Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type

Author: Coreen Crornin
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, 2001.
ISBN-13: 978-1442408890
Grades: Primary/Junior
This renowned children's story- and picture-book chronicles the labour struggles of cows and chickens against Farmer Brown's tyrannical reign. Unionism for kids...!!

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

Author: Kathleen Krull
Illustrator: Harvey Chan
Publisher: Harcourt, 2003
ISBN-13: 978-0152014377
Grades: Junior/Intermediate
Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive. Cesar knew had to change, and he thought that--maybe--he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened.

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Side by Side

Author: Monica Brown
Illustrator: Joe Cepeda
Publisher: Groundwood, 1996
ISBN-13: 978-0061227813
Grades: Junior/Intermediate
Side by Side begins by briefly chronicling the backgrounds of Huerta and Chavez. Their stories unfold within the facing pages of the book, side by side. Huerta is depicted as a talker, while Chavez is described as a listener. Huerta learned about activism and taking care of others at a young age, especially the migrant farm workers, from her parents. She would later teach the hungry, thirsty and barefoot children of migrant farm workers. As a young boy, Chavez learned from personal experience the hardship of being a migrant farm worker, having to drop out of school and work with his family under difficult conditions. He continued to educated himself by reading. Eventually, Huerta and Chavez met and their story of activism and motivating the farm workers to fight is told. Side by Side is written in English and Spanish. The colorful illustrations help to capture and hold the young reader's attention.


Author: Jane Claypool Miner
Publisher: Scholastic 1984
ISBN-13: 978-0590332415
Grades: Intermediate
Joanna has come to Lowell from her small New England village to work in a mill. But the mills are different from what she expected. The conditions are horrible. Will she stand with the other girls when they strike?

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Night Shift

Author: Jessie Hartland
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1599900254
Grade: 3
Late at night, there are people on the night shift. This book awakens readers to the night time world of people who go towork while others are sleeping.

This book is used in the ETFO publication: Social Justice Begins With Me.

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Kids At Work: Lewis Hine And The Crusade Against Child Labor

Author: Russell Freedman
Photographer: Lewis Hine
Publisher: Clarion Books, 1994
ISBN-13: 978-0395587034
Grade: 7
This book depicts the work of Lewis Hine and the campaign of the National Child Labor Committee in the United States of America. The text describes how Hine engaged in the photographic process, collecting notes, taking pictures, and creating news stories and brochures depicting the fate of America’s children at the turn of the twentieth century. This is a good introduction for students to see some of the working conditions that child labourers experienced in the United States in the early twentieth century.

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Kids on Strike

Author: Susan Campbell
Publisher: Kids Can Press; 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1553376484
Grade: 8
Child workers and their issues and problems are well presented in this book, which shows how child labourers stood up to company owners to receive better working conditions and wages. The book chronicles the time period from 1836 to the early 1900s in the United States of America.

This book is used in the ETFO publication: Social Justice Begins With Me.

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Factory Girl

Author: Barbara Greenwood
Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1553376484
Grade: 8
This book is a unique hybrid of fact and fiction that explores the daily life of the urban poor in the early twentieth century.It specifically identifies child labour trends and problems in North America, setting a fictional 12 year-old girl forced to work under awful conditions to help support her family against the backdrop of photographs of real life in that place and time.

This book is used in the ETFO publication: Social Justice Begins With Me.

Elegy on the Death of César Chávez

Author: Rudolfo Anaya
Illustrator: Gaspar Enriquez
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press, 2000
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Grade: 7
This book is an impassioned poem about the legendary labour leader (1927 - 1993). Anaya depicts Chávez as “a wind of change” whose name is “a soft breeze to cool the campesino’s sweat”, and describes Chávez’s opponents as “arrogant hounds of hate” living in “a land grown fat with greed”. The verses move from grief to hope to a rousing call to action, honouring Chávez’s words.

This book is used in the ETFO publication: Social Justice Begins With Me.

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Ghost Train

Author: Paul Yee
Illustrator: Harvey Chan
Publisher: Groundwood, 1996
ISBN-13: 978-0888992574
Grade: 8
Choon-yi is capable of creating images so real they seem to be alive. Extreme poverty forces her father to leave his family behind in South China to take a dangerous railroad construction job in Canada. After two years of sending his pay home, Baasks that Choon-yi join him, but when she arrives in Vancouver she learns that her father has died in a landslide. He appears to her in a dream and asks her to paint him on the train he built.

This book is used in the ETFO publication: Social Justice Begins With Me.

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