OUR MISSION is to empower kids and the adults who love them to care about others, stand in solidarity, and take action for equity and justice. We do this by publishing articles, interviews, and reviews about children’s books that put social justice values into practice.
Children’s literature—both fiction and nonfiction—is full of inspiration and examples of children and adults who stand up for themselves and others. Whether it’s ducks organizing animals to oppose unfair farm rules, a student listening to her classmates’ concerns when running for student council, or a boy joining his first march, young people’s literature can demonstrate how individuals and communities have the power to act as agents for social change. Reading these stories can connect children to what they care about and build their confidence and skills to act on their beliefs in positive ways. And this power of children’s books to inspire, educate, and engage readers in the world around them nurtures activists of all ages.
The contributors to M is for Movement come from and stand with marginalized communities living at intersections of identity, experience, race, class, gender, religion, sexuality, and ability. We are children’s writers, illustrators, and book creators who are also long-time advocates and activists. We all share an interest in exploring how children’s literature can fuel positive social change. We hope this blog can be a connection point for other authors and illustrators with an interest in exploring these themes and values in their work.
We recognize that activism takes many forms, including interpersonal interactions, grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy, political participation, and protest. Through this blog we aim to highlight children’s books that include a wide range of engagement tactics, as well as the history of movements and the stories of remarkable individuals who lead and participate in social justice initiatives.
It is our hope that combined, these original posts will create an archive of children’s book reviews and analysis that broadens and deepens readers’ awareness of intersectionality, places marginalized voices at the center, and supports action and engagement for years to come.