Labor Day

Oranges

By Jack Rogow

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To you, it's just an orange, juicy and sweet, but it's made a long journey and gone through many hands before coming to your table. Meet all the kinds of people who work to get that fruit to you. Beautiful pictures make this one good for story time, whether the theme is food, plants, or different cultures.
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Mother Jones: One Woman's Fight for Labor

By Betsy Harvey Kraft

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She looked like everybody's grandma, and she became the force behind the changes in American labor laws by standing up to rich businessmen and government officials.
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Labor Day

By Mari C. Schuh

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This short book gives a history of the holiday that honors American workers.
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Kids on Strike

By Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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In the old days, poor children were much more likely to work long hours at hard jobs in scary and dangerous places than go to school and have a chance at a better life. But, sometimes the kids fought back, refusing to work until they got paid more and were treated better. These brave young workers were an important part of the Labor Movement in the United States.

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Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor

By Russell Freedman

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Lewis Hine, an investigative reporter for the National Child Labor Committee, took photographs that provided dramatic visual evidence that the U.S. needed laws against child labor. Kids At Work features Hines' groundbreaking photos, along with text by Newbery Honor Winner Russell Freedman.
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Jobs For Kids: The Guide to Having Fun and Making Money

By Carol Barkin

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A practical guide to making money and having fun doing it-- for kids!

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Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

By Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuri Morales

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Beautiful paintings help to tell the story of Cesar Chavez, who grew up to lead a peaceful protest against California migrant workers' hard working conditions.

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Harvest

By George Ancona

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Meet campesinos, migrant farm laborers who've come to America in search of a better life for their children.
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Growing Up in Coal Country

By Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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There were lots of jobs for young boys to do in the dark and dirty coal mines of Pennsylvania, from "breaker boys" to "nippers" and "spraggers." These early photos let you look into the eyes of kids who saw too much too early as they struggled to help feed their families.
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Going Home

By Eve Bunting

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A Mexican father and mother love their children and want them to have all the opportunities they can so they travel a long way to work in the fields of California. But when it's Christmas, it's time to go home to Mexico and gather all the family together again for a special celebration.

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