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Joining Together for Change

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

A review of the picture book, Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen

Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen is a fantastic and inspiring picture book to introduce the concept of activism, and the power of citizens joining together to resist injustice. This is a book that should find a home in all libraries and elementary school classrooms. Allen uses a combination of simple text and beautiful watercolor illustrations to explain why people march. She not only highlights historical events but also also gives modern examples that allow young children to make connections with current events. Allen also includes other forms of resistance, such as music, art, sit ins, and taking a knee. The end notes provide a more detailed explanation of the events and key people depicted in the illustrations.

This book is a teacher's dream. It is a wonderful way to address current events in a way that young children can easily understand. Sometimes People March can also be used as an introductory read aloud for units on the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Civil Rights Movement, and the women's rights movements in late elementary grades. It also provides a fantastic jumping off point for student research projects, with 25 people, movements and marches briefly described. There is even an Educators' Guide for ages 4-9, which includes discussion questions and classroom activities. I found a copy at my local library, but if you want to own a copy I have included the publishers link for purchasing choices.

Check out this video to give you a taste of the book!

About the Book:

Tessa Allen, Author and Illustrator

Published: September 2002 by Balzer + Bray

"In this debut picture book, spare, inspiring text describes the many reasons people march, and delicate watercolor illustrations depict activist movements throughout American history. Use this timely and timeless introduction to activism to spark age-appropriate conversation about the ways in which people gather to seek change."

Interest Level: age 4–9

Guided Reading Level: H

Themes: Activism, Social Justice, Civil Rights

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