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Daddy, There's a Noise Outside - Kenneth Braswell; Julie Anderson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780692541296
Publication Date: 2015-12-15
An engaging story begins when two children are awakened in the middle of the night outside the window of their inner-city neighborhood. Both their Dad and Mom spend the next morning explaining to them what was taking place in the community.

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Let's Talk about Race - Julius Lester; Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0064462269
Publication Date: 2008-12-23
The author introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individuals or nations "story"

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Sit-In - Andrea Davis Pinkney; Brian Pinkney (Artist)
ISBN: 0316070165
Publication Date: 2010-02-03
Grade 3–6—Through effectively chosen words, Andrea Pinkney brings understanding and meaning to what four black college students accomplished on February 1, 1960, by sitting down at a Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. Her repeated phrase, "Their order was simple. A doughnut and coffee with cream on the side," along with other food metaphors, effectively emphasizes the men's determination to undo the injustices of segregation in a peaceful protest, which eventually led up to the 1966 Supreme Court ruling against racial discrimination. With swirling swabs of color that masterfully intertwine with sometimes thin, sometimes thick lines, Brian Pinkney cleverly centers the action and brings immediacy to the pages. Both the words and the art offer many opportunities for discussion. The book concludes with a civil rights time line and an update on the aftermath of the lunch-counter struggle.

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Freedom on the Menu - Carole Boston Weatherford; Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0142408948
Publication Date: 2007-12-27
The 1960 civil rights sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, are seen through the eyes of a young Southern black girl

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A Sweet Smell of Roses - Angela Johnson; Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689832524
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
Kindergarten-Grade 3–This quiet, gentle story pays tribute to the many unnamed children who participated in the African-American struggle for civil rights. It opens: "After a night of soft rain there is a sweet smell of roses as my sister, Minnie, and I slip past Mama's door and out of the house down Charlotte Street." They head toward the curb market where folks, mostly adults, are gathering to listen to and march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Large, powerful charcoal images dominate the pages with particular attention paid to facial expressions. The artist shows the strength and resolve of the marchers in the face of "people who scream, shout, and say, 'You are not right. Equality can't be yours.'" Once the speeches are over, the sisters race home and are met at the door by their worried mother, "And as we tell her about the march, the curtains flow apart, and there is a sweet smell of roses all through our house." The only color that appears in this book is the deep red of the ribbon around the neck of Minnie's teddy bear, the U.S. flag, and the roses. Without going into much detail, this book nonetheless drives home the fact that children were involved in the movement and makes the experience more real for those just learning about this chapter of American history

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March On! - Christine King Farris; London Ladd (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545035378
Publication Date: 2008-08-01
Grade 1–4—How did the civil rights activist prepare what would become his most famous address? What was it like to be part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963? Dr. King's sister answers these questions, providing background about the organization of the march, a look at key events of the day, and insight into how King crafted the speech. Although he is depicted as older and more serious than the mischievous little boy portrayed in My Brother Martin (S & S, 2003), Farris's unique perspective on her subject continues to be compelling. She concentrates on the march and the effects of the speech. Some phrases in the text are printed in a larger font and in color, emphasizing important aspects and establishing an appealing rhythm for reading aloud. Ladd's acrylic paintings are an excellent accompaniment to the text. His use of color and varying perspectives creates a great deal of visual energy, extending the excitement of the event. An informative addition.

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The Sneetches and Other Stories - Dr. Seuss (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0394800893
Publication Date: 1961-08-12
The Sneetches can be used with young students to introduce ideas of racism, assimilation, and capitalism can pit people against other people

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Abby Takes a Stand - Gordon C. James (Illustrator); Patricia C. McKissack
ISBN: 0670060119
Publication Date: 2005-07-21
Gee recalls for her grandchildren what happened in 1960 in Nashville, Tennessee, when she, aged ten, passed out flyers while her cousin and other adults held sit-ins at restaurants and lunch counters to protest segregation

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Heart and Soul - Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061730740
Publication Date: 2011-09-27
An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama

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Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 0399252517
Publication Date: 2014-08-28
“A memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author’s childhood right along with her. . . . Most notably of all, perhaps, we trace her development as a nascent writer, from her early, overarching love of stories through her struggles to learn to read through the thrill of her first blank composition book to her realization that ‘words are [her] brilliance.’ The poetry here sings: specific, lyrical, and full of imagery. An extraordinary—indeed brilliant—portrait of a writer as a young girl.”
Ages 9 and up

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis
ISBN: 0385321759
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963
Ages 9 and up

