Child of the Civil Rights Movement

By: Paula Young Shelton

Illustrator: Raúl Colón

"So Mama and Daddy packed up / their three little girls . . . and we went back to Georgia, / back to Jim Crow, / where whites could / but blacks could not." The daughter of civil rights activist Andrew Young offers poignant descriptions of her childhood in Atlanta as part of "The Civil Rights Family." Additional information about the people mentioned in the book. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780375954146

JLG Release: Feb 2010


Sensitive Areas: None,
Topics: Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965) , Civil rights movements , African Americans , Selma, Alabama , Race relations , Jim Crow laws , Family , Activism

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Awards & Honors

Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Special Interests, Memoir

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Guide, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*

Horn Book

Shelton's poetic prose captures elements of the civil rights movement through her childhood memories--thinking that "Jim Crow was a big black crow," being turned away from a whites-only restaurant, spending time with "Uncle Martin" Luther King. Colón's textured, layered illustrations showing civil rights leaders, segregationists, and scenes of Shelton's poetic prose captures elements of the civil rights movement through her childhood memories--thinking that "Jim Crow was a big black crow," being turned away from a whites-only restaurant, spending time with "Uncle Martin" Luther King. Colón's textured, layered illustrations showing civil rights leaders, segregationists, and scenes of a close-knit family extend a story well told. Bib.

Junior Library Guild


• Simply told but full of unique, personal insights that only the author could have. Her “first protest” as a hungry young girl crying in a restaurant that refused to serve her family is especially powerful.
• Interesting to see major civil rights leaders as “aunts” and “uncles,” ordinary people who swim at the local pool,

• Simply told but full of unique, personal insights that only the author could have. Her “first protest” as a hungry young girl crying in a restaurant that refused to serve her family is especially powerful.
• Interesting to see major civil rights leaders as “aunts” and “uncles,” ordinary people who swim at the local pool, come over for dinner—and bring about historic change.
• The lyrical free verse and the warm, intimate illustrations capture a child’s-eye view without condescension.
• Paula Young Shelton adds enough detail to put the civil rights movement in context for readers unfamiliar with the events leading to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Book Details

ISBN

9780375954146

First Release

February 2010

Genre

Nonfiction.

Dewey Classification

323.1196/073076147

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 11"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.5; Points: 2;

Lexile

Level AD960L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Schwartz & Wade

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None,

Topics

Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965), Civil rights movements, African Americans, Selma, Alabama, Race relations, Jim Crow laws, Family, Activism,

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