A Socialist Booklist for Kids and Their Grown-Ups

Most of us have special kids in our lives, be they our own children, nieces, nephews, grandkids, mentees or just the neighbor kids. As caregivers and special adults in these children’s lives, we have the power to have tremendous influence on their moral development. So why don’t we use that power to spread the socialist messages of worker rights, empathy and inclusion? Below is a selection of book titles that can help you and your special child explore socialist issues.



Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin; illustrated by Betsy Lewin


Younger Elementary






The House that Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams by Tanya Lee Stone; illustrated by Kathryn Brown

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel; illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Cesar Chavez  by Joeming Dunn ; illustrated by Rod Espinosa.  (graphic novel)

Harvesting hope : The Story of Cesar Chavez  by Kathleen Krull ; illustrated by Yuyi Morales


Older Elementary






Strike!: The Farmworker’s Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner

Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers by Sarah E. Warren; illustrated by Robert Casilla

Who was Cesar Chavez? By Dana Meachen Rau; illustrated by Ted Hammond

Cesar Chavez by Elizabeth Hudson-Goff, Kerri O’Hern and Jonatha A. Brown (graphic Novel)

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by Jessica Gunderson; illustrated by Phil Miller and Charles Barnett III (graphic novel)


For further suggestions, check out:

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award

Marxist Internet Archive’s Children’s Literature Archive 









Author: Rachel Lenstra

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