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A Dream of Freedom - Diane McWhorter
ISBN: 9780439576789
Publication Date: 2004-10-01
In the history of the modern Civil Rights movement, the author focuses on the monumental events that occurred between 1954 (the year of Brown v. the Board of Education) and 1968 (the year that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated
Ages 9 and up

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The Civil Rights Movement for Kids - Mary C. Turck; Mary Turck
ISBN: 9781556523700
Publication Date: 2000-06-01
Grade 4-8-A comprehensive history and guide to one of the defining movements of the 20th century. Beginning with the early days of segregation and ending with civil rights today, readers discover not only the work and speeches of the notable leaders, but also how children participated in the struggle. A balanced discussion notes tactical differences between the different groups and their actions. The text is tightly written with a strong voice that rings out in its recounting of past injustices. The ultimate message is that while the movement witnessed extraordinary accomplishments in the past 50 years, new challenges await young people of the new century; knowledge of the past is the foundation of future action. Activities include reenacting a lunch-counter sit-in, organizing a workshop on nonviolence, and holding a freedom film festival. The entire Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are appended. Black-and-white photos from newspapers, magazines, and the National Archives and a few drawings enhance the text. Although independent students will find a wealth of information here, this enormous effort begs for sensitive, knowledgeable adults to use it as a tool in guiding young people in the study of human rights for all.

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The Story of Ruby Bridges - Robert Coles; George Ford (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0590439677
Publication Date: 1995-02-01
For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960

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Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan - Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481422949
Publication Date: 2014-11-04
Two stories of bravery in one beautiful book! Meet two brave young heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the right to freedom and education in this inspirational nonfiction picture book from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. One country: Pakistan. Two children: Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafzai. Each was unafraid to speak out. He, against inhumane child slavery in the carpet trade. She, for the right of girls to attend school. Both were shot by those who disagreed with them--he in 1995, she in 2012. Iqbal was killed instantly; Malala miraculously survived and continues to speak out around the world. The stories of these two courageous children whose bravery transcended their youth are an inspiration to all"--

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A Is for Activist - Innosanto Nagara
ISBN: 9781609805395
Publication Date: 2013-11-19
Gr 4 Up—Not your typical alphabet board book, this one packs a powerful message both visually as well as verbally. Each spread presents a letter and a bit of social commentary urging children to take a stand against war and violence, develop an awareness of our environment, and promote acceptance and equality for all cultures, races, religions, genders, and walks of life. For example, "A is for Activist./Advocate. Abolitionist. Ally./Actively Answering A call to Action." "Y is for You. And Youth./Your planet. Your rights/Your future. Your truth./Y is for Yes. Yes! Yes! Yes!" Despite the format, this introduction to social justice is best suited to older children, who will need plenty of explanation and discussion to help them understand issues such as feminism or workers' rights. Nagara relies upon colorful illustrations—many representing the energy behind activism with arms and fists raised—lots of alliteration, and rhyming for each letter and idea. An ever-present black cat hiding or prowling on each letter's page seeks to hold listeners' interest as well. An unusual offering that may plant the seeds for and spark discussions about activism

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Brave Girl - Michelle Markel; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061804427
Publication Date: 2013-01-22
K-Gr 3-This picture-book biography of Clara Lemlich, a spitfire who fought hard for better working conditions, is an engaging, informative introduction to her activism as well as to the deplorable state of the U.S. garment industry in the early 1900s. Ukrainian-born Lemlich came to the United States with her parents to escape the Kishinev pogrom of 1903, only to be thrust into another appalling nightmare: the American shirtwaist factories. She began on a small scale to encourage her coworkers to strike, but at a union meeting, when even men wouldn't call for a walkout, she rose and shouted to the large gathering that the time for a strike was now, inspiring tens of thousands of women to leave their stations in the factories. Markel's style is clean and clear, making Lemlich's story accessible to a young audience. Readers are treated to solid information with a buoyant message about standing up for what is right. Sweet has created an outstanding backdrop for Markel's text with a vibrant collage of watercolor, gouache, blank dress-pattern paper, bookkeeping pages, stitches, and fabric pieces.

