Award-winning writer Nikki Giovanni’s book is the antidote to all the stories about tired, old Rosa Parks who single-handedly desegregated the buses. Here she is placed firmly in the Movement (along with Jo Ann Robinson and E.D. Nixon) and the key historical events of the time. This is a key book for teaching about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Rosa is accessible to young readers, but without sacrificing the complexity of the story, and the paint/collage illustrations by Bryan Collier are radiant.
Credit: By Nikki Giovanni. Published by Henry Holt and Company, 2007.
Type: Book – Picture Book
Grade Level: 2-4
Time Period: 1950 -1974