Lillian’s Right to Vote

Written by: Jonah Winter Illustrated by: Shane W. Evans For ages: 5-9 years Language: English Topics Covered: History, Voting Rights, Civil Rights, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Black Culture & Identity, Activism, Historical Figure.  Summary:  Happy Saturday!  For this round of #sweetsandsocialjustice we decided to make a classic amaretto almond Bundt cake to go with this fantastic library book we had taken…

Pies From Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Summary: Georgia Gilmore is both a mother of 6 and a cook at a lunch counter during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  She is inspired to do more fundraising for the boycott, and for the community organizing and activism surrounding segregation.  Georgia spearheaded efforts of local women who cooked secretly in their homes and then sold it…

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist

Written by: Cynthia Levinson Illustrated by: Vanessa Brantley-Newton For ages: 5 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Figure, Historical Event, Activism, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Civil Rights, Family, Love. Summary:  Audrey is a nine-year-old girl, living in Birmingham in 1963.  The book opens with Audrey’s mother cooking a huge dinner for their family friend, Mike.  Mike…

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Written by: Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by: Elizabeth Zunon For ages: Elementary students and older Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Racism, Jim Crow, Segregation, Entertainment Industry, Historical Figures, Civil Rights, Modern Black Freedom Struggle. Summary: This book spans the life of Lena Horne, legendary vocalist and performer.  Lena was born to parents that constantly hustled and were nomadic at times….

Back of the Bus

Written by: Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by: Floyd Cooper For ages: 5 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Civil Rights, POC-Centric Narratives, Activism, Historical Events, Historical Fiction, Rosa Parks.   Summary: This book takes place on December 1st, 1955.  This is also the historic day when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white person….

Major Taylor Champion Cyclist

Written by: Lesa Cline-Ransome Illustrated by: James E. Ransome For ages: 6-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historic Figure, Historical Events, Sports Figures, Civil Rights, Racism, Trailblazer.  Summary: Set in Victorian times, this book covers the life of Marshall Taylor, later known as Major Taylor.  When Marshall was 8, he was hired by a rich white family to be…

The United States v. Jackie Robinson

Written by: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen Illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie For ages: 5-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Figures, Military History, Sports Figures, Civil Rights. Summary: Before we knew Jackie Robinson as the first African-American Major League Baseball player, he served in the military.  Jackie grew up in California, during segregation.  His family was the only family of color…