The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: Young Readers Edition

English YA & Up History Historical Figures Civil Rights Movement Modern Black Freedom Struggle Activism Social Movements Jeanne Theoharis & Brandy Colbert summary I love Rosa Parks. So much. I’m that insufferable person that will talk about how simplified her narrative has become when referring to the Modern Black Freedom Struggle/Civil Rights Movement of the…

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Written by: Paula Young Shelton Illustrated by: Raul Colón For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Black Culture & Identity, Activism, Protest, Historical Figures, Non-Fiction, Community, Family. Summary:  When Paula was 4 years old, her family moved from New York back down South to organize and protest during the Civil Rights/Modern Black Freedom Struggle of…

The Undefeated

Written by: Kwame Alexander Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson For ages: 7 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Black Identity & Culture, Resilience, Trailblazers, History, Oppression, Enslavement.  Summary:  Honestly, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to review The Undefeated.  It’s beautiful and powerful and required reading.  For #sweetsandsocialjustice this week I’ve paired some baked donuts and the oh-so-trendy whipped coffee (seriously…

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…

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

Written by: Selina Alko Illustrated by: Sean Qualls & Selina Alko For ages: 4-9 years Language: English Topics Covered: Activism, Legislation, Segregation, Family, Interracial Marriage, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Own Voices, Non-Fiction, Historical Figures, Family, Love.  Summary:  We are so excited to have another round of #sweetsandsocialjustice in conjunction with #thefictionfeast (even though this is a non-fiction story) and made…

Granddaddy’s Gift

Written by: Margaree King Mitchell Illustrated by: Larry Johnson For ages: 5 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Modern Back Freedom Struggle, Voting Rights, Family, Activism, Racism, Strength, Resilience, Education, Own Voices, Historical Fiction.  Summary: This story is told from the perspective of a young girl, who everyone calls Little Joe on account of the fact that she follows…

Little People Big Dreams: Josephine Baker

Written by: Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara Illustrated by: Agathe Sorlet  For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Biography, Historical Figure, Musician, Women in Music, Trailblazer, Segregation, Racism, Activism, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, WWII.  Summary: Josephine was a born performer, and found her fame dancing on a chorus line in New York City.  Due to ongoing segregation and general…