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
This book is for everyone. Because we can all be allies. As an ally, you use your power--no matter how big or small--to support others. You learn, and try, and mess up, and try harder. In this collection of true stories, 17 critically acclaimed and bestselling YA authors get real...
The Teen Guide to Global Action: How to Connect with Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change
Barbara A. Lewis
Here’s a book for every teen who wants to get involved in service and social change. Featuring profiles of real “Difference Makers” and practical tools readers can use to support causes they are passionate about, The Teen Guide to Global Action provides everything youth...
Rise Up!: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy
Crystal Marie Fleming
This urgent book explores the roots of racism and its legacy in modern day, all while empowering young people with actionable ways they can help foster a better world and become antiracists. Why are white supremacists still openly marching in the United States? Why are...
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 liberation for all, placing...
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
In this important and compelling young readers adaptation of his National Book Award-winning title, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, writing with award-winning author Jason Reynolds, chronicles the story of anti-black, racist ideas over the course of American history. Racist ideas in our country...
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...
Enough Is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety
Michelle Roehm McCann
From award-winning author Michelle Roehm McCann comes a young activist's handbook to joining the fight against gun violence--both in your community and on a national level--to make schools safer for everyone. Young people are suffering the most from the epidemic of gun violence-...
How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation
Maureen Johnson
"The Ultimate Resistance Guidebook." -- Bustle "This book will be a light in the darkness for some, and help guide them from despair."-- Booklist An all-star collection of essays about activism and hope, edited by bestselling YA author Maureen Johnson.
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...

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