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Click, Clack, Moo - Doreen Cronin; Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689832133
Publication Date: 2000-02-01
When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want

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The Butter Battle Book - Dr. Seuss (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780394865805
Publication Date: 1984-01-12
The Butter Battle Book, Dr. Seuss's classic cautionary tale, introduces readers to the important lesson of respecting differences. The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but animosity brews between the two groups because they prefer to enjoy the tasty treat differently. The timeless and topical rhyming text is an ideal way to teach young children about the issues of tolerance and respect

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Wangari's Trees of Peace - Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152065454
Publication Date: 2008-09-21
This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman's passion, vision, and determination inspired great change

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Nelson Mandela - Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061783760
Publication Date: 2013-01-02
Presents a biography of the former South African president best known for his political activism and fight to end apartheid.

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Harvesting Hope - Kathleen Krull; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152014373
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers' miserable working conditions.

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Marching with Aunt Susan - Claire Rudolf Murphy; Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781561455935
Publication Date: 2011-12-01
Not allowed to go hiking with her father and brothers because she is a girl, Bessie learns about women's rights when she attends a suffrage rally led by Susan B. Anthony.

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Mr. Lincoln's Way - Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399237542
Publication Date: 2001-08-27
When Mr. Lincoln, "the coolest principal in the whole world," discovers that Eugene, the school bully, knows a lot about birds, he uses this interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance

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Neela - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
ISBN: 1584855975
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
In 1939, twelve-year-old Neela meets a young freedom fighter at her sister's wedding and soon after must rely on his help when her father fails to return home from a march in Calcutta against British occupation.

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The Bus Ride - William Miller; John Ward (Illustrator); Rosa Parks (Introduction by)
ISBN: 1880000601
Publication Date: 1998-07-01
A black child protests an unjust law in this story loosely based on Rosa Parks' historic decision not to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955

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Coretta Scott - Ntozake Shange; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061253645
Publication Date: 2009-01-06
Examines the life of Martin Luther King's wife, Coretta, who in her own right, was a civil rights pioneer who experienced the injustices of the segregated South and who continued her husband's mission after his assassination.

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Smoky Night - Eve Bunting; David Diaz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152699546
Publication Date: 1994-03-31
When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality

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Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protest - Anna Branford; Elanna Allen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442494596
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
Violet and Rose organize a protest to save the big oak tree in Clover Park.

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Kailey - Amy Goldman Koss; Philip Howe (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781584855910
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
Gr. 3-6. The story featuring the latest limited-edition American Girl doll character is a pleasant surprise. In Koss’ capable hands, the potentially trite, Pollyanna story of a plucky, 10-year-old California boogie-boarder who takes on wealthy developers not only is believable and readable but also offers good character development, lots of conflict, excellent description, and a realistic conclusion. Although Kailey often hears her parents discussing development in their beachside town, their comments don’t mean much until a sign announcing a new mall and theater complex appears on her favorite beach. With the tide pools in danger, Kailey organizes a protest, mobilizing her friends (who are actually pleased about the development), her parents (though her artist father may lose a substantial commission), local business people, and families. Koss’ thoughtful presentation to the developer results in a satisfying compromise, proving that even 10-year-olds can make a difference. The commercial complex will be built, of course, but Kailey’s beach and tide pools will be preserved. A list of Web resources and an account of a real-life young naturalist are appended.

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Callie's Rules - Naomi Zucker
ISBN: 9781606840276
Publication Date: 2009-08-25
Eleven-year-old Callie Jones tries to keep track of all the rules for fitting in that other middle schoolers seem to know, but when the town decides to replace Halloween with an Autumn Festival, Callie leads her large family in an unusual protest.

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How to Organize a Rally - Leslie Harper
ISBN: 9781477766934
Publication Date: 2014-07-15
Looks at some of history's major rallies and demonstrations before discussing the steps required to organize a rally.

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The Berenstain Bears and the Dress Code - Stan Berenstain; Jan Berenstain
ISBN: 9780679866657
Publication Date: 1994-11-22
Even though they are not into rad fashions, Brother Bear and Sister bear join the other cubs' protest when Mr. Grizzmeyer enforces a strict dress code at Bear Country School.

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Golden Stranger - Karen Wood
ISBN: 9781742378589
Publication Date: 2014-11-01
When Shara and her friends decide to protest against a wild horse race, it sounds fun, even heroic, but they don't plan on the heartbreak that follows. The police are on her doorstep, her friend Corey is in hospital and her beloved horses have been taken from her. Shara will need the whole town on her side before she can put things right.

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Ellington Was Not a Street - Ntozake Shange; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689828843
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
n a reflective tribute to the African-American community of old, noted poet Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood home and the close-knit group of innovators that often gathered there. These men of vision, brought to life in the majestic paintings of artist Kadir Nelson, lived at a time when the color of their skin dictated where they could live, what schools they could attend, and even where they could sit on a bus or in a movie theater.
Yet in the face of this tremendous adversity, these dedicated souls and others like them not only demonstrated the importance of Black culture in America, but also helped issue in a movement that "changed the world." Their lives and their works inspire us to this day, and serve as a guide to how we approach the challenges of tomorrow.

