Books – Picture Books


The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Chris Barton. Illustrated by Don Tate. 2015. An introduction for upper elementary students to the Reconstruction era in U.S. history through the true story of Congressman Roy Lynch from Natchez, Mississippi.

Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

Location: National    Grade Level: 2-4
Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein. Illustrated by James E. Ransome, 2015. One family's struggle for voting rights in the civil rights era South,

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9
Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes, 2015. Poems and illustrations tell the story of the life of Fannie Lou Hamer for upper elementary and middle school.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

Location: California    Grade Level: 2-4
Duncan Tonatiuh, 2014 A little-known yet important story of the fight to end school discrimination against Mexican-American children is told with lively text and expressive art.

As Fast As Words Could Fly

Location: North Carolina    Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Pamela M. Tuck, 2013 Set in 1960s North Carolina, how a family and community challenge racism where they work, shop, and go to school.


Location: Alabama    Grade Level: 2-4
Nikki Giovanni, 2007 A beautifully illustrated book for children about Rosa Parks in the context of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World

Location: National    Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Stuart Stotts, 2010 History of the song from the Civil Rights Movement and other struggles, We Shall Overcome.

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

Location: National    Grade Level: 2-4
Andrea Davis Pinkney, 2010 Picture book celebrating the story of the four college students who staged a peaceful protest at the Woolworth's lunch counter.

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Location: National, Alabama, Georgia    Grade Level: pre-K-1, 2-4
Paula Young Shelton, 2009 Beautifully illustrated book for young children by classroom teacher about growing up in the Civil Rights Movement.

Freedom School,Yes!

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 2-4
Amy Littlesugar and Floyd Cooper, 2001 In this triumphant story based on the 1964 Mississippi Freedom School Summer ProJect, two characters come together to celebrate the strength of a people.

Mississippi Morning

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Ruth Vander Zee, 2004 A thought-provoking story of one white boy’s loss of naïvete in the face of harsh historical realities.