About the Book
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. Anthony, James Baldwin, Ruby Bridges, Frederick Douglass, Alexander Hamilton, Dolores Huerta, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Iqbal Masih, Harvey Milk, Janet Mock, Rosa Parks, Autumn Peltier, Emma Watson, and Malala Yousafzai.
“Equally charming and informative.”—Booklist
“[The activists'] stories offer inspiration as well as memorable moments. A broadly diverse roster of role models.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The vivid details of each activist's story, combined with vibrant illustrations, demonstrate that every civil rights hero and popular firebrand started out as children, just like the rest of us.”—School Library Journal
“Engaging and empowering.”—YAYOMG.com
“Kids will be drawn in.”—Chicago Parent
“In accessible but never patronizing prose, [Stevenson] sketches the stories of her subjects' childhoods, deftly setting the scene for each one and providing informative details, engaging quotes, and sometimes humorous anecdotes.”—Mombian
“With comic-like illustrations by Allison Steinfeld, kids will be drawn in by the short chapters and stories of history-changing grownups who were once children, too.”—Metro Parent
About the Author
Allison Steinfeld obtained a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She loves to create fun and playful work that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. She lives in North Carolina.
Robin Stevenson is an award-winning author of over 20 books for kids and teens. Her writing has been translated into several languages, published in more than 10 countries, and nominated for many awards. Her YA novel A Thousand Shades of Blue was a finalist for Canada’s top literary honor, the Governor General’s Award. Her YA nonfiction book Pride was a Stonewall Honor book and selected to ALA’s Rainbow List. She lives with her partner in Victoria, British Colombia, with their son, dog, and cat.