Let the Children March

  • Title: Let the Children March
  • Author: Monica Clark Robinson
  • Illustrator: Frank Morrison
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication year: 2018
  • Brief Summary: From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt-“In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I definitely think this one should be in a school library and should be used while children are learning about The Civil Rights movement. I think what makes this particular book standout is that it is about the Child’s March and I think children would connect/empathize more with this story then just a book about The Civil Rights Movement. I found this activity guide from the blog Library Lessons With Books that gave an idea to use this book along with another book for a compare and contrast lesson.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I think Morrison’s illustrations really convey feeling and emotion. Especially in his haunting illustration of the children being hosed down by police.

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