Rob Sanders’ picture book, Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights, provides a way to talk with young children about activism and how people can choose to peacefully make their voices heard to advocate for justice. It’s also a way to look at protest through the lens of the letters of the alphabet.
It starts with activities built around the letter “a”: Assemble. Take action. Create allies. Each activity can be public or private, as shown with the letter “m”: March. Mediate. Meditate. Motivate.
Cut-paper illustrations by Jared Andrew Schorr depict adults and children of all types marching with signs, going to the voting booth, even knitting for a cause. A glossary at the back explains words and terms. There’s also a page that talks about peaceful protests, beginning with those from the 1950s and 1960s in behalf of civil rights, and going on to what it means to peacefully protest today.
Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights can provide a way into discussions about things children see or hear in the news as well as for talking about family values.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.