Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez (2003) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales.
There is no doubt that Cesar Chavez is an inspiring man. This biography is great for kids because it focuses in on Chavez’s life as a child as well as his later successes as a union organizer. Yuyi Morales creates warm scenes in her artwork but also does not shy away from the struggles and violence the early campasinos faced.
Here’s where the story begins:
Until Cesar Chavez was ten, every summer night was like a fiesta. Relatives swarmed onto the ranch for barbecues with watermelon, lemonade, and fresh corn. Cesar and his brothers, sisters, and cousins settled down to sleep outside, under netting to keep mosquitoes out. But who could sleep—with uncles and aunts singing, spinning ghost stories, and telling magical tales of life back in Mexico?