Author David Adler Illustrator Robert Casilla
Despite the title, recommended for 3rd and up due to the historical detail
This book is a biography of the great Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks. Beautifully illustrated, it provides children with a strong positive role model of someone who wasn’t afraid to take action and demand justice. The book covers not just her refusal to move to the back of the bus, but also her participation in the Civil Rights Movement throughout her life.
It is suggested that this story be read in the context of a study of the Civil Rights movement.
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”
“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.”
“At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.”
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.”
“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
“I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move.”
For older students and adults read the following books and learn the fullstory behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis
Parting of the Waters by Taylor Branch
Bearing the Cross.by David Garrow