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Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  65 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
In 1863, when Ida B. Wells was not yet two years old, the Emancipation Proclamation freed her from the bond of slavery. For her family and others like them, it was a time of renewed faith in America's promise of freedom and justice for all. Blessed with a strong will, an eager mind, and a deep belief in this promise, young Ida never turned away from the challenges she face ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Peachtree Publishers
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Lisa Vegan
Jan 31, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: for 2nd through 6th grade kids; for studying civil rights, women’s rights, human rights
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
This is a very interesting biography of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. I think kids, especially those interested in history or human rights, will like and learn from this picture book biography. I know that I learned quite a bit about this incredibly inspiring woman. Every time I thought I was touched (when she took over raising her younger siblings) or whenever I was impressed (when she refused to move to another seat on the train, when she spoke up and wrote, when she found a way to support herself as ...more
Feb 25, 2011 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
“The way to right wrongs is to turn to light of truth upon them.”

That was one of the memorable quotes by Ida B. Wells herself and there are more quotes coming along in this review! “Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells” is an inspirational children’s book by Philip Dray along with illustrations by Stephen Alcorn and it is about an African-American woman named Ida B. Wells who made history by exposing the horrors of lynching through the newspaper. “Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells” is clearly one of
Jan 31, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
*Read for the Black History Month Theme in the Picture Book Club at Children's Book Group*

The story of Ida B. Wells, born in 1863 and barely two years old when the Emancipation Proclamation freed her from the slavery she was born into. A strong and intelligent young woman, at age sixteen Ida took over the care of her six younger siblings when an epidemic left both parents dead and she supported them by becoming a local schoolteacher. Her kind spirit, keen intelligence and penchant for writing so
Although I had heard of Ida B. Wells in conjunction with women’s history, all I had known was that she was important to the American woman’s suffrage movement and that she had been some sort of journalist. I did not even know she was African-American. As I read this well-researched biography (the author used both primary and secondary sources), I learned that Ida B. Wells had first been a teacher and that her focus as a journalist was to let others know of the injustices committed against Africa ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I really didn't know much about Ida B. Wells-Barnett until I read this outstanding children's book. Not only was the text informative and interesting, but the illustrations flowed from page to page and were filled at times with striking, symbolic images. My favorite picture, on page 14, is of a black man have bowed over, straining to push against a giant white hand attached to an sleeve that says "Whites only". It's a striking image, and gets the idea of Jim Crow across in seconds.