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That's Not Fair! - ¡No Es Justo! - Carmen Tafolla; Sharyll Teneyuca; Terry Ybáñez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780916727338
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
A vivid depiction of the early injustices encountered by a young Mexican-American girl in San Antonio in the 1920's, this book tells the true story of Emma Tenayuca. Emma learns to care deeply about poverty and hunger during a time when many Mexican Americans were starving to death and working unreasonably long hours at slave wages in the city's pecan-shelling factories. Through astute perception, caring, and personal action, Emma begins to get involved, and eventually, at the age of 21, leads 12,000 workers in the first significant historical action in the Mexican-American struggle for justice. Emma Tenayuca's story serves as a model for young and old alike about courage, compassion, and the role everyone can play in making the world more fai

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Lado a Lado - Monica Brown; Joe Cepeda (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061227813
Publication Date: 2010-08-31
This picture book pairs the dual stories of powerful activists César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. When Chávez was a child, his family lost their home and became migrant farmworkers, and Chávez had to drop out of school to work. As an adult, he continued to work in the fields. When Huerta was young, she moved to California, where her mother let poor farmworkers stay at her hotel for free, and when she grew up, she taught farmworkers’ children. Each double-page spread features text in both Spanish and English, with Huerta’s story on the left, and Chávez’s on the right-hand side. Cepeda’s bright mixed-media images convey the dramatic stories. One scene shows Chávez fleeing poisonous pesticides sprayed from an overhead plane, and in another, particularly striking spread, Chávez and Huerta come together to lead a 340-mile march to demand better living and working conditions for farmworkers. A long final note aimed at parents and teachers will also draw young readers, who can move from this introduction to longer biographies of the inspiring leaders.

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Separate Is Never Equal - Duncan Tonatiuh
ISBN: 9781419710544
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
When the Mendezes moved to Westminster, CA, in 1944, third-grader Sylvia tried to enter Westminster School. However, the family was repeatedly told, "'Your children have to go to the Mexican school.' 'But why?' asked Mr. Mendez……'That is how it is done.'" In response, they formed the Parents' Association of Mexican-American Children, distributed petitions, and eventually filed a successful lawsuit that was supported by organizations ranging from the Japanese American Citizens League to the American Jewish Congress. Younger children will be outraged by the injustice of the Mendez family story but pleased by its successful resolution. Older children will understand the importance of the 1947 ruling that desegregated California schools, paving the way for Brown v. Board of Education seven years later. Back matter includes a detailed author's note and photographs. The excellent bibliography cites primary sources, including court transcripts and the author's interview with Sylvia Mendez, who did attend Westminster School and grew up to earn the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Tonatiuh's illustrations tell a modern story with figures reminiscent of the pictorial writing of the Mixtec, an indigenous people from Mexico. Here, the author deliberately connects his heritage with the prejudices of mid-20th century America. One jarring illustration of three brown children barred from a pool filled with lighter-skinned children behind a sign that reads, "No Dogs or Mexicans Allowed," will remind readers of photographs from the Jim Crow South. Compare and contrast young Sylvia Mendez's experience with Robert Coles's The Story of Ruby Bridges

 

Civil Rights Books

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A Dream of Freedom - Diane McWhorter
ISBN: 0439576784
Publication Date: 2004-10-01
In the history of the modern Civil Rights movement, the author focuses on the monumental events that occurred between 1954 (the year of Brown v. the Board of Education) and 1968 (the year that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated

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Last Stop on Market Street - Matt De la Peña; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399257742
Publication Date: 2015-01-08
Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, and Coretta Scott King Honor Book!

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandmother ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town?
Each question is met with his grandmother's encouraging answer, and it helps him see the beauty--and fun--in their routine and the world around them.

