With the global climate strike in schools children have taken a global political initiative that has surprised the world. Even if Greta Thunberg didn’t win this year’s Nobel peace prize, she has put teenagers and young people on the global political map and given them a voice they haven’t enjoyed up until now. Here you can find books for kids on politics and current affairs.
Adrienne Kisner, author of Dear Rachel Maddow chooses her best books on political engagement for teens, ones that will inform and inspire teens, giving them the tools to get involved in activism, to understand politics and change the world. Gill Lewis, winner of numerous literary awards for her children’s books, chooses her best books about the refugee crisis for children.
In Your Hands
by Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) & Carole Boston Weatherford
The Day You Begin
by Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael López (Illustrator)
I Am Enough
by Grace Byers & Keturah Bobo (Illustrator)
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
by John Steptoe
by Purple Wong (Illustrator) & Zetta Elliott
Understanding the African American experience is not just about learning about suffering, it’s also about celebrating a vibrant culture and its roots across the millennia. Paula Young Shelton, author of Child of the Civil Rights Movement, recommends the best antiracist books for kids.
Are you a teenager who is furious about the way the world seems to be going? Do you feel powerless and overwhelmed? Author Adrienne Kisner recommends five really good books that will inspire and inform teens and young adults, giving them the tools to get involved in activism, to understand politics—and to change the world.
How can parents even begin to explain the refugee crisis to children and young adults? Here, award-winning children’s author Gill Lewis shares her selection of vital primers – from simple picture books to challenging graphic novels – and discusses the role of ‘informed storytelling’ in describing this fraught and fragile human experience