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Nagara, Innosanto. A is for Activist (Triangle Square, 2013).

A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents’ values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books. The illustrations are also multi-layered. Your child will find something they can learn to recognize on each page. There are new things to discover over multiple readings. There are references for grownups to “get”, and maybe even be a conversation starter. Oh, and there’s always a cat.



Nagara, Innosanto. Counting on Community (Triangle Square, 2015).

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. A broad and inspiring vision of diversity is told through stories in words and pictures. And of course, there is a duck to find on every page!



The Toolbox for Education and Social Action. Building Strong Cooperatives: Co-op Developer Teaching Guide (2011).

Are you helping people launch new cooperatives or improve existing one? Then the "Building Strong Cooperatives" teaching guide is for you! Whether you want to introduce people to cooperatives and cooperation for the first time, or you’re looking to engage people in more in-depth subject matters, you can use this teaching guide to create engaging and fun learning experiences.



The Toolbox for Education and Social Action. Co-opoly: The Game of Co-operatives (2011).

In Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives, players start a cooperative (a democratic business or organization). In order to survive as individuals and to strive for the success of their co-op, players make tough choices regarding big and small challenges while putting their teamwork to the test. This is an exciting game of skill and solidarity, where everyone wins – or everybody loses. Will the Point Bank continue to dominate the players, or will they break free and take control by jump-starting the movement for a truly democratic economy in their community By playing Co-opoly, players discover the unique benefits and challenges of the cooperative world – as well as the skills needed to participate in a co-op!Co-opoly is ethically produced - it is printed primarily by other worker co-ops, entirely in the USA, and on recycled and sustainable materials.



The Toolbox for Education and Social Action. Exploring Cooperatives and Cooperation with Youth (2011).

Whether you’re teaching in a classroom, running an afterschool program, participating in a camp, or working alongside youth in any other way, we’ve designed this "Exploring Cooperatives & Cooperation with Youth" teaching guide especially for you. This teaching guide is fully digital and will be delivered to you via e-mail. Parts of it are meant to be used alongside of Co-opoy: The Game of Cooperatives, though other parts can also be used independently of the game. This teaching guide has hours of bonus co-op education materials and is designed to be fun, interactive, and thought-provoking.



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