Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson



It’s eerie to think that Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson was published two months before the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. The stories are the same; courageous children taking monumental risks to draw attention to atrocities.

This powerful story, illustrated with remarkable images, will inspire readers to make a difference. The Afterword provides ideas to encourage children to volunteer and learn more about important topics.

Illustrator Frank Morrison is extremely talented at illuminating the feelings of each character in the story. We clearly see worry, pain, fear, satisfaction, courage and pride in the facial expressions of the characters.

The back matter includes images of children being arrested and sprayed by a powerful hose.

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Response to Literature

AASL Standards Framework for Learners: Collaborate/Share III.C.2 Learners work productively with others to solve problems by involving diverse perspectives in their own inquiry processes.

  • Show this example of a young girl by the name of Molly Steer who is making a difference with her Straw No More campaign. Ask the following questions after watching the video:
    • “What is the problem Molly is fixing?”
    • “How did she discover it was a problem?”
    • “What does she need to solve the problem?”
    • “What are the constraints?”
  • Visit the Youth Service America website to inspire learners.
  • Ask learners to brainstorm problems they see in their school, community, country and world. Allow the class to choose a problem to solve. They can collaborate as a whole class or in small groups to develop solutions and create plans.

If you like these lesson ideas, please check out our book Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades. You’ll find ready-to-go lessons with worksheets, rubrics and assessments to use with compelling picture books.


March for Our Lives (https://marchforourlives.com/home/)

Straw No More | Molly Steer | TEDxJCUCairns. (https://youtu.be/Rr5Py1r9xjw)

Youth Service America. (https://leadasap.ysa.org/ideas/)

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