Books – Fiction



Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
This middle school chapter book offers a chance to learn an untold story of Reconstruction that was a precursor to the Great Migration.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Christopher Paul Curtis, 1997. Historical fiction about a family that visits Birmingham during the time of the church bombing.

The Fog Machine

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Susan Follett, 2014 Historical fiction set during Freedom Summer in Mississippi and Chicago.


Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Deborah Wiles, 2014 More than just a novel, Revolution is, in effect, a time machine. Deborah Wiles’ first-person narrative of Sunny, a white teen living in Greenwood, Mississippi during the 1964 Freedom Summer is beautifully written and closely follows the actual historic events.

Mississippi Bridge

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Mildred D. Taylor, 2000. Historical fiction set in Mississippi in the 1930s about racial injustice.

Mississippi Trial, 1955

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Chris Crowe, 2003. Historical fiction about the Emmett Till murder.

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

Location: North Carolina    Grade Level: 2-4
Carole Boston Weatherford, 2007 Historical fiction in an upper elementary picture book about the Greensboro sit-ins.

The Rock and the River

Location: Illinois    Grade Level: 7-9
Kekla Magoon, 2009 Coming-of-age story of two brothers in Chicago shows the close connections between the civil rights and black power movements.

One Crazy Summer

Location: National, California    Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9
Rita Williams-Garcia, 2010 The heartbreaking, funny tale of three young girls and the Black Panthers.

Mama's Window

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Lynn Rubright, 2002 In a truly heartwarming yet unexpected ending, Mama’s Window shows us all the importance of hope, dreams, and finding a place to call home.

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 2-4
Tim Tingle, 2008 A picture book that highlights rarely discussed intersections between Native Americans in the South and African Americans in bondage.

The Return of Gabriel

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9
John Armistead, 2002 Filled with suspense, The Return of Gabriel takes readers deep into a not-so-distant era of the 1960s.