A is for Activist: An ABC Book for Kids of the 99% Favorite 

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Nov 5 2012

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A is for Activism is a children's book developed by Innosanto Nagara, an author illustrator and founding member of the Design Action Collective, a worker owned cooperative design studio in Oakland that is dedicated to “serving the Movement.” The book includes playful rhymes for each letter stressing the importance of civic engagement and a participatory democracy. For example, the "K" page reads "Kings are fine for storytim; Knights are fun to play; But when we make decisions we will chose the people's way!"

The book evolved from Nagara's desire to create a progressive book for her own two year old and expanded into a larger project with the enthuasiasm and encouragement from others looking for the same thing.

Below is a description of the project by Nagara:

A is for Activist is an ABC board book that I’ve written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: Families that want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and so on.

The rhymes are fun for the kids to hear and play with, but also meaningful for us grownups. It was important to me that the book be one that I too would enjoy reading over and over—not something I’d want to hide after day 3, even if my son loved it. The illustrations are also multi-layered. Your kid will find something they can learn to recognize on each page. There are new things to discover over multiple readings. There are references for grownups to “get”, and maybe even be a conversation starter down the line. Oh, and there’s always a cat.

For more information, sample pages, or to purchase your own copy check out: http://www.aisforactivist.com/

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