Hello, friends! Our book today is Together We March: 25 Protest Movements That Marched Into History, written by Leah Henderson and illustrated by Tyler Feder, a young reader’s introduction to famous activist movements from the early twentieth-century to current times.
Activism is a vital component of social change and, as history has shown, taking to the streets is a well-proven way for movements to make their messages heard. Exploring 25 different marches – from Mother Jones’s March of the Mill Children to the Birmingham Children’s Crusade to the Longest Walk to the 2020 BLM protests – young readers can learn about some of history’s most notable marches, the people who led them, and the causes they fought for.
Inspiring. With a two-page spread dedicated to a relatively thorough account of the background, key players/moments, and impact of each march, Henderson also deftly educates readers on the civil rights of women, Native Americans, black Americans, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBTQ+ community, disabled Americans, and more. Readers also learn about Apartheid, child labor, the Holocaust, and other global issues through history. Many of the entries focus on the children and young people who led and/or participated in them, inspiring bookworms interested in activism to believe in the power of their voice. The illustrations pair perfectly with the entries, providing visual aides and emotional connection, without lessening the impact of the serious themes. This is definitely a title for middle-grade (and older) bookworms, both in subject and length, but JJ liked the illustrations, and I liked learning more about marches I had not been familiar with. This is a fantastic way to inform, educate, and inspire young activists, and we loved it. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)