A is for Activist

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.

The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents’ values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.

The illustrations are also multi-layered. Your child 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. Oh, and there’s always a cat.

If you’re looking for a guide to who’s who on the R page, you can find it here.


Dan Zanes (maker of 21st century all-ages music and the Grammy Award winning album Catch that Train!): I wish this beautiful and inspiring book was around when my daughter was young but fortunately there are plenty of cool children around today who will devour what Inno is serving up!

Naomi Klein (author of The Shock Doctrine) and Avi Lewis (filmmaker): Full of wit, beauty and fun, we can think of no better way to learn the alphabet. We can’t wait to try it out with our baby!

Medea Benjamin (cofounder Global Exchange and Code Pink): This is the perfect gift for every child—and every parent—in your life. Fun, funny, exquisitely illustrated and brilliantly written with a message that is sure to resonate with kids, who have an innate sense of fairness. May a thousand young activists bloom!

Rona Renner (RN, Parent Educator, Host Childhood Matters RadioShow): Innosanto Nagara’s book “A is for Activist” is beautiful, inspiring, and offers an opportunity for parents to explore their values with their children. At this time in history we need books for children that use words like, justice, ally, freedom, and advocate. Our children are the activists who will help to heal the world.

Tomas Moniz (writer/editor rad dad zine, a zine on radical parenting): A is for Activist is a welcome addition to the family of kids books that speak to the possibilities of change, of proactive parenting, of creating community, of celebrating the powerful everyday people we have in our lives and in our collective histories. This book is rad!

From Activist to Author (Publishers Weekly)

‘A’ Is for Activism, ‘B’ Is for a Book You Should Read Your Kids (TakePart.com)

A is for Activist (Slugger O’Toole)

A is Actually for Activist (AlisonGoldberg.com)

An ABC Board Book for the Kids of the 99% (Occupy Wall Street News)

Grooming Your Future Activists (East Bay Express)

CFC’s Favorite Things: Crunk Holiday Gifts (Crunk Feminist Collective)

Book Review: “A is for Activist” by Innosanto Nagara (Yes! Magazine)

Family Literacy (Mosaic Family Magazine)

A is for Activist (Nerdy With Children)

A Political Head Start (Bay Area Parent Magazine)

This is What Happens When Activists Reproduce (Reach and Teach)

A is for Activist (Rethinking Schools Resources)

An Children’s Book for the the 99% (California Faculty Association)

More Off the Beaten Path Board Books (Apartment Therapy)

Occupy’s 99 Percent Get Children’s Book (Washington Times)

A is for Activist Author Interview (Multiple Realities Blog)

New Kids Book “A is for Activist” Due Out Soon (People to People)

A is for Activist (Social Design Notes)

Tom Morello reading A is for Activist:

Kendall Elementary School students produced an ASL edition of A is for Activist: