Big Inspiration for Little ActivistsSunday, May 7 | 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Word Power Stage
What are you passionate about? Whether you hope to protect endangered species, protest book banning, or make your city’s streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, this session’s storytellers are here to show you that even the littlest activists can make a big difference! In Jovita Wore Pants, Aida Salazar tells the true story of Jovita Valdovinos, who also happens to be her great-aunt. Born in Mexico in 1911, the iconoclastic Jovita (disguised as a boy) became a leader in the Cristeros War when she was just fourteen. In Black Beach, Shaunna and John Stith tell the story of a group of school children in Santa Barbara, who, after a 1969 oil spill, mailed bottles of oil to their elected representatives—leading to political change and the founding of Earth Day. And Taimani Emerald, in We Are Allies!, shows that sometimes the most vital activism involves standing and speaking up against injustices big and small. Young changemakers-in-training—and their grownups—will find plenty of inspiration in this session of interactive picture book readings. Ages 6–10.
Book signing information: Folio Books, in the park