BOOK DRIVE for Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

Purchase a copy (or copies) of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up for a library in need!

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Welcome to our Fred Korematsu Speaks Up book drive for libraries! Please view our list of nominated libraries to find a library near your home or on the other side of the world. Then, purchase a copy of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, and we will send that copy to the library of your choice!

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About the Book

Fred Korematsu liked listening to music on the radio, playing tennis, and hanging around with his friends—just like lots of other Americans. But everything changed when the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to leave their homes on the West Coast and move to distant prison camps. This included Fred, whose parents had immigrated to the United States from Japan many years before. But Fred refused to go. He knew that what the government was doing was unfair. And when he got put in jail for resisting, he knew he couldn’t give up.

Inspired by the award-winning book for adults Wherever There’s a Fight, the Fighting for Justice series introduces young readers to real-life heroes and heroines of social progress. The story of Fred Korematsu’s fight against discrimination explores the life of one courageous person who made the United States a fairer place for all Americans, and it encourages all of us to speak up for justice.

Advance Praise

“Atkins and Yogi raise good questions…that will inspire a new generation of activists. This first book in the Fighting for Justice series is a must-read for all civics classrooms.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


“Now’s the perfect moment for a civil rights refresher, which makes Fred Korematsu Speaks Up...right on time. Korematsu, an Oakland-born Japanese American who resisted internment during WWII, is given powerful treatment by authors Laura Atkins...and Stan Yogi and compelling images by Oakland illustrator Yutaka Houlette. Read it with a young revolutionary by your side.”—Linda Lenhoff, San Francisco Magazine


“Brilliant.”—Elizabeth Partridge, award-winning author of Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary


“A powerful, nuanced book about a man who has had a profound impact on American civil liberties.”—Patricia Wakida, coeditor of Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience


Fred Korematsu Speaks Up has it all: a compelling storyline with an appealing hero, thorough and accurate background information that places his story in different contexts both historical and contemporary, and an inviting design that uses many visuals even those familiar with the story will not have seen. Easily one of the best nonfiction children’s books on any aspect of Asian American history.”—Brian Niiya, content editor for Densho


“This is a book for all the young people who deserve to feel the joy and power of making a difference in this world—and for the educators, parents, and grandparents who love them. How wonderful to see that no one is alone!”—Jane Kurtz, cofounder of Ethiopia Reads


“The authors and illustrator have given a gift to the world with their telling of this story, one which instead of needing to be ‘required reading’ will simply be devoured by young and old alike.”—Craig Wiesner, cofounder of Reach and Teach

About the Authors

Laura Atkins

Laura Atkins is an author, teacher, and independent children’s book editor with over twenty years of editorial experience. She worked at Children’s Book Press, Orchard Books, and Lee and Low Books, helping to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. She taught creative writing at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) in London, where she also received her M.A. in children’s literature, and she completed her M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. In addition to cowriting Fred Korematsu Speaks UpLaura is the author of the lighthearted picture book Sled Dog Dachshund (Minted Prose Press). Passionate about diversity and equity in children’s books, Laura is based in Berkeley, California, where she lives with her daughter. Find out more at

Stan Yogi

Stan Yogi is the coauthor, with Elaine Elinson, of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. He managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California for fourteen years and is the coeditor of two books, Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, MELUS, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and several anthologies. He is married to nonprofit administrator David Carroll and lives in Los Angeles.

Photo by Michael Woolsey