“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
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To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20th, I thought I would compile my previous posts on MLK day and the Civil Rights Movement. I hope these lists will be helpful if you are looking for a children’s book to celebrate MLK day or Black History Month in February.
If you need just three books, I’ve chosen my favorite picture book, advanced picture book and chapter book to tell the story of the civil rights from three points of view. The great man himself in his own words. Ruby Bridge’s story as told by her child psychologist Dr. Robert Coles. And through the point of view of a Caucasian girl trying to figure out what was going on when her town pool closed to avoid desegregation.
This list has many genres from Young Adult to non fiction covering the Civil Rights Movement for kids.
Brotherhood by Ann Westrick is a new addition to this list and tells the story of the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.
The year is 1867, the South has been defeated, and the American Civil War is over. But the conflict goes on. Yankees now patrol the streets of Richmond, Virginia, and its citizens, both black and white, are struggling to redefine their roles and relationships. By day, fourteen-year-old Shadrach apprentices with a tailor and sneaks off for reading lessons with Rachel, a freed slave, at her school for African-American children. By night he follows his older brother Jeremiah to the meetings of a group whose stated mission is to protect Confederate widows like their mother. But as the true murderous intentions of the group, now known as the Ku Klux Klan, are revealed, Shad finds himself trapped between old loyalties and what he knows is right.
It was an honor and a priviledge to weclome Ruby Bridges to our elementary school! Her school visit both mesmerized the kids and inspired them that one kid can make a difference. This message is true as well in another civil rights story captured in As Fast As Words Could Fly.
Civil Rights Icon Ruby Bridges visits our elementary school!
I’ve heard of Booker T. Washington but I didn’t know much about his childhood and the adversity he overcame to get an education.
This picture book list tells the story of the African American experience if you read the books in order from 1 to 10. It starts with Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt and slavery and ends with modern times in Amazing Grace.
What are your favorite children’s books to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Black History Month? Please share and I’ll add your books and posts to mine! Thanks so much!
BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.