Top 3 Right Now: Lisa’s Activism Picks

This week we’re featuring a list of top 3 books on social activism by Lisa, the teen librarian at our Edmonds community library.

Take it away, Lisa!

“It’s a new year and I’m ready to be inspired. I’m also ready to check off my resolution to read more non-fiction, starting with these three books about activism:

The March Trilogy by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Graphic novels are a great way for the reluctant non-fiction reader (me) to get started, especially when they are as powerful and important as this 3 volume history and memoir. Author and congressman, John Lewis, shares his experiences as a nonviolent protester and activist during the civil rights movement. A great and timely reminder of the big social changes that can happen when people and communities organize.

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman.
This is the story of Hans and Sophie Scholl, teen siblings who helped organize a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. They distributed leaflets denouncing the Nazi regime and urged other citizens to defy Hitler. I am humbled by the courage exhibited by these teens who stood up to unimaginable tyranny despite the risk to their lives.

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone
A companion to the documentary film, Girl Rising, this uplifting book further explains the challenges so many girls worldwide face in getting an education and stresses the importance of access to education in helping overcome poverty and adversity. It includes the stories of determined girls who have faced and overcome incredible obstacles. The book is also filled with beautiful photographs and information on how readers can help.”

Excellent (and timely!) suggestions, Lisa! Thanks!
Next week Emily from Monroe will give us her favorite LGBTQ Graphic Novel picks!

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