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A is for Activist

A is for Activist

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Innosanto Nagara knows that activism begins in the cradle, but to be sustainable, it has to be wide-ranging, deep-rooted, and based ultimately on a sense of fun and community. He then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked as a graphic designer for a range of social change organizations before founding the Design Action Collective. It introduces terms like activism, democracy, justice, feminism, and freedom, all while teaching the alphabet. Many of the illustrations are layered, so it’s a fun surprise to find an animal, shape, or insect hiding int he pictures. Also in both the English and the Spanish, the “I” page stands for indígena and immigrante: “Indigenous and Immigrant.

On the “K” page the words read “Kings are fine for story time/ Knights are fun to play/ But when we make decisions/ we will choose the people’s way! The alliteration, rhyming and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues depicted resonate with their parents' values of community, equality and justice.

Children will naturally be empathetic, compassionate, respectful, and kind hearted with proper mentorship and without the need of ideological suggestions at such a young age. But not only nothing about animals but a point is made to eat what is definitely animal derived cheese and probably animal flesh. The alphabet format makes zero sense on some pages for example using a word that begins with “J” on the “H” page. An unashamedly left wing children's board book, and i mean proper left, not the old style new labor left which was really central to small c right.

The page’s background is light images of a brain and the words at the top read, “O is for Open minds Operate best/ Critical thinking Over tests/ Wisdom can’t be memorized/ Educate!I'm very much an advocate of teaching children about rights and autonomy from a young age, and this book is great to simplify this and teach children. Personally I like the book, as does my 4 year old daughter, It can be read on a few levels and is nicely interactive. A is for Activist is an ABC board book 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. A is for Activist covers all this ground with a playful rhyming style that makes you want to turn the pages and read the book over and over again. The illustrations are colorful and interesting and while I’m not a huge fan of their style, I think many readers will like them, including young readers/listeners.

I'm so left wing that it hurts sometimes, but I found this book very uncomfortable to read because it is so preachy. Inno lives in a co-housing community in Oakland where his child is the youngest of eight children to be born into the household.And more likely than not, if you are the kind of parent that would read this book to your child, you would have raised them to agree with the book entirely by the time they are mature enough to think about these issues on their own. A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. It's essential that children know that the world we live in isn't perfect and that we all have the ability to change it, to make it better for everyone. Names and ideas which might not be understood, admittedly, and a parent may have to put in a fair bit of work, but the illustrations and colour in this book are beautiful and so vibrant. Although the book is meant for ages 0-3, Rethinking Schools has suggested that it can even be used with older kids: “It could also be used as a prompt for older students to create their own alphabet books with a conscience.

This book is propaganda for kids, obviously, which makes me a little uncomfortable, as much I agree with the opinions. The children are all shown laughing, speaking, and marching with fists in the air, giving them full agency.

I've come home from work to catch my father-in-law brainwashing my kids with Fox News playing on TV so it's nice to finally be able to combat that nonsense with an over-the-top left-leaning screed like this alphabet book. Kids would be better off learning about STEM subjects and being given a desire to learn more about that.

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