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12 Awesome Kids' Books About Being A Leader

Leadership takes many forms and is often born out of unexpected circumstances. These fantastic children's books feature stories about characters rising up, speaking out, taking a stand, and making a difference.

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

This book follows the real-life story of organizer Clara Lemlich. She organized and lead the largest ever strike of women workers in the United States. Young Clara recognized the unfair conditions of her fellow workers and fought for fair labor practices.

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

This special edition of Malala's biography is formatted for younger readers. Boys and girls will be inspired by the Malala's quiet bravery.

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney

This awesome book for middle-grade readers shares the incredible, real-life, stories of women like Sojournor Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B.Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Josephine Baker.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Like Malala's story, this book is a reminder to kids that they are indeed powerful and can change the world. In this true story, William Kamkwamba, sets out to build his own windmill to ensure his village can survive another drought.

Goldie Takes a Stand by Barbara Krasner

Golda Meir, the first female prime minister of Israel, started out as "Goldie" an outspoken nine year old in Milwaukee. Follow along as Goldie organizes her classmates to help immigrant families and others in need.

The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough

The Bicycle Spy is an award-winning book about Marcel, a young boy who becomes part of the resistance movement and helps channel information on his bike. Marcel is a quiet example of leadership - he doesn't do what he does for recognition or accolades, but rather because it's the right thing to do.

Pearl Moscowitz's Last Stand by Arthur Levine

Young environmentalists will get a kick out of this story about a sassy lady taking on the big city. Pearl loves the tree on her street and when her local government decides it's got to go, they meet a formidable--and wily--foe in Pearl.

The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

The protagonist in this book represents kids who think outside the box and see what others might easily miss. In this story a young boy finds an interesting creature on the beach and tries to find it's owner. Despite it's massive and unusual form, none of the adults in the boy's life seem to notice that the creature is following him around.

I Dissent, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka "The Notorious RBG" is the queen of "disagreeing without being disagreeable." This biography follows Justice Ginsburg from elementary school through to life on the supreme court, proving that she has always been one badass, outspoken, lady.

Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora

If you loved the library as a kid, get this book. If you didn't love the library as a kid, but you want your kid to love the library, get this book. Seriously.

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Parents may already be familiar with this touching story of a pacifist bull who refuses to fight. Ferdinand proves that sometimes you take a stand by lying down.

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