Small Shoes, Great Strides: How Three Brave Girls Opened Doors to School Equality

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Carolrhoda Books (R)
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9.4 X 11.2 X 0.4 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of The Book Itch, as well as three Coretta Scott King Award-winning books: No Crystal Stair, Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom. She is a former youth services librarian in New Mexico. Visit her online at
Alex Bostic is a nationally award-winning realist painter based in Mississippi. He holds a BFA in Illustration from Pratt Institute and an MA in Illustration from Syracuse University. With more than forty years of being an illustrator, Alex decided to further develop and focus on his personal work and he is now a traditional figurative artist.

"Micheaux Nelson and Bostic's information-packed picture book examines an overlooked story of civil rights . . . Art in browns, purples, and golds juxtaposes saturated portraits of the girls with sepia-tone scenes of protesters."--starred, Publishers Weekly

-- (9/25/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"Bostic invokes the school's brown paper window coverings as a moving background for glorious acrylic portraiture featuring violets and purples that summon feminism and the threesome's status as civil rights royalty . . . A welcome spotlight on the undersung history of three girls whose bravery and endured torment carved a path for generations." -- starred, Booklist

-- (9/12/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"[A]n unmissable story about everyday courage whose notes about the importance of overcoming discrimination remain timely." --starred, Foreword Reviews

-- (11/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"[B]rutal, enlightening, hopeful, and realistic. An important piece of history, the book is a treasure and will require classroom discussion."--starred, School Library Journal

-- (12/18/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"Bostic's evocative illustrations add tenderness to a narrative of real terror. . . An important addition to civil rights movement literature with which readers can connect on a human level." --starred, The Horn Book Magazine

-- (11/30/2023 12:00:00 AM)