Together We March: 25 Protest Movements that Marched into History by Leah Henderson, illustrated by Tyler Feder

Together We March: 25 Protest Movements that Marched into History by Leah Henderson, illustrated by Tyler Feder. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2021. 9781534442702

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? This long format picture book begins with an introduction that presents the importance of protest with our feet, voices, and words on our signs. Featuring 25 marches overall, it starts with the timeline with the March of the Mill Children in 1903 and ends with the Justice for George Floyd and BLM protests of 2020. Each of the two-page spreads details, quite thoroughly, the history behind the march, the significance of its occurrence, and outcomes. The author has highlighted a variety of marches from workers’ rights, women’s rights, and youth rights to environmental issues and world peace. Illustrations are sparse yet informative and additive to the overall message. The bright colors add a sense of hope to sometimes difficult and challenging topics. The language is developmentally appropriate and sensitive to middle-grade readers. The conclusion end page reminds us that we “march for one another so that all of us might have a better life in the world we share.” A colorful timeline places each of the featured marches in chronological order, and a selected bibliography provides additional resources for further reading. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book would be a great text for a middle school history class, or for a family to read together and discuss. 

Who should buy this book? Upper elementary or middle school libraries, public libraries, youth centers

Where would you shelve it ? 323

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 4/11/2021

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