A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for his Nation from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (March 2021) is available wherever books are sold. It’s written by Lindsey McDivitt and beautifully illustrated by award winning artist/illustrator Charly Palmer (Read an interview of the artist here.)
We’re honored by starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal:
“Beautiful, informative, essential.” Kirkus Reviews
“Palmer’s powerful paintings complement this inspiring story of sacrifice and loss, devotion and learning, patience and hard work…Mandela’s journey makes for a powerful reminder of the ability to change.” School Library Journal
School Library Journal included A Plan for the People on their “Best Nonfiction 2021” list!
***Full book description and Educator Resources at bottom of page. Take a quick peek at this one minute book trailer video.
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS:
Consider gifts that give twice. Your purchase of A Plan for the People will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation (10% of the author’s royalties donated). Pair your book purchase with gifts that support South African artisans & their families, UNICEF, African wildlife or students in Khayelitsha township, South Africa.
BOOK PURCHASE OPTIONS:
SUGGESTED GIFTS TO PAIR WITH A PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE. See below for purchase links. (*Please note: products mentioned below are not affiliated with the author, illustrator or publisher of A Plan for the People.)
When Water Makes Mud: A Story of Refugee Children by Janie Reinart (Blue Whale Publishing. Profits to UNICEF)
Thumbprint Artifacts: Making a difference through handcrafted gifts made by South African artisans. Fairtrade Federation member. Working toward being a carbon neutral company.
Your symbolic adoption will help protect wild animals & the places they call home. Donate & receive an adorable plush animal.
African Wildlife tub of stuffies from the World Wildlife Fund:
Donate to support world wide conservation efforts & select a gift item.
One current project benefits students in Khayelitsha township, South Africa.
DESCRIPTION of A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for His Nation
This stirring picture book biography explores Nelson Mandela’s long fight for equality in apartheid-era South Africa as a rallying force against injustice. His courage and determination propelled him through 27 years in prison and decades of struggle. Despite South Africa’s oppression of its non-white citizens, Mandela had hope—hope for a nation that belonged to everyone who lived in it.
Use for teaching young people about President Nelson Mandela, apartheid, social justice and social activism.
- A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for his Nation has ten pages of back matter including author & illustrator notes, timelines and historical information on apartheid, South Africa and Mandela. The recommended resources include books, websites and videos.
- The CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL created a list of social activism activities to use with books on the CBC list of Superpower Books! (We’re so honored that A Plan for the People is on the list.)