February 20th is World Day for Social Justice

First observed in 2009, the United Nations’ (UN) World Day of Social Justice is annually observed on February 20 to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication. It also focuses on the goal of achieving full employment and support for social integration. For more information, you can check out this link.

Over the years, we’ve posted several blogs of book lists that recommend social justice picture books.  We’ve put links at the end of this blog so you can take a look–and maybe check some out from the library or purchase them for your book shelves.  This year, we recommend a new book that would be a wonderful resource for the whole family, though it is especially written for tweens and teens.

a-z Rad American Women A-Z:  Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History. . .and Our Future by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Stahl

Chock full of heroes, role models, and people you would most like to meet, this new picture book is a sure-fire hit for feminists of all ages.  These dedicated promoters of social justice are “rad” in every sense of the word, including “radical.”   Any book that closes with an ode to my all-time favorite author Zora Neale Hurston is going to top my list of recommendations. But don’t just listen to me!  Here are a few of the great reviews by honored and enthusiastic readers (who happen to be children’s book authors):
“Any alphabet book for children where ‘P is for Patti’ Smith and ‘X is for the women whose names we don’t know’ is something I can recommend, especially when the book is as well written, representationally diverse and vividly illustrated as this one.”–Francesca Lia Block, author of Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books

“I was totally in rapture reading this book. Bold women, bold colors, and fierce black paper cutouts. I cheer these histories of women who fight not for war or country or corporation, but for EVERYONE! I can’t wait for my son to read this.”–Nikki McClure, Illustrator of All in a Day

“This is not a book. This is a guest list for a party of my heroes. Thank you for inviting us.”–Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events books


And here are the links to social justice recommendations:

Book Flight:  People Who Made a Difference

Book Flight Update: People Who Made a Difference

Children Who Change the World

More Young People Who Made a Difference




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