A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for His Nation by Lindsey McDivitt. Illustrated by Charly Palmer

In this riveting biography of Nelson Mandela, author Lindsey McDivitt and illustrator Charly Palmer join creative forces to poignantly bring to life for children ages 7 and older the history of Nelson Mandela. He helped dismantle South Africa’s system of apartheid and proclaimed, “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of the democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.”  

The inspiring, educational narrative and warm, bold artwork of A Plan for the People depict the vast scope of Nelson Mandela’s life—his childhood roaming the African grasslands; studying at the University of Fort Hare (the only college for Black people in the nation governed by white people); working as a lawyer defending Black clients against injustice; leading the African National Congress; suffering imprisonment on Robben Island; being released after 27 years in prison; and serving as the first Black president of South Africa. Teachers, parents, and caregivers of children will find in this book a worthwhile, valuable resource to explore the life of a man whom God used to bring about justice in a remarkable way and to talk about how God created and loves all people, regardless of their race or ethnicity. (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

About the Author

Sonya VanderVeen Feddema is a freelance writer and a member of Covenant CRC in St. Catharines, Ontario.