A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for his Nation


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. Purchase options at bottom of page.

It’s written by Lindsey McDivitt and beautifully illustrated by award winning artist/illustrator Charly Palmer (Read an interview of the artist here.)

Artist Charly Palmer

We were honored by starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews 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

***Take a quick peek at this one minute book trailer video.


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.

Educator resources 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 extensive back matter including author & illustrator notes, timelines, historical information on apartheid, South Africa and Mandela. 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.)

***Check out the International Blog Tour for A Plan for the People! (March-June 2021). Stops listed below the image with links to the reviews…




USA: Featured by author Meeg Pincus at “Solutionaries Blog” in March.

IRELAND: Review by Ciara O’Hara at “Picture Book & Paperback Snob” April 1. Ciara includes a link to a fascinating account of Irish supermarket workers striking in support of Black South Africans for 3 years in the 80’s, and Mandela’s gratitude.

NEW ZEALAND: Review by Diane Tulloch at “Perfect Picture Book Friday” June.

CANADA: Review & author interview by Cynthia Mackey at “Kidlit Village” May 3rd.

USA: Nancy Bo Flood; also at “The Pirate Tree” social justice blog. April.

ITALY: Cristina Crostini interviews author Lindsey McDivitt.

SOUTH AFRICA: by Svenja at “Colours of Us.”



A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for his Nation–a few purchase options–please click on the links: Bookshop.org (benefitting independent bookstores, Barnes&Noble, Amazon, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers