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Top People-Related Solutionary Stories

Updated: Dec 7, 2020

Some of my favorite Solutionary Stories about people helping people!


More and more of these are coming out, so enjoy all of these favorites (updated annually—stay tuned for 2020 update soon!)...


Best Nonfiction Picture Books About People Helping People



In no particular order:


1. Malala’s Magic Pencil written by Malala Yousafzi & illustrated by Kerascoët (Also Malala/Iqbal: Two Stories of Bravery by Jeanette Winter)

2. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

3. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hicks, a Young Civil Rights Activist written by Cynthia Levinson & illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton (See also Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down written by Andrea Davis Pinkney & illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Yes, I need a whole post on civil rights solutionary stories!)

4. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark written by Debbie Levy & illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

5. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag written by Rob Sanders & illustrated by Steven Salerno

6. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 written by Michelle Markel & illustrated by Melissa Sweet

7. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez written by Kathleen Krull & illustrated by Yuyi Morales (See also Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez written by Monica Brown & illustrated by Joe Cepeda)

8. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah written by Laurie Ann Thompson & illustrated by Sean Qualls

9. Farmer Will Allen and The Growing Table written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin & illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin

10. Write To Me: Letters from Japanese-American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind written by Cynthia Grady & illustrated by Amiko Hirau

11. Manjhi Moves a Mountain written by Nancy Churnin & illustrated by Danny Popovici

12. Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, A Kitten & 10,000 Miles written by Mara Rockliff & illustrated by Hadley Hooper (See also Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote written by Tanya Lee Stone & illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon, and so many others—I need to do a post on all the women's rights nonfiction picture books, too!)


I know I've left off many titles in this category—please send me your faves so I can check them out!

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