Friday, April 25, 2014

Books about Labor and Unions for 4th -12th Graders

Glass, Linzi. (2006). The Year the Gypsies Came. NewYork:  Henry Holt. (South Africa during the 1960s).
Weaver, Kathmandu, Nepal from Stolen Dreams
Books for Intermediate Grade Students in Grades 4-6: Literature

  1. Auch, Mary Jane. (2004). Ashes of Roses. New York: Laurel Leaf.
  2. Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. (2011). Cesar: Si se pude! Yes We Can. Illustrated by David Diaz. New York: Two Lions.
  3. Baker, Julie. 2002. Up Molasses Mountain. New York: Wendy Lamb Book.
  4. Boling, Katharine. (2006). January 1905. New York: HMH Books. 
  5. Casanova, Mary. (2014). Riot.  Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
  6. Hill, Kirpatrick. (2010). Dancing at Odinochka.  New York: Margaret K. McElderry.
  7. Matas, Carol. (2003). Rosie in New York City: Gotcha! New York: Aladdin.
  8. Paterson, Katherine. (2008). Bread and Roses, Too. New York: HNH Books.
  9. Paterson, Katherine. (2004). Lyddie. New York: Paterson.
  10. Potter Tracey. (2008). Billy Creekmore: A Novel. New York: HarperCollins.
  11. Robinet, Harriette Gillem. (2003). Missing from Haymarket Square. New York: Aladdin.
  12. Wintrophs, Elizabeth. (2006). Counting on Grace. New York: Yearling.
Books for Older Students - Grades 7 - 12 Literature
  1. Anaya, Rudolfo. 2000. Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez. Illustrated by Gaspar Enriquez. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
  2. Davies, Jacqueline. (2014). Lost.  New York: Two Lions.
  3. D'Adamo, Francesco. (2005). IqbalNew York: Aladdin.
  4. Frontiera, Deborah K. (2009/2013). Living on Sisu: The 1913 Union Copper Strike Tragedy. Houston, TX: ABCs Press.
  5. Grindley, Sally. (2005). Spilled WaterNew York: Bloomsbury Publishing.
  6. Haddix, Margaret Peterson. (2011). Uprising. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  7. Hill, Kirpatrick. (2010). Dancing at Odinochka.  New York: Margaret K. McElderry.
  8. Hughes, Pat. (2014). The Breaker Boys. Backshore Books.
  9. Mason, David. (2010). Ludlow. Red Hen Press. (High School/Adult)
  10. Parker, M.P. (2008). A Difficult Boy. New York: Holiday House.
  11. Paterson, Katherine. (2008). Bread and Roses, Too. New York: HNH Books.
  12. Paterson, Katherine. (2004). Lyddie. New York: Paterson.
  13. Pinsky, Robert. "Shirt".




14. Resau, Laura & Maria Virginia Farinango. (2011). Queen of Water. New York: Random Hose.
15. Skurzynksi, Gloria. (2001). Rockbuster. New York: Atheneum.
16. Sheth, Kashmira. (2010). Boys without Names. New York: Balzer + Bray.

Nonfiction Books for Middle and High School Students


  1. Andrews, Thomas G. (2010). Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  2. Aronson, Marc. (2011).Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert. New York: Atheneum Books.
  3. Atkin, Beth S. (2000). Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell their Stories. New York: Little, Brown.
  4. Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. (2003). Kids on Strike! New York: HNH Books.
  5. Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. (1996). Growing Up in Coal County. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.
  6. Bausum, Ann & Jim Lawson. (2012). Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty Labor Fights and Civil rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Hours. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Children's Books.
  7. Burgan, Michael. (2011). Breaker Boys: How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor. CPB.
  8. Coleman, Penny. (1995). Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II. New York: Crown Books.
  9. Freedman, Russell. (1998). Kids at Work: Lewis Hines and the Crusade Against Child Labor. New York: HNH Books.
  10. Green, James. (2007). Death in Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America. New York: Anchor. (High School/Adult)
  11. Greenwood, Barbara.(2007).  Factory Girl. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press.
  12. Hopkinson, Deborah. (2006). Up Before Daybreak: Cotton and People in AmericaNew York: Scholastic.
  13. Jiménez, Francisco. (2002) Breaking Through. New York: HMH Books.
  14. Jiménez, Francisco. (1997). The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child. Albuquerque, NM: University of Mexico Press.
  15. Josephson, Judith Pinkerton. (1996). Mother Jones: Fierce Fighter for Workers' Rights. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publication.
  16. Kielburger, Craig & Kevin Major. (1999). Free the Children: A Young Man Fights Against Child Labor and Proves that Children Can Change the World. New York: Harper Perennial.
  17. Kraft, Betsy Harvey. (1995). Mother Jones: One Woman's Fight for Labor. New York: Clarion Books.
  18. Kuklin, Susan. (1998). Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders Against Child Slavery. New York: Henry Holt and Co.
  19. Landeau, Elaine (2009). Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. New York: Children's Press.
  20. Marrin, Albert. (2011). Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy.New York: Knopf.
  21. Martelle, Scott. (2008). Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre ad Class War in the American West. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. (High School/Adult)
  22. Miller, Calvin Craig. (2005). A. Philip Randolph: And the African-American Labor Movement. Greensboro, NC: Morgan Reynolds Publishers.
  23. Miller, Connie Colwell. (2006). Mother Jones: Labor Leader. Illustrated by Steve Erwin and Charles Barnett. New York: Graphic Library.
  24. Murolo, Priscilla & A.B. Chitty. (2001). From the Folks that Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States.  Illustrations by Joe Sacco. New York: The New Press. (High School/Adult)
  25. Nelson, Bruce. (2002). Divided We Stand: American Workers and he Struggle for Black Equality. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. (High School/Adult)
  26. Parker, David L. (1997). Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications Company.
  27. Roberts-Davis, Tanya. (2003). We Need to Go To Schools: Voices of the Rugmark Children. Toronto, ON: Groundwood Books.
  28. Robinson, J. Dennis. (2010). Striking Back: The Fight to End Child Labor Exploitations. CPB.
  29. Ruby, Lois. (2012).  Strike! Mother Jones and the Colorado Coal Field War. Palmer Lake, CO: Filter Press, LLC.
  30. Springer, Jane. 1997. Listen to Us: The World's Working Children.  Toronto, ON: Groundwood Press.
  31. Stanley, Jerry. (1996). Big Annie of Calmuet: A True Story of the Industrial Revolution. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers,
  32. Stavans, Ilan. (2010). Cesar Chavez: A Photographic Essay. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
  33. Stein Leon. (2010). The Triangle Fire. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press. (High School/Adult)
  34. US Commission on Industrial Relations. (2010). The Ludlow Massacre: The Official US Government Report on the Colorado Miner's Strike of 1913-1914. St. Petersburg, FL: Red and Black Publishers.
  35. Watson, Bruce. (2006). Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American DreamNew York: Penguin Books. (High School/Adult)


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