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A Thousand Never Evers - Shana Burg
ISBN: 9780385734707
Publication Date: 2008-06-10
As the civil rights movement in the South gains momentum in 1963--and violence against African Americans intensifies--the black residents, including seventh-grader Addie Ann Pickett, in the small town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice

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Abby Takes a Stand - Gordon C. James (Illustrator); Patricia C. McKissack
ISBN: 0670060119
Publication Date: 2005-07-21
Gee recalls for her grandchildren what happened in 1960 in Nashville, Tennessee, when she, aged ten, passed out flyers while her cousin and other adults held sit-ins at restaurants and lunch counters to protest segregation

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Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 9780399252518
Publication Date: 2014-08-28
Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story. but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery."-The New York Times Book Review"--

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Claudette Colvin - Phillip Hoose
ISBN: 9780374313227
Publication Date: 2009-01-20
Presents an account of fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin, an African-American girl who refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, nine months before Rosa Parks, and covers her role in a crucial civil rights case

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Eleanor, Quiet No More - Doreen Rappaport; Gary Kelley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786851416
Publication Date: 2009-02-03
A biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, the most socially and politically active -- and controversial -- First Lady America had ever seen. Ambassador, activist, and champion of civil rights, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the soul of America forever. Includes selected quotes from Eleanor's own writings

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Ellington Was Not a Street - Ntozake Shange; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689828845
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
In this reflective poetic tribute, the author remembers growing up when many of the great figures in African-American history gathered in her family home to talk and share ideas and even sing.

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Freedom Riders - Ann Bausum
ISBN: 0792241738
Publication Date: 2005-12-27
Offers the true account of two young men who took the risk to venture into the segregated South at the peak of the Civil Rights era to take part as Freedom Riders and fight for equality for all.

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Martin and Mahalia - Andrea Davis Pinkney; Brian Pinkney (Artist)
ISBN: 9780316070133
Publication Date: 2013-07-30
Explores the intersecting lives of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson at the historic moment when their joined voices inspired landmark changes.

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Through My Eyes - Ruby Bridges
ISBN: 0590189239
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.

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Marching for Freedom - Elizabeth Partridge
ISBN: 9780670011896
Publication Date: 2009-10-15
This book recounts the three months of protest that took place before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s landmark march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to promote equal rights and help African-Americans earn the right to vote.

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We Were There, Too! - Phillip Hoose
ISBN: 0374382522
Publication Date: 2001-08-08
Biographies of dozens of young people who made a mark in American history, including explorers, planters, spies, cowpunchers, sweatshop workers, and civil rights workers.

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With the Might of Angels - Andrea Davis Pinkney
ISBN: 9780545297059
Publication Date: 2011-09-01
In 1955 Hadley, Virginia, twelve-year-old Dawnie Rae Johnson, a tomboy who excels at baseball and at her studies, becomes the first African American student to attend the all-white Prettyman Coburn school, turning her world upside down. Includes historical notes about the period.

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One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 9780060760885
Publication Date: 2010-01-26
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp

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P. S. Be Eleven - Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 9780061938641
Publication Date: 2015-01-27
Sequel to One Crazy Summer, the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home. After spending the summer in Oakland, Caifornia with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern Arrive home with new found streak of independence. Poignant, funny, and thought provoking novel...

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Gone Crazy in Alabama - Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 9780062215871
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
Newbery Honor winner for 2016! The Gaither sisters are about to learn what it's like to be fish out of waters as they travel from Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime.

 

More Children Books on Civil Rights

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The Other Side - Jacqueline Woodson; Earl Lewis (Illustrator); E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399231162
Publication Date: 2001-01-15
Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town

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We Are the Ship - Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786808328
Publication Date: 2008-01-08
Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson

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Teammates - Peter Golenbock; Paul Bacon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152006036
Publication Date: 1990-03-15
Describes the racial prejudice experienced by Jackie Robinson when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first black player in Major League baseball and depicts the acceptance and support he received from his white teammate Pee Wee Reese

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Freedom on the Menu - Carole Boston Weatherford; Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0803728603
Publication Date: 2004-12-29
The 1960 civil rights sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, are seen through the eyes of a young Southern black girl

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If a Bus Could Talk - Faith Ringgold (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689818920
Publication Date: 1999-11-01
A biography of the African American woman and civil rights worker whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus led to a boycott which lasted more than a year in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Let It Shine - Andrea Davis Pinkney; Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 015201005X
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
Sojourner Truth -- Biddy Mason -- Harriet Tubman -- Ida B. Wells-Barnett -- Mary McLeod Bethune -- Ella Josephine Baker -- Dorothy Irene Height -- Rosa Parks -- Fannie Lou Hamer -- Shirley Chisholm
Tells the stories of ten African-American women freedom fighters

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When Marian Sang - Pam Muñoz Ryan; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0439269679
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
A harmonious introduction to one of our country's most important singers, Marian Anderson, Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her voice, the strength of her character, the struggles of the times in which she lived, it is only part of her story.

