Civil Rights Movement

By Carsyn’s book club

By Carsyn’s book club

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

Duncan Tonatiuh

$18.95 $17.43

Did you know the Mendez V. Westminster paved the way for desegregation in Brown V. Board of the education?! I didn’t until recently and I only learned about Sylvia Mendez as an adult. My fourth graders always would ask about how they fit into the civil rights movement... would they like Black people in America also be discriminated against for being brown and immigrant? Yes I would tell them but I think this book really helped bring home this point for them. #windowsandmirrors #childrensbooks #solidarity #luchamosporlavida #wefightforourlives #civilrights #sylviamendez

Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans

$17.99 $16.55

This children’s picture book shows how African Americans fought and died in order to pass the Voting Rights Act. As Lillian climbs uphill to cast her vote she witnesses the sacrifices of her people that propel her forward. Real life Lillian Allen was born in Alabama in 1908 when the only citizens who were allowed to vote were white men. She witnessed the struggle and sacrifices of those who marched, protested, and gave their lives for the right to vote. In 2008 at 100 years old Lillian campaigned up and down the hilly streets of her neighborhood and voted for President Obama. Today more than ever we need to continue this fight to uphold our right to vote! Remember all of the people that are still barred from voting today-people who are formerly incarcerated or undocumented. Post-reading host a mock election, OR host a mock election but throw out some of the ballots to make a point about voting rights/disenfranchisement, discuss who historically has/hasn't had the right to vote, and how this continues to this day, create solutions as a class. #childrenslit #weneeddiversebooks #socialjustice #votingrights

Back of the Bus

Aaron Reynolds and Floyd Cooper

$8.99 $8.27

This is a great book to open up a conversation with young children about race and the Civil Rights movement who may have little or no background about these topics. The earlier the better!! I love how the story is told through the lens of a young child who may have witnessed these events. Comprehension check: How did the boy change from the beginning of the story? What caused him to change? #childrenslit #diversereads #civildisobedience #goodtrouble #socialjusticeparenting #rosaparks #aaronreynolds #floydcooper

Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson

$10.99 $10.11

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is a memoir written in verse. Jacqueline Woodson was born in Ohio and grew up in South Carolina and Brooklyn as an African-American child during the 1960s and 1970s so there is a lot of great background on the Civil Rights movement told from a child’s lens. We also witness Jacqueline’s love of stories (as a little girl she was accused of lying or making stuff up) and transformation into an amazing writer. I would read this book with students starting in the fourth grade. I would love to use this book in the future as a mentor text for a poetry unit where students write their own “I believe” poems after reading and discussing the book. I recommend having students listen to the audiobook read aloud by the author!

Let the Children March

Monica Clark-Robinson and Frank Morrison

$17.99 $16.55

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson illustrated by Frank Morrison An important and powerful read to share with today’s youth. While you are reading stop and ask children what they notice in the illustrations... a tear sliding down the check of one of the protesters... what do you think she is feeling? This helps build emotional literacy and is needed across grade levels. Let your students listen to some of the songs of the movement -We Shall Overcome, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round, and Freedom is coming. Ask them how the music makes them feel. What was the strategy of the Children’s Crusade and how do you think youth today can use their voice to stand up for what’s right? ~~~~~ Interview of author by Biracial Bookworms: “I wrote it because the story was being forgotten. Or if it was remembered, it was remembered incorrectly. The first time I heard the story, the person relaying the story said that the white policemen were so moved by what the children were doing that they put down their guns and water hoses, kneeled, and let the children pass unharmed. That is totally, absolutely false, as anyone who lived through it will tell you. The children who marched in 1963 deserve their true story to be remembered and told often.” Parents and educators what lessons would you teach using this book? #civilrights #childrenscrusade #teachsocialjustice #childrenslit #monicaclarkrobinson #frankmorrisonillustrator #goodtrouble

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Paula Young Shelton and Raul Colón

$7.99 $7.35