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J is for Justice: A Social Justice Book for Kids

ISBN: 9781634895934
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Nekima Levy Armstrong
Illustrator: Tiffany Baker
Pages: 42
Trim: 10 x 8 inches
Published: 02/21/2023

Inspired by an activist's countless experiences at protests with her child, this social justice children's book is an empowering introduction to activism for kids— teaching young readers the power of protest, community, and many voices coming together as one.

Baby Joy is on a walk with her mom when she hears voices and drumming.

As the crowd comes closer, Baby Joy recognizes people from her neighborhood. She hears them shouting different words, like "freedom" and "justice."

Her mom explains there's a protest going on—and Baby Joy wants to join!

In this social justice book for kids, experience a protest through the eyes of a child: the questions they ask, the signs they see, and the chants they sing.

Author Nekima Levy Armstrong is an attorney, freedom fighter, and community organizer. She is a former president of the Minneapolis NAACP and frequently speaks about racial justice advocacy, most notably including an interview with Oprah. As an activist planning peaceful protests—and as a mom marching with her own young daughter!—Nekima has seen firsthand how enlightening and empowering protests can be for kids.

Inside this antiracism book for kids, discover:

  • a powerful discussion starter,
  • kid-friendly language,
  • vibrant illustrations, and
  • chants for kids.

Protests have become a regular part of life for many little ones. They see people marching down city streets from their car seats. Their older siblings and cousins are joining high school walkouts. They see pink hats, BLM signs, and street art calling for change . . . and they're sure to have many questions.

J is for Justice makes the answers as simple as the ABCs.


NEKIMA LEVY ARMSTRONG is an award-winning civil rights lawyer, activist, and former president of the Minneapolis NAACP. She is a frequent speaker on national news outlets about racial justice advocacy and public policy, most notably including an interview with Oprah. Her work includes founding the Racial Justice Network, an executive director role at the Wayfinder Foundation, and formerly serving as a tenured professor of law at the University of St. Thomas. Nekima regularly organizes protests in Minneapolis-attending with her daughter, Assata Joy, who loves chanting and marching with her community.

TIFFANY BAKER is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based visual artist working in oil, acrylic, graphite, digital, and glass. Tiffany’s artistic style of realist portraiture is marked by vibrant palettes and considered attention to her subject’s grooming. Tiffany has created illustrations for Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic, The HBO adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s novel Between the World and Me, CNN, and VH1’s Black Girl Beauty. Tiffany creates murals in her local neighborhood of Bed-Stuy on community refrigerators for mutual aid initiatives aimed at fighting food insecurity. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and has trained at SVA and the New York Academy of Art.