Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909
Written by Michelle Markel; Illustrations by Melissa Sweet
Want your kids to realize how truly easy they have it? Give them this historical picture book about Clara Lemlich, a young Ukrainian immigrant who got fed up with sub-par treatment and wages and led the largest strike of women workers in the U.S. A great tale of tenacity and spirit. $17.99. Balzer + Bray, 2013. Ages 4-8.
Click, Clack, Moo
Written by Doreen Cronin;
Illustrations by Betsy Lewin
When farm animals find an old typewriter, Farmer Brown gets letters of protest from some “mad” cows. Demand No. 1: electric blankets to keep warm in the cold barn! A strike ensues, with a diplomatic duck smoothing things over. A Caldecott Honor pick for aspiring activists. $17.99. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000. Ages 3-8.
Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders
By Geoff Herbach
Overweight high school misfit Gabe fends off bullies with a self-depreciating sense of humor and ability to stay under the radar. But when his school’s cheerleaders want to snap up the soda-machine cash that benefits his beloved band, he breaks out from the background. This driven outcast will inspire young adult readers. $16.99. Sourcebooks Fire, 2014. Ages 12-17.
The Day the Crayons Quit
Written by Drew Daywalt; Illustrations by Oliver Jeffers
It’s not easy being a blue crayon. Reduced to a nub from all of those big jobs coloring oceans and skies, he’s written an impassioned plea to his owner Duncan. He’s not alone: Pink, Orange, Yellow and left-out Beige soon join his quest. This clever, colorful tale delights with every page. $17.99. Penguin Group, 2013. Ages 3-7.