Civil rights movement

Ages 4-8

Ruby Bridges’ Ruby Bridges Goes to School

Robert Coles’ The Story of Ruby Bridges

Nikki Giovanni’s Rosa

Toni Morrison’s Remember: The Journey to School Integration

Walter Dean Myer’s Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly

Doreen Rappaport’s Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Faith Ringgold’s If A Bus Could Talk

Paula Shelton’s Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Carole Boston Weatherford’s Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

Deborah Wiles’ Freedom Summer

Ages 6-9

Jo Kittinger’s Rosa’s Bus

Ellen Levine’s If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King

Eileen Lucas’ Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine

Andrea and David Pinkney’s Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

Aaron Reynolds’ Back of the Bus

Jonah Winter’s Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Ages 8 and up

Ruby Bridges’ Through My Eyes

Evelyn Coleman’s Circle of Fire

Gary Jeffrey’s The Little Rock Nine and the Fight for Equal Education (graphic history)

Diane McWhorter’s A Dream of Freedom

Marshall Poe’s Little Rock Nine

Doreen Rappaport’s Nobody Gonna Turn Me ‘Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

Mary C. Turck’s The Civil Rights Movement for Kids: A HIstory with 21 activities

Rita Williams-Garcia’s One Crazy Summer

Ages 10 and up

Dennis and Judith Fradin’s The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine

Philip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice

Teri Kanefield’s The Girl from the Tarpaper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement

Ellen Levine’s Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell their Own Stories

Kristin Levine’s The Lions of Little Rock

Cynthia Levinson’s We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March

Mara Miller’s School Desegregation and the Story of the Little Rock Nine

Amy Polakow’s Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader

Belinda Rochelle’s Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights

Carole Boston Weatherford’s Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

For teenagers, a graphic novel set during the time period: Mark Long and Jim Demonakos’ The Silence of Our Friends

Kekla Magoon and Ilyasah Shabazz’s novel about Malcolm X, entitled X: A Novel

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