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15 Excellent Civil Rights Books

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 8, 2010


In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—observed the third Monday of each year, around the time of his January 15 birthday—here is a list of outstanding books that represent nonviolent activism and the civil rights movement:

Child of the Civil Rights Movement Child of the Civil Rights Movement

by Paula Young Shelton

(Ages 4-8)

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Doreen Rappaport

(Ages 4-8)

I Have A Dream I Have A Dream

by Martin Luther King Jr.

(Ages 4-8)

Freedom Summer Freedom Summer

by Deborah Wiles

(Ages 4-8)

A Sweet Smell of Roses

by Angela Johnson

(Ages 5-8)

The Story Of Ruby Bridges

by Robert Coles

(Ages 7-10)

    Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was...?) Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

    by Bonnie Bader

    (Ages 7-11)

    Through My Eyes

    by Ruby Bridges

    (Ages 8-12)

      Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights

      by Belinda Rochelle

      (Ages 8-12)

      The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

      by Christopher Paul Curtis

      (Ages 9-12)

      The Color of My Words The Color of My Words

      by Lynn Joseph

      (Ages 10 and up)

      The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

      by E.L. Konigsburg

      (Ages 10-12)

      Rosa Parks: My Story Rosa Parks: My Story

      by Rosa Parks

      (Ages 12 and up)

      Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

      by Judith Bloom Fradin

      (Ages 12 and up)

      Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

      by Phillip M Hoose

      (Teens)

      Source of books: Publisher, Library, Bookstore

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