Kids on the March by Michael G. Long is a solid middle grade nonfiction title. In this book, Long describes various marches that children were a part of. It’s inspiring, interesting, and good for research.

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The summary, from Amazon:

From the March on Washington to March for Our Lives to Black Lives Matter, the powerful stories of kid-led protest in America.

Kids have always been activists. They have even launched movements. Long before they could vote, kids have spoken up, walked out, gone on strike, and marched for racial justice, climate protection, gun control, world peace, and more.

Kids on the March tells the stories of these protests, from the March of the Mill Children, who walked out of factories in 1903 for a shorter work week, to 1951’s Strike for a Better School, which helped build the case for Brown v. Board of Education, to the twenty-first century’s most iconic movements, including March for Our Lives, the Climate Strike, and the recent Black Lives Matter protests reshaping our nation.

Powerfully told and inspiring, Kids on the March shows how standing up, speaking out, and marching for what you believe in can advance the causes of justice, and that no one is too small or too young to make a difference.

Buy Kids on the March: 15 Stories of Speaking Out, Protesting, and Fighting for Justice here.

I did feel that some of the protests in this book were a bit of a stretch as far as children’s involvement goes, but overall I enjoyed reading this title. It was well-researched and full of photographs, which I always enjoy in nonfiction, especially for children when it comes to the latter. Overall this title was truly inspiring, and while I was familiar with many of the stories, some truly wowed me. I appreciated that the backmatter contained information on and tips for organizing or attending a march.

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Kids on the March: 15 Stories of Speaking Out, Protesting, and Fighting for JusticeKids on the March: 15 Stories of Speaking Out, Protesting, and Fighting for Justice by Michael Long
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do think a few of these were a stretch as for kids’ involvement but overall this is an empowering read and I like the backmatter.

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Book Club Questions

  1. Were you aware of any of these movements already? Which were new to you?
  2. What’s a cause you care about that you could start a march or demonstration for?
  3. Have you ever attended a march? What was it for? What was your experience?

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