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...
Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It
Jamie Margolin
**Winner of the 2020 Nautilus GOLD Award for YA Nonfiction** "Jamie Margolin is among the powerful and inspiring youth activists leading a movement to demand urgent action on the climate crisis. With determined purpose and moral clarity, Jamie is pushing political...
Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution
KaeLyn Rich
An activism handbook for teen girls ready to fight for change, social justice, and equality. Take on the world and make some serious change with this handbook to everything activism, social justice, and resistance. With in-depth guides to everything from picking a cause, planning...
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...
How to Change Everything: The Young Human's Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other
Rebecca Stefoff
"[A] uniquely inclusive perspective that will inspire conviction, passion, and action." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) An empowering, engaging young readers guide to understanding and battling climate change from the expert and bestselling author of This Changes...
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 &...
Taking on the Plastics Crisis (Pocket Change Collective)
Hannah Testa
"Taking on the Plastics Crisis delivers straightforward advise for getting involved in the global movement to eliminate single-use plastics." -- Booklist, Starred Review "Brief yet inspirational, this story will galvanize youth to use their voices for change."--Kirkus...
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...
Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories
Ellen Levine
Thirty African-Americans who were children or teenagers in the 1950's and 1960's talk about what it was like for them to fight segregation in the South.
Girl Warriors: How 25 Young Activists Are Saving the Earth
Rachel Sarah
"It gives me true hope to read about the phenomenal young women of Girl Warriors. Their fierce commitment to the future of our precious planet is as inspiring as it is vital." --Kate Schatz, New York Times bestselling author of Rad American Women A...
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...
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...
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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