10 Books That Empower Kids to Stand Up and Speak Out

by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

It’s never too early to stand up, speak out, and create change. Malala Yousafzai began speaking out about education issues at 11, and young activists like Madison Kimrey, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, and Maya Penn are stepping up to show that there are no age limits when it comes to a passion for justice. My own daughter is similarly inspired. Like many young people, she is passionate and curious about so many of the issues that affect all of us.

Books can be great resources for change-minded kids, helping them think about why and how they can be a force for good in a complicated world and have an impact, large or small. Here are some great books for readers of all ages.