel helpless includes contributions from authors and celebrities including Javier Muñoz, Lauren Duca, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and more. The editors and contributors pledged the book’s $50,000 advance to the ACLU.
The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls
Dhonielle Clayton, Meg Medina, and Marieke Nijkamp are among the contributors to this anthology of short stories centered on girls who confronted challenging circumstances to pursue their goals.
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History
This companion book to activist and former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton’s bestselling nonfiction picture book, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, presents the stories of women from around the world who had an international impact.
Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration
In a collection of personal essays about facing defeat, humiliation, and isolation with hope, a veritable who’s who of contemporary YA writers offer contributions, including Angie Thomas, Jason Reynolds, Julie Murphy, and more.
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages
Short stories that explore the gamut of queer experience throughout history comprise this anthology featuring several influential YA authors, including Malinda Lo, Tessa Gratton, and Shaun David Hutchinson.
Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!
Dias garnered attention as a sixth grader when she launched the social media campaign #1000BlackGirlBooks, in which she gathered titles featuring black girl protagonists. She now offers up a book of her own: a guide to harnessing social media for activism, and reading more diverse books. Read PW’s interview with Dias here.
Shaking Things Up: 14 Women Who Changed the World
This picture book tells the stories of influential women through history, from Malala Yousafzai to Pura Belpré, and features stories and illustrations by all-female contributors, including Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, LeUyen Pham, Melissa Sweet, and many more.
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World
Poems, stories, comics, art and more from 44 contributors including Roxane Gay, Mindy Kaling, and more chart their individual paths toward finding feminism.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2
Favilli and Cavallo made crowd-funding history when their Kickstarter campaign for their first book, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, secured one million dollars in funding. They utilized Kickstarter again for a follow-up volume, which features illustrated biographies of notable women.
The Little Book of Little Activists
This board book celebrates young activists with photographs of children and their signs at recent protest rallies. Five percent of the book’s gross proceeds are donated to the Children’s Defense Fund.
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
This humorous book of sequential art geared toward teens profiles female role models, some world-famous, others little-known.