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Books About Activism for Teens

Books About Activism for Teens

From volunteering and voting to raising awareness and protesting, these reads will inspire and instruct you on how you can change the world for the better. 


Nonfiction Books on Elections, Voting, and Civic Engagement

One Person, No Vote: How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally by Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden

Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne 

She Represents: 44 Women Who Are Changing Politics . . . and the World by Caitlin Donohue

Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections by Jeff Fleischer

Vote! Women's Fight for Access to the Ballot Box by Coral Celeste Frazer

Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African-American Voting Rights by Lawrence Goldstone

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom:  My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Right March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

You Call This Democracy?: How to Fix Our Government and Return Power to the People by Elizabeth Rusch



How You Can Become an Activist

Putting Peace First: 7 Commitments to Change the World by Eric Dawson

Marly Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! by Marly Dias

Yes You Can! Your Guide to Becoming an Activist by Jane Drake and Ann Love 

We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes the World by Todd Hasak-Lowy

What Are My Rights?: Q&A About Teens and the Law by Tom Jacobs

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation by Maureen Johnson

You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World by Caroline Paul

Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution by KaeLyn Rich 

Be A Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson


Nonfiction and Memoirs about Changemakers & Their Causes

Shout: A Poetry Memoir by Laurie Halse Anderson

Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States by Marke Bieschke

Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration edited by Rose Brock

Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan, Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation by Candy J. Cooper

Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot

Economic Inequality: The American Dream Under Siege by Coral Celeste Frazer

No More Excuses: Dismantling Rape Culture by Amber Keyser

When They Call You a Terrorist: a story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement by The March of Our Lives Founders

Imaginary Borders by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Enough Is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety by Michelle Roehm McCann

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by DeRay Mckesson

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community by Lady Gaga

We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists

The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets by Gayle E. Pitman

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager

Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing up Female in America by Amy Lynn Reed

Stamped: Racism, AntiRacism, and You by Jason Reynolds

Rad American History A-Z: 26 Movements that Demonstrate the Power of the People by Kate Schatz

Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice (Adapted for Young Adults) by Bryan A. Stevenson

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone

Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything by Alexandra Styron 

No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai

Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength and Courage