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Friday, December 6, 2019

Review and Giveaway: Kid Activists by Robin Stevenson

Kid Activists 
True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change 
Written by Robin Stevenson 
Illustrated by Allison Steinfeld 
Quirk Books 

Moving, relatable, and totally true childhood biographies of Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Malala Yousafzai, and 12 other inspiring activists. 

Every activist started out as a kid—and in some cases they were kids when their activism began! But even the world’s greatest champions of civil liberties had relatable interests and problems--often in the middle of extraordinary circumstances. Martin Luther King, Jr. loved fashion, and argued with his dad about whether or not dancing was a sin. Harvey Milk had a passion for listening to opera music in different languages. Dolores Huerta was once wrongly accused of plagiarizing in school.  Kid Activists tells these childhood stories and more through kid-friendly texts and full-color cartoon illustrations on nearly every page. The diverse and inclusive group encompasses Susan B. AnthonyJames BaldwinRuby BridgesFrederick DouglassAlexander HamiltonDolores HuertaHelen KellerMartin Luther King Jr.Nelson MandelaIqbal MasihHarvey MilkJanet MockRosa ParksAutumn PeltierEmma Watson, and Malala Yousafzai. 


Kid Activists is a wonderfully engaging and inspiring read that explores the childhoods of some of history’s most admirable activists. Robin Stevenson brings these activists’ stories to life through captivating, easily understood text and well-researched, honest facts. I learned SO much that I never knew about so many of the awesome people highlighted in this book. Stevenson showcases activists that fought for many diverse rights, including LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, the rights of POC, disability rights, and so much more. And Allison Steinfeld’s adorable, colorful illustrations bring these people and their stories to life spectacularly. 

Kid Activists is an engrossing page-turner that will leave readers of all ages feeling inspired and empowered! 

5/5 Cupcakes

Robin Stevenson is an award winning Canadian author of more than 20 books for teens and children. Her book PRIDE: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY was a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book, and she has won or been a finalist for numerous other awards. She is a 2019 YA mentor for We Need Diverse Books.  She had four new books out in 2019- a board book called PRIDE COLORS (Orca), a nonfiction book for teens called MY BODY MY CHOICE (Orca), a picture book called GHOST'S JOURNEY (Rebel Mountain Press) and a middle grade non-fiction book called KID ACTIVISTS (Quirk). She also has a new YA novel coming out soon! WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE, co-written with Tom Ryan, comes out in spring 2020 (Running Press Kids).  Robin lives on the west coast of Canada, with her partner and son. 

Allison Steinfeld obtained a BFA from the School of Visual Art in New York City. She loves to create fun and playful work hat can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. She lives in North Carolina. 

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Danielle H. said...

Michelle Obama is my favorite.

Carl Scott said...

David Hogg, I hope he gets elected someday.

John Smith said...

"in the comments tell me who YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVIST IS" I will say Jane Addams of Hull House!

brianarae said...

Malala Yousafzai is my favorite activist!

LeAnn Harbert said...

I like Sojourner Truth.