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Readers Advisory

Civil Rights Movement (subject matter appeal):

Bridges, Ruby. Through my eyes. Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960. (

Coleman, Evelyn. White socks only. Grandma tells the story about her first trip alone into town during the days when segregation still existed in Mississippi. An elderly African American tells her granddaughter about her childhood in the segregated South. There was a “Whites Only” sign on a nearby fountain, but that didn’t bother this child – after all, she was wearing her clean white socks. (

Levine, Ellen. Freedom’s children: young civil rights activists tell their own stories. Southern blacks who were young and involved in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s describe their experiences. (

McWhorter, Diane. A dream of freedom: the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1968. In this history of the Civil Rights Movement, McWhorter focuses on the monumental events that occurred between 1954 (the year of Brown versus the Board of Education) and 1968 (the year that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated). (

Pinkney, Andrea. Sit-in: how four friends stood up by sitting down. Recounts the historic events of 1960, when four black college students attempted to integrate a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. (

Turck, Mary. The Civil Rights Movement for kids: a history with 21 activities. Describes the struggle for civil rights for African-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s and profiles important civil rights leaders. Includes suggested activities. (

Historical Fiction – Race Relations (Issue-oriented appeal):

Levine, Kristin. The lions of Little Rock. In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism. (

Lynch, Chris. Gold dust. In 1975, twelve-year-old Richard befriends Napoleon, a Caribbean newcomer to his Catholic school, hoping that Napoleon will learn to love baseball and the Red Sox, and will win acceptance in the racially polarized Boston school. (

Peck, Richard. The river between us. During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois. (

Taylor, Mildred. The friendship. Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s. (

Woodson, Jacqueline. Feathers. When a new, white student nicknamed “The Jesus Boy” joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie’s growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light. (

Wright, Barbara. Crow. In 1898, Moses Thomas’s summer vacation does not go exactly as planned as he contends with family problems and the ever-changing alliances among his friends at the same time as he is exposed to the escalating tension between the African-American and white communities of Wilmington, North Carolina. (

Historical Fiction – The Sixties (Setting/Plot oriented appeal):

Martin, Ann M. Belle Teal. Belle Teal Harper is from a poor family in the country, and beginning fifth-grade is a challenge as her grandmother’s memory is slipping away, her brother and father are fighting again, and she becomes involved with the two new children in her class. (

Schmidt, Gary. Okay for now. As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer – a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage. (

Schmidt, Gary. The Wednesday wars. During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in. (

Fiction – Summertime (Character-driven appeal):

Gifford, Peggy. Moxy Maxwell does not love Stuart Little. With summer coming to an end, about-to-be-fourth-grader Moxy Maxwell does a hundred different things to avoid reading her assigned summer reading book. (

Graff, Lisa. Umbrella summer. After her brother Jared dies, ten-year-old Annie worries about the hidden dangers of everything, from bug bites to bicycle riding, until she is befriended by a new neighbor who is grieving her own loss. (

Martin, Ann M. Ten good and bad things about my life (so far). Pearl writes an essay about her complicated summer during which her father lost his job, her sister was her junior camp counselor, and she had an explosive fight with James Brubaker the Third. (

Wiersbitzky, Shannon. The summer of hammers and angels. This is the story of an amazing summer in a girl’s life, a summer of surprises and challenges, of shocks and recovery, of discoveries and friendship, and of loneliness and community. (

Williams-Garcia, Rita. One crazy summer. In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. (


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