Like the operatic arias Marian would come to sing, Ryan's text is as moving as a libretto, Selznick's pictures as exquisitely detailed elaborately designed as a stage set. What emerges most profoundly from their shared vision is a role model of courage.

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Remember - Toni Morrison
ISBN: 061839740X
Publication Date: 2004-05-03
Toni Morrison has collected a treasure chest of archival photographs that depict the historical events surrounding school desegregation. These unforgettable images serve as the inspiration for Ms. Morrison's text—a fictional account of the dialogue and emotions of the children who lived during the era of “separate but equal" schooling. Remember is a unique pictorial and narrative journey that introduces children to a watershed period in American history and its relevance to us today.

Remember will be published on the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ending legal school segregation, handed down on May 17, 1954.

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Dare to Dream - Angela Shelf Medearis; Anna Rich (Illustrator)
ISBN: 014130202X
Publication Date: 1999-01-01
From her childhood encounters with discrimination to her activism as an adult, Coretta Scott King dreamed of finding a place where people were treated equally. This compelling biography tells how she joined her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead protest marches and stand up to prejudice and violence.

"This biography shows her to be a courageous woman who can stand on her own merit, and not just as the wife of one of the world's most well-known men." -- School Library Journal

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Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells - Philip Dray; Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781561454174
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Biography of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, a journalist and teacher who wrote about and spoke against the injustices suffered by African-Americans

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Return to Sender - Julia Alvarez
ISBN: 9780375958380
Publication Date: 2009-01-13
After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders

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The Day Gogo Went to Vote - Elinor Batezat Sisulu; Sharon Wilson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316702676
Publication Date: 1996-04-01
Thembi and her beloved great-grandmother, who has not left the house for many years, go together to vote on the momentous day when black South Africans are allowed to vote for the first time

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White Socks Only - Evelyn Coleman; Tyrone Geter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0807589551
Publication Date: 1996-03-01
Grandma tells the story about her first trip alone into town during the days when segregation still existed in Mississippi

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The Bracelet - Yoshiko Uchida; Joanna Yardley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 039922503X
Publication Date: 1993-10-14
Emi, a Japanese American in the second grade, is sent with her family to an internment camp during World War II, but the loss of the bracelet her best friend has given her proves that she does not need a physical reminder of that friendship

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The Fences Between Us - Kirby Larson
ISBN: 9780545224185
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
Thirteen-year-old Piper Davis records in her diary her experiences beginning in December 1941 when her brother joins the Navy, the United States goes to war, she attempts to document her life through photography, and her father--the pastor for a Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle--follows his congregants to an Idaho internment camp, taking her along with him. Includes historical notes.

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Sylvia and Aki - Winifred Conkling
ISBN: 9781582463377
Publication Date: 2011-07-12
At the start of World War II, Japanese-American third-grader Aki and her family are sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona, while Mexican-American third-grader Sylvia's family leases their Orange County, California, farm and begins a fight to stop school segregation

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Weedflower - Cynthia Kadohata
ISBN: 0689865740
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment camp on a Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, she helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop

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The Journal of Ben Uchida - Barry Denenberg
ISBN: 0590485318
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
Injustice, Japanese Internment

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Flowers from Mariko - Rick Noguchi; Deneen Jenks; Michelle Reiko Kumata (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1584300329
Publication Date: 2001-10-01
When she and her family are released from the Japanese American internment camp where they have spent the last three years, Mariko plants a garden to raise their spirits

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Baseball Saved Us - Ken Mochizuki; Dom Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1880000199
Publication Date: 1995-03-01
A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is over

Farewell to Manzanar - Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston; James D. Houston
ISBN: 0395172152
Publication Date: 1973-10-01
This book is the true story of one spirited Japanese American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention...and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States

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Yes! We Are Latinos! - Alma Flor Ada; F. Isabel Campoy; David Diaz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580893831
Publication Date: 2013-08-01
A collection of first-person narrative poems about young Latinos from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and their immigrant experiences in the United States. Each poem is followed by a short nonfiction article on an aspect of Latino history

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Dolores Huerta - Rebecca Thatcher
ISBN: 1584151552
Publication Date: 2002-12-01
Biography of Dolores Huerta, who, along with Cesar Chavez, established a union to protect the rights of farm workers

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Terrible Things - Eve Bunting; Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0827603258
Publication Date: 1996-12-01
Little Rabbit learns the value of sticking together as the Terrible Things carry away the creatures of the forest clearing

 

Wisdom of a Child "How to Stop Police Brutality"

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