Together We March – 25 Protest Movements that Marched Into History
Author: Leah Henderson
Illustrator: Tyler Feder
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster)
Ages 7 and Up
In the meantime, baby activists will want to add this inspiring book to their reference collection.
One of the most powerful things I observed during this past summer of demonstrating for racial justice was just how influential young people, sometimes very young people, were to the movements in my community. Whitney Houston sang, “I believe the children are our future.” I say, “thank Heaven.” Hopefully they’ll do a better job than we have. In the meantime, baby activists will want to add this inspiring book to their reference collection.
Adults and children alike will learn something from this historical survey of movements and marches. (I for one learned who Mother Jones was. Newsflash, the magazine is named after someone. Whoops!) Both national and international causes are featured, and in many of them, children play a prominent role.
Succinctly written by Leah Henderson (it’s a compliment), and judiciously illustrated by Tyler Feder (so is this), Together We March not only educates the reader about historical marches, but makes connections and draws parallels to issues making news today. This is a great book for parents to read with their kids, for teachers to read with their students, and for school and community libraries to have on hand to supplement classroom work. I do think the publisher grade level recommendation is probably off, and that this book will be most useful for older elementary and younger middle grade readers.
More books for this Age Group can be found here.
My thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing a Review Copy of this book. All opinions provided herein are my own.
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