How people have come together to change the world
Illustrated by Emily Haworth-Booth
Illustrated by award-winner Emily Haworth-Booth, and written by Emily and her sister Alice, this book is a timely history of peaceful protests from around the world – from 1170 BCE to the present day.
Protest has changed the planet – from Roman times to today, ordinary people have stood up for what they believe in and made the world a better place. Children are more likely now than ever before to make a peaceful stand against what they believe is wrong in the world. The time is right for a book that sets out the history of protest and how it has changed our society.
This book covers the global history of protest from 1170 BCE, when workers on the pyramids in Egypt went on strike for more food, to the present day, with the school strikes for climate. From the women’s march in Rome, through the peasants’ revolt, the abolitionist movement and the suffragette movement right through to Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter.
Also included are the Native American Ghost Dance, the Abolitionist Movement, Women’s Suffrage Movement, anti-nuclear movement, the Stonewall riots, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Arab Spring, Hong Kong umbrella protests and much more. The book covers civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQI+ rights, anti-apartheid, environmental campaigns and more.
It also looks at creative ways of protesting – theatrical interventions, singing protests, guerrilla gardening, tree-sitting, noisy protests and surreal happenings.
'Could a book BE more timely? It. Is. Brilliant… to inspire children to take a stand and make a difference… [A] mighty book'
Little Literary Society
'A dynamic look at the global history of protest in a graphic novel history'
‘Ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things. That is the message at the heart of this brilliant book … a positive and uplifting celebration of people who have worked together to make the world a better place’
‘This is a fascinating and inspiring book ... a fantastic resource to help everyone understand how we can make our voices heard … There is so much information to inspire in this book, complemented by fun illustrations from Emily’
'Protest! is excellent – Absolutely loads I never knew, and so beautifully designed and illustrated'
‘Highly recommended for secondary school libraries’
School Reading List
'An excellent history of protest movements … a clear-eyed information book that is enlightening, accessible and genuinely inspiring. At a time when children are more likely than ever to be involved in protests, there couldn’t be a more timely or important book'
Books for Keeps magazine
'An uplifting, inspiring and timely look at how protesting has changed our society and the world we share. It’s a call to action for sure'
Red Reading Hub
'A must-read for all ages!'
Book and Gift Blogger
'Bright and bold ... the diversity of movements included is impressive ... A book that will inspire and empower, showing readers that they too can peacefully take a stand and change the world for the better'
'A brilliant collaboration ... With appealing illustrated spreads ... Essential for every school library, and a great gift for any young person who sees the need for a fairer world'
'Love this celebration of collective action'
'This book is a real treat! ... As well as being incredibly interesting, this book is beautiful'
Primary Science Magpie
'A fascinating look at all sorts of protests ... With stylish illustrations and heaps of information about everything from the Stonewall riots to guerilla gardening, it's sure to inspire young people to make a difference'
'A succinct & playful anthology of global protest, showing that there is hope & we must fight for it'
'This is such an amazingly uplifting and wholesome book ... I love the illustrations and colour pallet throughout. It’s subtle but really effective'
'A strikingly designed book celebrating hope, friendship and community ... This is a book that is truly inspiring and motivating'