Happy Labor Day!
This past week, I read On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children's Rights (CitizenKid). This story was not included in my American history lessons in school; I wish it had been! Narrated by a fictional eight-year-old mill worker in 1903, it is the story of real-life activist Mary Harris Jones and her fight for the enactment of child labor laws. "Mother" Jones organized a march from Kensington, Pennsylvania to Oyster Bay, New York to confront President Theodore Roosevelt and personalize the plight of children forced to work due to poverty, often in dangerous situations.
Written by Monica Kulling and illustrated by Felicita Sala, this picture book is perfect to share with upper elementary through high school--and especially timely for today's Labor Day holiday. Mother Jones was an activist for many labor-related issues; for more information, visit the following links:
National Women's History Museum: https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/mary-harris-mother-jones/
I hope you are taking a break from work today; spend some time reading!