Timely Titles for Budding Young Activists

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Day of Service, encourage young listeners to stand up and get involved in the issues that matter to them. Whether your activist-to-be wants to save the whales or revamp their education system (or anything in between), these audiobooks have everything they need to get inspired and get going.

The foremost diverse children’s authors–including Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Kwame Alexander–share answers to the question, “In this divisive world, what shall we tell our children?” in We rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, published in partnership with Just Us Books. Featuring poems, letters, personal essays, songs, and other works, this anthology empowers the nation’s youth to listen, learn, and build a better tomorrow.

Glimmer of Hope is the official, definitive audiobook from The March for Our Lives founders. Learn how a group of teenagers raced to channel their rage and sorrow into action, and went on to create one of the largest youth-led movements to fight gun-violence in global history.

No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference brings you Greta Thunberg in her own words, with her own voice. Collecting her speeches that have made history across the globe, her book is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet.

Every night when Sonia goes to bed, Mami asks her the same question: How did you help today? And since Sonia wants to help her community, just like her Mami does, she always makes sure she has a good answer to Mami’s question. From Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Just Help! shows kids how we can all help make the world a better place each and every day. Also available in spanish, ¡Solo Ayuda!

Author: Adam Eli
Read By: Adam Eli

In The New Queer Conscience, Voices4 Founder and LGBTQIA+ activist Adam Eli offers a candid and compassionate introduction to queer responsibility. Eli calls on his Jewish faith to underline how kindness and support within the queer community can lead to a stronger global consciousness.

Earth Guardians Youth Director and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez shows us how his music feeds his environmental activism and vice versa in Imaginary Borders. Martinez visualizes a future that allows us to direct our anger, fear, and passion toward creating change.

Nevertheless We Persisted is a powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gender, or sexual identity–but persisted.