Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Child of the Civil Rights Movement.

Hi Friends!

Hope you all are doing good this Friday. Here are some blogs I found helpful or fun that you may find that way, too.

I have always wanted to spend the night in a bookstore. I saw a book at Costco with blurbs from famous authors on the book store. Wish I had written  the title and author down or who edited it. I would like that book for Christmas.

If you’re thinking of sending illustration notes along with the manuscript, you will want to read this.

My book to celebrate Universal Children’s Day is one written by Paula Young Shelton about when she was four and marched from Selma to Montgomery Alabama in the Civil Rights Movement.

Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Child of the Civil Rights Movement.

book cover.alt._Child of the Civil Rights Movement. Title: Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Author and Illustrator: Paula Young Shelton & Raul Colon

Published by: Random House Children’s books, 2010 for all ages

Themes: Historical , Selma to Montgomery Rights March 1965, Civil Rights Movements, African-Americans, acceptance, tolerance, race, multicultural, educational, freedom,

Resources: Here’s where one can download a pdf of a teacher’s guide:’sguide

Here’s a teacher’s guide with twenty-one activities. : 

First three lines: Mama was from Alabama, Daddy was from Louisiana – the Deep South. They had been called bad names, treated badly, told, “You can’t do that!” just because of the color of their skin.

The Random House Synopsis: In this Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family—and thousands of others—in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

Poignant, moving, and hopeful, this is an intimate look at the birth of the Civil Rights Movement.

Why I liked it: Written by Paula Young Shelton based on her memories of when she was four years old and participated in the March. She wrote it in a child’s language as a memoir. There is a back matter sheet of the people mentioned in this book, all activists, so they can be remembered. To me this is the height of what a children’s book could and can be. A memoir or history of the complex issues of injustice written for children so they can understand it is. Perfect.

Universal Children’s Day is the day the UN General Assembly in 1954 decided December 14th would be the anniversary. Susanna Leonard Hill is doing her part by asking all of us posting for PPBF to raise awareness of children who have somehow helped do their part by changing the world someway whether in human rights or any multicultural issues or somehow helped the world. Please check out her links on her blog today.

Do you think you would like this book? Why or why not?

Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs to all of you.


About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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27 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Child of the Civil Rights Movement.

  1. celiapetty says:

    Was it this one? My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop


  2. Great links you shared Clar, thanks. Loved your choice of book to review. Love the memoir idea for a Picture Book. Illustrations are lovely.


  3. Joanna says:

    I would certainly enjoy reading this, Clar. Telling the story from an eyewitness point of view always adds power!


  4. Rosi says:

    Great choice for a book review. I hadn’t heard of this one. Thanks.


  5. I love historical fiction/memoir Clar. Yes, I would read this important story — great pick for today. I applaud the author for this gem!


  6. Margot Finke says:

    This sounds like an awesome “must have” book.
    OFF to find it right now!!

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  7. Carrie Finison says:

    This sounds fascinating, Clar. Good choice!


  8. I love the cover of this book! That little girl looks so determined!! i think I will have to look for this one. Thanks


  9. Hi Clar,
    I love that this book is written from a four-year-old’s POV.
    And thanks for the links you provided. 😀


  10. Powerful book. Thanks.


  11. I find the Civil Rights topic to be a challenging one for young children, mostly because you have to discuss slavery. For most kids (at least in the U.S.), I think the idea of slavery is just unfathomable. This book looks like a good way to address the issue. Thanks for the recommendation, Clar.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, I see what you mean. The slavery concept is complex and the unjustness of it will weigh heavy on a child’s mind. This book does address it in a way they could understand. thanks for your comment. 🙂


  12. What an important topic. I like the cover! I would like to read this book because it covers an important topic in history.


  13. What a great choice for this special edition of PPBF, Clar! Such an important topic, and with so much history, from a young child’s POV. Thanks for adding it to our list!


  14. I love historic memoirs, especially when they are kid friendly…good pick, Clare!


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