For me, one t
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
A very clear and simple biography about this important historical figure without shying away from some of the more difficult topics, especially about lynching. The illustrator has a distinctly personal style, combining literal portrayal of scenes and figures with symbolic drawings -- the large book with a golden road leading to the sun for Ida B.'s getting an education, and the giant hand/arm withe WHITES ONLY on the sleeve pushing down at an African American man are two examples... though the o ...more
Mar 18, 2014 M. rated it really liked it
Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born to slave parents. The Emancipation Proclamation came out when she was about 6 months old and her parents, now freed, worked hard to be good citizens and especially to promote black literacy. Ida was educated,intelligent, and hard-working. At age 16 she provided for her younger siblings after their parents died in an epidemic, teaching school for income; she fought against racial injustice; and she slowly became an important voice in black journalism. Ultimately she ...more
Wilhelmina Jenkins
A wonderful picture book about one of my heroes, Ida B. Wells, whose story should be much more widely known than it is. Great for a primary school child.
Jan 30, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We were introduced to this book through the Picture-Book club in the Children's Books group here on Goodreads. It was chosen as one of the selections for February 2011 Black History Month, and I'm very glad that we discovered this book. It was a very informative read and gave a lot of information about civil rights struggles during and after the Civil War. The discussion about lynching and murder is not for young children, and I had to consider whether or not to read this one to our girls, but i ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Shelli rated it it was amazing
Ida B. Wells-Barnett was an unknown name to be before reading this extremely informative picture book. She led a life that was nothing short of inspiring. Growing up in the tumultuous post-civil war she accomplished more than you would think is possible for anyone, let alone a young African-American woman. She did all this while raising her six siblings after the death of her parents. Ida B. Wells-Barnett's resume would include: teacher, journalist, editor, helped found the NAACP, women's and ci ...more
sweet pea
Oct 28, 2009 sweet pea rated it really liked it
Shelves: les-enfants, herstory
i am always filled with trepidation whenever i see a picture book biography of one of my heroes. even though i was dubious flipping through, i now love it. the book focuses on Ida's early life and her crusades against lynching. the illustrations are interesting and often interwoven. many of the portrayals of Ida show her in an almost superhero persona, always with great shoes. this is totally my image of her as she was more powerful than Superman could ever hope to be. i am saddened that some of ...more
I picked this book before Odetta , but read Odetta first, so it wasn't until I started reading this that I discovered they were done by the same illustrator. I really love Stephen Alcorn's style. I could honestly do with a little less dramatic symbolism (like when the text quotes Ida Wells saying she wished she could "gather my race in my arms and fly away with them," so the illustration shows her with angel wings flying through the heavens), but the style really is gorgeous.
Norah Almusharraf
Jun 04, 2014 Norah Almusharraf rated it really liked it
The most attractive thing of this book is its well pictured according to the biography life of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. It is great to be learned in schools. It teaches young students how to be brave and expressing your rights. In brief, if you want to educate your children about history and human rights , this book will be adorable.
Mattathias Westwood
My sister Lis saw this at the library a few years ago and showed it to me. I only read it once but it had a strong impact on me. It's an amazing picture biography of Ida B. Wells. The text is compelling, telling the story of her life clearly without either oversimplifying or becoming too bogged down in minutiae. The illustrations are simply masterful. And Ida was a woman every American child should learn about. Truly, her life was a crusade for justice.
Abby Johnson
Sep 29, 2008 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
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This beautifully illustrated picture book biography tells about the life of Ida B. Wells and her campaign to stop lynchings after the Civil War. She was a crusader for African-American rights and made her voice heard through her eloquent writing.

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Ms. Wells' story is very interesting and definitely uplifting. The illustrations are incredible and add to the intensity. It really is a great picture book.

I just am not sure at what age horrible events like lynching should begin to be discussed with other people's children. It was very upsetting to my daughter.
Dec 11, 2012 Joy rated it it was amazing
This is a fun, fast paced biography that confronts issues of racism and women's rights all within a few short pages. The story of Ida B. Wells is one of determination and perseverance and an inspiration to those who read her story.
Janice  Durante
One woman's words can help change the world. Check out my my review of this inspiring picture-book bio of Ida B. Wells.
Oct 06, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
mock Caldecott nom. Informative younger biography of Ida B Wells. Perhaps middle-upper elementary? Mainly details her career bringing attention to lynching in America. Colorful illustrations.
Mar 09, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
"The way to right wrongs, is to shine the light of truth upon them." ~Wells This is a good read second graders and up. Excellent for a teacher when she teaches about the Emancipation Proclamation.
Mar 28, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb
beautiful pictures. another great biography of Ida B. Wells, I wish they had taught about her when I was younger. a little bit long for a traditional looking picture book.
Sam Grace
I liked this one a lot, but I think I am most excited by the list of other children's books for different ages that's listed on the last page. :-)
I had no idea Ida B. Wells was so amazing. I now have to rank her right next to my beloved Sojourner Truth in awesomeness.
Apr 04, 2013 Megen rated it did not like it
Shelves: biography
This is the biography of a former slave who became a journalist and used her position to speak out against the injustices.
Picture book for older kids about the life of civil rights crusader Ida B. Wells. Decent.
Feb 16, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing
the is Stephen Alcorn's best work, inspired, creative and deep
Apr 04, 2013 Brittney rated it really liked it
This is a book about a former slave named Ida B. Wells.
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Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award.

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