“This book is sure to be a welcome and useful addition to any home library or school, where it can educate, and tell children about a moment in history that went on to change the world.”


Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution! is a children’s book which tells the story of transgender icons Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. With stunning illustrations from Teshika Silver, the storybook educates young readers about the lives of two of history’s key figures, fighting for LGBTQIA+ rights; from their work feeding and housing the poor, founding STAR, their parts in the Stonewall Revolutions and of course, their campaigning for trans rights.

What’s more, alongside the story itself, the book offers more information and activities in the back of the book. The information section covers a brief biography of Marsha and Sylvia and also touches on other key figures in the Stonewall Revolution including; Stormé DeLaverie and Miss Major-Griffin. It also covers facts about what LGBTQIA+ rights were during Sylvia and Marsha’s life and how Trans people were targeted in a way that children can understand. There is also information of different gender identities including; trans women, trans men, intersex, non-binary, gender-fluid and Agender.

In the activities section of the book, there are suggestions of fun things to do such as making protest signs. Plus, there is a great list of questions which parents, caregivers and teachers can use to discuss some of the topics raised in the book and talk about the child’s own identity, empowering them to understand that they can be whatever they want to be.

Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution! by Joy Michael Ellison & Teshika Silver is a brilliant children’s book for teaching the newest generation about kindness, gender identities, LGBTQIA+ rights and the power of being yourself.


Reviewed by:

Catherine Muxworthy, Booksbirdblog

Added 12th February 2021

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