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"Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down" by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Thursday, July 7, 2011,

This picture book by Andrea Davis Pinkney uses the language of food and recipes as a novel technique to describe the Civil Rights movement and sit-ins.  Pinkney quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., using large, colorful type to emphasize the importance of his words in the development of non-violent protests against segregation.

Pinkney gives a clear sense of the role that sit-ins played in the larger movement.  The book's illustrations work well to show how the movement spread.  Pinkne...


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"Let Freedom Sing" by Vanessa Newton

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Friday, February 5, 2010,


In "Let Freedom Sing," Vanessa Newton has created a delightful picture book to teach younger students about the Civil Rights movement.  She weaves song, images, and historical events together to bring to life the struggle and the joy of making the United States a better, more equal country.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Newton on January 11, 2010, about this book and her process of creating it.  She is a self-taught artist who, as an adult, was diagnosed with dyslexia.  She told stori...
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