TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour

The TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour is your opportunity to learn from and build personal connections with extraordinary book creators and their brand-new titles. Included in all Virtual Book Tour posts are original interviews with authors and illustrators, lesson plans, an activity designed for young people, and much more!

Welcome Marke Bieschke

Marke Bieschke on Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States

In this post, we feature Marke Bieschke, the co-author of Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens, updated in 2019 in a comprehensive, current edition. You can hear him speak about the inspiration for his new title, Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States, and try his fun “invitation to imagine” activity. You’ll also find other resources to explore. Thanks for joining us, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Author Marke Bieschke and the cover of his book Into the Streets: A Young Person's Visual History of Protest in the United States.

Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States

  • Written by Marke Bieschke
  • Published by Zest Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Books
  • Release date: July 7, 2020

What does it mean to resist? Throughout our nation’s history, discrimination and unjust treatment have prompted people to make their outrage known. Some protests involve large groups of people, marching and holding signs with powerful slogans. Others start with quotes or hashtags on social media that go viral and spur changes in behavior. Marke Bieschke takes readers on a visual tour of resistance throughout American history, showcasing the creativity of the activists on all sides of the political spectrum. Throughout, he highlights how teens are frequently the leaders in the art of resistance.

Introduction: A Rich Pageant of Protest and Resistance

March 5, 1968 started as a normal Tuesday at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, California. Teachers were wrapping up classes for lunch. . . . Suddenly footsteps rang in the halls. Fists pounded on classroom doors.

Read a longer excerpt from Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States, by Marke Bieschke.

Explore Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States

Listen to Marke Bieschke talking with TeachingBooks about creating Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States. You can click the player below or experience the recording on TeachingBooks, where you can read along as you listen, and also translate the text to another language.


Invitation to Imagine

TeachingBooks asks each author or illustrator on our Virtual Book Tour to share a writing prompt, a drawing exercise, or just an interesting question to spark curiosity and creativity. Enjoy the following activity contributed by Marke Bieschke.

Imagination Activity with Marke Bieschke

Make a protest sign! Protest signs are a way to express yourself and tell the world what you care about. They can show support or concern for an important issue that you’ve read about, seen online, or personally experienced.

The important thing is to keep your sign short and direct, so that people can quickly read and understand your message. Think about something that makes you happy, or upset, or hopeful, or worried. Now think of how you can say what you are feeling in five or six words. Write those words in large letters on a square piece of posterboard or thick paper. You can make the words colorful and eye-catching, but make sure people can read them from a short distance away. Then attach the posterboard to a ruler (or a paper towel tube or a wooden dowling) with tape or glue, so you can hold it high and wave it around for everyone to see! 


Finish This Sentence . . . with Marke Bieschke

As part of our Virtual Book Tour, TeachingBooks asks authors and illustrators to complete short sentence prompts. Enjoy Marke Bieschke’s response.

“I hope that my book encourages teens to think about . . .”

I hope that my book may encourage teens to think about how they have a powerful voice that can help change the world! So many important things can be done when we raise our voices together. Many protests throughout history have been started by young people brave enough to stand up for what they believe in.


Thank you!

To wrap up this Virtual Book Tour, we thank Marke Bieschke for signing a book for all of us!


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Text and images are courtesy of Marke Bieschke and Lerner Publishing Group and may not be used without expressed written consent.

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