Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A.

ISBN: 1417696664
ISBN 13: 9781417696666
By: Diana Cohn Francisco Delgado

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About this book

This Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book is now available in paperback. "Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!" is a bilingual fictional story set against the backdrop of the successful janitors' strike in Los Angeles in 2000. It tells about Carlitos, whose mother is a janitor. She and the other janitors have decided to go on strike. How will Carlitos support his mother? He and the other children in his class join the marchers with a very special sign for his mom! "Si, Se Puede!" is also a Skipping Stones Honor Book, as well as a selection for The Best of Beyond Difference, a recommended list of the top 10 diversity books published in 2002.Diana Cohn is an author and social activist. She lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, California.

Reader's Thoughts


This book addresses very important social issues and demonstrates that children can also be involved in them. I recommend this book to every children of every age, and I recommend having a discussion about words that appear in the story but the children might not have heard, like strike, union, etc. I think it is very important that the story is bilingual so it can be more accessible to Spanish speakers all over this country, and hopefully it reaches other countries.


A dual-language book. This can be used to talk about jobs and difficult situations in families

N_maryellen Rosenblum

I loved the story and its simplicity. I also loved the fact that it was written in both English and Spanish.


Elementary. I really wish I had this book during the strike. Even middle school students trouble with the idea of social struggle. I would put this book aside for large "social issue" marches such as the immigration marches of several years ago.


Historical fiction picture books about people going on strike.

Annie Suliga

!Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can! tells a story through the perspective of a young boy who's mom works as a janitor who has to go on strike in order to make enough money to support their family. I would use this book as a read-aloud to highlight that poverty exists all over the country not just in New York and that there are ways in which to rise above or fight against poverty

Helen Kumpel

This book talks about the current problems facing low wage jobs from immigrants workers and how one child wanted to make things better for his mother. The book was inspired by the actions of Cesar Chavez and his struggles for better pay and conditions for farm workers.

Becca Holcomb

In this story a little boy watches his mom go through a diffifcult time with her job as a janitor. The boy's mom leads her co-workers in a strike and want a raise. This is a book that could be used in social studies to explain how workers will go on strike against their jobs or government at times to stress a point or make a demand.

Sarah Benson

This book would be a excellent introduction to issues of protest and social justice for children. It could also be used to introduce the struggles and triumphs of Cesar Chavez as it puts his ideas into a modern context and shows that we are still working for justice and recognition for many. I love the support the characters show for one another and that the story is written in both English and Spanish.


recommended by Sojourners' article


I try not to cry when I read this book, but it's difficult.

Alexis Collins

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story about a boy who learned from his surroundings to stand up for what he believes in. It was inspirational to how a young mind can be influenced to do the right thing, regardless of the outcome.

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