Activism for Teens

Teens' guides to social issues and taking action.
Updated September 19, 2022
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Allies: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up, And Trying Again
Shakirah Bourne
An anthology of heartfelt, real-life stories about allyship authored by multiple, diverse voices. It will inspire young readers to inform themselves and further their knowledge to help, show respect, and champion the rights of people from all walks of life Allyship is not a trend. ...
Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth
Nicky Parker
This Book Is Feminist: An Intersectional Primer for Next-Gen Changemakers (Empower the Future, 3)
Jamia Wilson
A vibrantly illustrated introduction to intersectional feminism for next-generation changemakers, this book is a must-read guide for young people seeking to understand the world around them.  "Wilson's optimistic view of feminism is based on the tenet of...
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
Patrisse Khan-Cullors
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. New York Times Editor's Pick. Library Journal Best Books of 2019. TIME Magazine's "Best Memoirs of 2018 So Far." O, Oprah's Magazine's "10 Titles to Pick Up Now." Politics &...
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning
Jason Reynolds
This crucial, empowering, #1 New York Times bestselling exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America makes critical ideas accessible for teen readers, adapted from Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning. This is...
Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights
Karen Blumenthal
A riveting look at the tumultuous history of abortion rights in the United States leading up to the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, by award-winning author and journalist Karen Blumenthal. Tracing the path to the 19th century to the pivotal decision in Roe v. Wade and the...
We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World
Malala Yousafzai
Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Malala Yousafzai turns the faceless statistics and endless news stories about displacement into real people--introducing a small fraction of the millions worldwide who have fled home in this powerful and...
Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution
Judith E. Heumann
As featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Crip Camp, and for readers of I Am Malala, one of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her story of fighting to belong. "If I didn't fight, who would?" Judy Heumann...
No More Excuses: Dismantling Rape Culture
Amber J. Keyser
Soon after the sexual misconduct allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein became public in late 2017, the #MeToo movement went viral, opening up an explosive conversation about rape culture around the globe. In the US, someone is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. More than 320,000...
Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World
Sarah Prager
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2017 A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for Teens 2017 This first-ever LGBTQ history book of its kind for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and...
Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters
Laurie Ann Thompson
Empower yourself in today's highly connected, socially conscious world as you learn how to wield your passions, digital tools, and the principles of social entrepreneurship to affect real change in your schools, communities, and beyond. At age eleven, Jessica Markowitz learned...

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