Since Innosanto Nagara published A is for Activist in 2012, we have come to look to his regular offerings as beacons of light for children and families in uncertain times. Innosanto's books, from Counting on Community to My Night in the Planetarium to The Wedding Portrait, M is For Movement, and his newest title, Oh, The Things We're For!, continually help us feel gratitude for the gifts of this world while imagining the better world we are all fighting for and deserve. As Charis celebrates our 46th birthday in a season of deep political uncertainty, we can think of no better author to honor the complexity of this moment than Innosanto. We know that we have survived as a feminist space, as a bookstore, as a people, because of our collective commitment to fighting for the health, liberation, and dignity of all people, especially the youngest among us. We honor the wisdom of children who so often point the way towards justice, and we honor the role Innosanto's books have played in helping parents and educators find the words we need to share our values with the young people in our lives.
We invite you to join us for a very special all-ages storytime with Innosanto in conversation with local activist and parent Kavita Rajanna as we celebrate Oh, The Things We're For! and continue to talk as an intergenerational community about the vision of the world we are building together.
This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage
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Innosanto Nagara was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, and moved to the U.S. in 1988 to study zoology at UC Davis. But instead of becoming a zoologist, he became an activist and a graphic designer. He also writes and illustrates social justice-themed children’s books.
Kavita Rajanna is a parent and community activist.
A new book by the author of A is for Activist is a rhyming, boldly illustrated vision of a better world.
When you go to a march
And raise your sign high
You'll make people smile
who thought you were shy
And you'll make people wonder, does that kid really know why?
You DO know of course
One of NPR's Top 100 Book for Young Readers
“Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds—full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.”—Occupy Wall Street
Counting on Community is Innosanto Nagara's follow-up to his hit ABC book, A is for Activist. Counting up from one stuffed piñata to ten hefty hens--and always counting on each other--children are encouraged to recognize the value of their community, the joys inherent in healthy eco-friendly activities, and the agency they posses to make change.
Here is the story of a child born at the dawn of a social movement.
At first the protests were in small villages and at universities. But then they spread. People drew sustenance from other social movements in other countries. And then the unthinkable happened.
The Wedding Portrait is an essential book for kids about standing up for what's right. Here are stories of direct action from around the world that are bookended by the author's wedding story. He and his bride led their wedding party to a protest, and were captured in a photo by the local newspaper kissing in front of a line of police just before being arrested.
7-year-old Innosanto spends an exciting night with his mom sleeping under the stars in the Jakarta Planetarium. Innosanto's father is a playwright and the boy memorizes lines during the actors' rehearsals, so they invite him to join the performance, which tours the country.