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Deborah Felton, who works with the 6th grade Language Arts class at Warren Middle School, Warren, New Jersey, USA writes: "I have compiled a list of books on the subject of child labor. Our students will be reading them throughout the year. We invite other schools who have access to the books to read them as well and post your thoughts in the forum. Hopefully we can engage in a meaningful dialog."



Free the Children by Craig Kielburger
Stolen Dreams by David Parker
Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders Against Child Labor by Susan Kuklin (has notes and list of resources to learn more)
Kids at Work by Lewis Hine
Listen to Us, The World's Working Children by Jane Springer
Earth Angels by Henry Cisneros, Nancy Buirski, and Ruben Blades
Growing Up in Coal Country by Susan Bartoletti
Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley
Kids on Strike by Susan Bartoletti
Good Girl Work by Catherine Gourley
Child Labor in America by Lewis Hine
Child Labor by Kathlyn Gay


The Chimney Sweep's Ransom by John Wesley
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Gate in the Wall by Ellen Howard

Additional Resources:

Child Slavery in Modern Times by Shirlee Newman
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez
Making Waves by Barbara Williams
Slavery Today by Kaye Stearman
We Have Marched Together: The Working Children's Crusade by Stephen Currie
The Story of Child Labor Laws by R. Conrad Stein
Mill Child by Ruth Holland
Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
Child Labor: Then and Now by Laura Greene
Jip by Katherine Paterson

Please let me know if you have additional resources and please let me know if your class is interested in working together with our class. We can discuss shared readings or research and even work together on fundraising ideas. Tomorrow our class will be viewing a video about child labor and thereafter the students will be posting their thoughts and comments in the forum.

Take care,
Deborah Felton

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