Ron’s Big Misson

  • Title: Ron’s Big Mission
  • Author: Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden
  • Illustrator: Don Tate
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication year: 2009
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron’s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage; it is a young man’s first courageous mission. Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNair’s life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and Challenger astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –This book is still important to use in the school library or classroom. How many kids from minorities like the young Ron McNair feel as though they can’t pursue or do the things they’ve always dreamed of doing? Here is a book showing that those young children can. Not only could this book be used while children are learning about The Civil Rights Movement, but also in conjunction with a science teacher, learning about astronauts like Mr. McNair.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – Tate’s illustration style is quite unique. My favorite illustrations has to be the two-page spread where Ron jumps on the counter and all the white kids around him look at him in shock.

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