Social Activism Books for Third Grade

Books can encourage kids of all ages to enact change in their communities. Because it’s never too early to make a difference, we’ll be sharing a list of social activism books for each grade level. Check out our social activism book roundup for third grade below and for more social activism titles, check out our full printable Social Activism Diverse Reading List!

Prairie Dog Song

Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands
by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illus. by Susan L. Roth

Focusing on the role of prairie dogs as a keystone species, this book tells the connected histories of the North American grassland prairies and current efforts to preserve and recover the Janos grasslands in northern Mexico.

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Aani and the Tree Huggers

Aani and the Tree Huggers
by Jeannine Atkins, illus. by Venantius J. Pinto

In this enduring story of environmental action based on a true event in northern India, Aani and other women in her village save their forest from destruction.

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The Storyteller's Candle

The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos
by Lucía González, illus. by Lulu Delacre

Cousins Hildamar and Santiago long for their home in Puerto Rico–until they discover the library thanks to Pura Belpré, New York City’s first Latina librarian.

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The Can Man

The Can Man
by Laura E. Williams, illus. by Craig Orback

To earn money, a young boy decides to collect and redeem empty cans, but ends up giving his money away to a homeless man.

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Friends from the Other Side

Friends From the Other Side/Amigos del otro lado
by Gloria Anzaldúa, illus. by Consuelo Méndez

This poignant immigration story captures not only the hardship of daily life on the border, but also the beauty of the landscape and the dignity and generosity of spirit that Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants share.


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