KidLit Books and Activities to Celebrate the Civil Rights Movement

On January 17, we recognize Martin Luther King

and the Civil Rights Movement.

Celebrate and Honor the accomplishments of African Americans

who fight for social and economic justice!

 

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Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.

Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else.

So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws, she spoke up. As she listened to the preacher’s words, smooth as glass, she sat up tall. And when she heard the plan—picket those white stores! March to protest those unfair laws! Fill the jails!—she stepped right up and said, I’ll do it! She was going to j-a-a-il!

Audrey Faye Hendricks was confident and bold and brave as can be, and hers is the remarkable and inspiring story of one child’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.

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Liberty's Civil Rights Road Trip: Michael W. Waters, Nicole Tadgell: 9781947888197: Amazon.com: Books

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Time to board the bus! Liberty and her friend Abdullah, with their families and a diverse group of passengers, head off to their first stop: Jackson, Mississippi. Next on their map are Glendora, Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, and finally Selma, for a march across the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge.

As told through the innocent view of a child, Liberty’s Civil Rights Road Trip serves as an early introduction to places, people, and events that transformed history. The story is inspired by an actual journey led by author Michael W. Waters, bringing together a multigenerational group to witness key locations from the civil rights movement. An author’s note and more information about each stop on Liberty’s trip offer ways for adults to expand the conversation with young readers.

A portion of the publisher’s sales proceeds will be donated to Foot Soldiers Park in Selma, Alabama, a nonprofit dedicated to honoring the history and continued relevance of the Selma movement.

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This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time. Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some of his most beloved speeches to tell the story of his life and his work in a simple, direct way. Bryan Collier’s stunning collage art combines remarkable watercolor paintings with vibrant patterns and textures. A timeline and a list of additional books and web sites help make this a standout biography of Dr. King.

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The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.: A Biography Book for New Readers (The Story Of: A Biography Series for New Readers): Platt, Christine: 9781641529549: Amazon.com: Books

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Discover the life of Martin Luther King Jr-a story for kids ages 6 to 9 about standing up for civil rights

Martin Luther King Jr became one of the most important civil rights leaders in America by fighting for equality for black people. Before he made history with his powerful speeches and peaceful protests, Martin was a dedicated, smart kid who loved to learn. He challenged racism and overcame hardships to follow his passion and do the right thing.

Of all the Martin Luther King Jr books for kids, this one really helps you explore how Martin went from being a kid with a dream to an outstanding leader who made America a better place for everyone. How will his life inspire you to do what’s right?

All Martin Luther King Jr books for kids should include: Path to power-Unlike other Martin Luther King Jr books for kids, this one has a visual timeline so you can see Martin’s progress through life. Word definitions-This standout among Martin Luther King Jr books for kids has a helpful glossary for the more advanced words and ideas inside. Lasting change-Everything that Martin Luther King Jr books for kids should be, this book explains how Martin made the world a better place for future generations.

If you’ve been searching for Martin Luther King Jr books for kids that have beautiful illustrations and easy-to-read chapters, look no further-this one has it all!

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Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford, James E. Ransome, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®

About the Book

With poetic text and dynamic art, award-winning creators Carole Boston Weatherford and James E. Ransome use key moments from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life to inspire future generations to stand up for what’s right, make the world a better place, and be a King.

You can be a King. Stamp out hatred. Put your foot down and walk tall.
You can be a King. Beat the drum for justice. March to your own conscience.

Featuring a dual narrative of the key moments of Dr. King’s life alongside a modern class as the students learn about him, this engaging story highlights principles that readers today can emulate in their own lives. As times change, Dr. King’s example remains, encouraging a new generation of children to take charge and change the world . . . to be a King.

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Black Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement: A Black History Book for Kids ( Biographies for Kids): Armand, Glenda: 9781648764455: Amazon.com: Books

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Incredible stories of Black civil rights leaders for kids ages 8 to 12

The Civil Rights Movement was an organized effort by Black Americans to claim the fundamental rights that the U.S. government had denied them—even long after slavery had ended. This collection of biographies for kids explores 15 civil rights leaders and the extraordinary things they accomplished in the face of huge challenges. See how these men and women bravely stood up for what’s right and laid the foundation for future generations to live more freely and equally.

This standout among Black history books for kids illustrates how these civil rights leaders:

  • Helped end segregation—Learn how Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks helped to end unfair treatment in public transportation and beyond.
  • Protested peacefully—Find out how James Meredith and Martin Luther King Jr. organized marches, boycotts, and sit-ins to demand equality.
  • Used their voices—Discover how Fannie Lou Hamer and Malcolm X spoke out against racism and created lasting change.

Introduce kids to the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement with these powerful biographies.

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Child of the Civil Rights Movement: Shelton, Paula Young, Colón, Raul: 9780385376068: Amazon.com: Books

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Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family—and thousands of others—in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

Poignant, moving, and hopeful, this is an intimate look at the birth of the Civil Rights Movement.

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She Persisted: Claudette Colvin: Cline-Ransome, Lesa, Clinton, Chelsea, Boiger, Alexandra, Flint, Gillian: 9780593115848: Amazon.com: Books

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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds!

Before Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin made the same choice. She insisted on standing up–or in her case, sitting down–for what was right, and in doing so, fought for equality, fairness, and justice.

In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome, readers learn about the amazing life of Claudette Colvin–and how she persisted.

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Rosa)] [By (author) Nikki Giovanni ] published on (December, 2007): Nikki Giovanni: Amazon.com: Books

About the Book

She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask “Auntie, are you going to move?” all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, “No.”

An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history

Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture- book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.

Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni’s evocative text combines with Bryan Collier’s striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.
Rosa is a 2006 Caldecott Honor Book and the winner of the 2006 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.

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A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story: Langley, Sharon, Nathan, Amy, Cooper, Floyd: 9781419736858: Amazon.com: Books

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The true story of how a ride on a carousel made a powerful Civil Rights statement

A Ride to Remember tells how a community came together—both black and white—to make a change. When Sharon Langley was born in the early 1960s, many amusement parks were segregated, and African-American families were not allowed entry. This book reveals how in the summer of 1963, due to demonstrations and public protests, the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland became desegregated and opened to all for the first time. Co-author Sharon Langley was the first African-American child to ride the carousel. This was on the same day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Langley’s ride to remember demonstrated the possibilities of King’s dream. This book includes photos of Sharon on the carousel, authors’ notes, a timeline, and a bibliography.

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MEGAN CAHILL-ASSENZA – is from Northport, NY, and a recent Children’s Literature Fellow from Stony Brook University. A writer, filmmaker, and animal lover, Megan is pursuing a career in children’s literature. She currently works in the Academic Tutoring Center at Suffolk County Community College.
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