A few days later, I once again went shopping, purchasing a larger selection of books for Fable and her younger sisters, as well as those in the extended family. (I also made a list of books we don't yet have but would like in our book shelf, for next time we go to the library.) At home, I created a stack of books that inspired ACTION, LEADERSHIP and DISSENT in small children. Because saying NO to what is so is often the only way to say yes to what is right. Because children need to know that their voices matter, that by speaking out and standing up, they can and will change the world. Because there IS such thing as superheroes. Because I would much rather my kids FIGHT and CHALLENGE me than acquiesce and fall in line. Respecting adults is one thing. Blindly following them is quite another.
This biographical picture book tells the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements, a reminder to all that dissent is a patriotic act.
A is for political activist Angela Davis. B is for Billie Jean King, the athlete who shattered the glass ceiling of sports. C is for comedian Carol Burnett. D is for organizer Dolores Huerta. E is for Ella Baker, who helped shape the civil rights movement. This collection includes 26 women who changed the world and continue to inspire.
Winner of the California Reading Association's 2015 EUREKA! Honor Award, "Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words" is the story of a fearless teenager who continues today to fight for the rights of ALL girls to get an education.
Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks was the youngest known child to be arrested at a civil rights protest. This book proves you're never too young to make a difference and that BEING BOLD and FEARLESS and FIGHTING FOR WHAT'S RIGHT isn't just for grown-ups. Not even close.
Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers, "Drum Dream Girl" tells the story of a girl who bravely made her dreams come true.
Surrounding children with brave voices that speak directly into the microphone and refuse to accept or normalize inequality and fear-based government is necessary and important right now. Reading is power. Books change lives. Education is the key to lasting change. And now, more than ever, we are all in need of heroes.
I cannot WAIT to see what our children do. I have already, in the last four weeks, seen NOTICEABLE changes in my children and I marvel every day as they harvest their truths and find, in four very distinct and unique-to-them ways, their power. Books, magazines, films: these things matter. That said, please go take your family to see "Moana." If ever there was a time that we needed this film, it's now. I will say nothing more. It is INCREDIBLE. I SOBBED. IT'S PERFECT.
"See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me