In The Visual Cultures of Childhood, Wells (human geography, Univ. of London, UK) uses photography, film, and digital media to examine the image of children in visual culture. Wells writes that the “power of the image of the child to arrest the spectator ... has given the representation of children a central place in the history of visual culture for social reform” (p. 1). Emphasizing US primary sources, Wells examines children and youth in social-reform documentary film, international nongovernmental organization campaign and sponsorship films, coming-of-age films by African American directors, LGBTQ films that are LGB written and/or directed, and coming-of-age working-class youth films in the Western genre. . . Wells also examines YouTube content produced by micro-celebrity LGBT+ activists and the visual culture of the Black Lives Matter, March for Our Lives, and South Dakota Pipeline movements. The book includes a table of budgets and box office receipts for select African American coming-of-age films. . . Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.