Books for changing the world

Haymarket Books for Young Readers

At Haymarket, we seek to publish books for changing the world, for readers of all ages! Here's a reading list of our favorite books for young readers, perfect for facilitating important and honest conversations between kids and their parents or guardians during this time of crisis and uncertainty.

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(ages 3-6) With gorgeous illustrations throughout, this picture book shows how a father and daughter’s love cannot be broken even when they are separated by prison bars. A great way to explore difficult topics and emotions with young readers. 

(ages 7-10) Feminist author Rebecca Solnit reimagines a classic fairytale with a fresh, feminist Cinderella and new plot twists that will inspire young readers to change the world. This book will bring a little magic and hope at a time when that is so desperately needed.

(ages 8-12) Powerful, concise profiles of 101 social justice changemakers with discussion questions and additional resources for each activist profiled. A wonderful resource for learning about people who have made a difference in our world.  

(ages 9-12) An extraordinary book about war and peace through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy, this book will help young readers understand more about one of the worst conflicts afflicting our world today.

NFL Super Bowl Champion and three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett adds his voice to discussions of racism and police violence, Black athletes and their relationship to powerful institutions like the NCAA and the NFL, the role of protest in history, and the responsibilities of athletes as role models to speak out against injustice.

Original meditations on race, gender, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up from award-winning poet and scholar Eve L. Ewing, Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose. 

Award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the story of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919—which lasted eight days and resulted in thirty-eight deaths and almost 500 injuries—through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city. Discussion guide available for download.

In a country torn apart by war, a teenage girl blogs her story of family, friendship, and life under American occupation and illustrates for readers the connections between young people around the world and across borders. 

Renowned journalist Gary Younge explains why Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech maintains its powerful social relevance by sharing the dramatic story surrounding its initial delivery.

A beautifully illustrated graphic novel about resilience, forgiveness, hope, and what it means to find your own voice behind prison walls.