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In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr: Children’s Books for Social Justice and the Earth

“He said together when others said separate. He said peace when others said war. Sooner or later, all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together.”

From: Martin’s Big Words The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Hyperion Books, 2001)

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr day and the upcoming inauguration, I have compiled a list of Children’s books for Diversity, Social Justice, and the Earth. This is by no means a
comprehensive list and feel free to add your own favorites.


illustration by Bryan Collier

Black Lives Matter

  • Daddy, There’s a Noise Outside, by Kenneth Braswell
  • Martin’s Big Words The Life of Dr Martin Luther King Junior by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier
  • I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (Author) and B. Lewis (illustrator)


  • The Colors of the Rainbow (Let’s Talk About It Books) by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
  • Mexican American: In My Family/En mi familia by Carmen Lomas Garza
  • Chinese American: Bringing In the New Year by Grace Lin (Author)
  • Muslim American: Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman (Author), Sue Williams (Illustrator)

Ecology/Global Warming

  • The Polar Bears’ Home: A Story About Global Warming (Little Green Books) by Lara Bergen (Author), Vincent Nguyen (Illustrator)
  • The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books) by Alison Inches (Author), Pete Whitehead (Illustrator)
  • Don’t Throw That Away! A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing (Little Green Books) by Lara Bergen and Betsy Snyder
  • The Problem of the Hot World by Pam Bonsper (Author), Dick Rink (illustrator)

Feminism, Body Appreciation

  • Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body by Christiane Northrup (Author), Kristina Tracy (Author), Aurélie Blanz (Illustrator)
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  • The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch
  • Miss Paul and the President by Dean Robbins (author) and Nancy Zhang (illustrator)
  • Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges (author) and Sophie Blackall (illustrator)
  • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy (Author), Elizabeth Baddeley (illustrator)


  • King and King by Linda de Haanand Stern Nijland
  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell,
  • Heather Has Two Mommies Lesléa Newman
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