Share Tales of Perseverance and Triumph

Apr 4, 2020 | Book / Activism Resources


Good reads for young kids:

  • Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers by Sarah Warren, illustrated by Robert Casilla
  • Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López
  • Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls
  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • Rad American Women A–Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History…and Our Future! by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl
  • Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story by Ruby Bridges 
  • Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
  • Any book in the popular Who Was? early reader series, including books about: Harriet Tubman, Anne Frank, Nelson Mandela, Susan B. Anthony, Sitting Bull, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jane Goodall


Good reads for teens and adults:

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai (young reader edition available)
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  • March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
  • My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
  • They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost
  • Boys from Sudan by Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, and Alephonsion Deng
  • Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting
  • Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery



PG-rated biopics for young viewers:

  • Gandhi
  • Hidden Figures
  • Norma Rae
  • Queen of Katwe
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence
  • Rudy
  • Sound of Music (for little ones, we stop at the wedding scene, just before Nazis take over the country and the movie)
  • Stand and Deliver
  • Temple Grandin


R-rated biopics for mature teens:

  • 42
  • 127 Hours
  • Billy Elliot
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Long Walk to Freedom (unrated)
  • Milk
  • Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock (unrated)
  • My Left Foot
  • Pride
  • Selma
  • Touching the Void

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