Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary” as Want to Read:
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary

by
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  532 ratings  ·  123 reviews
An inspiring look at the fight for the vote, by an award-winning author Only 44 years ago in the U.S., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was leading a fight to win blacks the right to vote. Ground zero for the movement became Selma, Alabama.

Award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge leads you straight into the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated
...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published October 14th 2009)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Marching for Freedom, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Marching for Freedom

Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsWhen You Reach Me by Rebecca SteadThe Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline KellyWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace LinThe Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Newbery 2010
36th out of 107 books — 534 voters
Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsShiver by Maggie StiefvaterFire by Kristin CashoreIf I Stay by Gayle FormanWintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
2010 ALA Best Books for Young Adults
119th out of 120 books — 360 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,080)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Lisa
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary is an amazing retelling of the events leading up to the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march in 1965. Similar to Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice and We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March, this book uses photographs and anecdotes from the lives of ordinary people who were part of the extraordinary - The Civil Rights Movement. The book, though nonfiction, reads like a narrative with its cast of charac ...more
CH13_Meghan Schultz
Marching for Freedom documents the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of children. The book begins in 1965 Salem, Alabama and follows the march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Montgomery, Alabama. Each page is filled with authentic photography taken throughout this time period and is accompanied by stories of children who participated in the march. The book shines light one the extreme violence several children endured in order to march alongside Dr. King.

This book is beyond wonderful!
...more
529_Regina
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary
by: Elizabeth Partridge
Intermediate and up Viking (2009) 72p.
ISBN-10: 0670011894 $14.95

"From a child up at that time, you was taught to fear them." Elizabeth Partridge took the well know civil rights march from Montgomery to Selma, and showed it through the lens of the children and teens who participated in the marches. Ms. Partridge's accounts are interchanged with first hand accounts and summative narratives was spell bindi
...more
N_maheenayub
The clear black and white photos in this book are honestly what first captured my attention. The photos are taken from 1965, some are brutal and others are inspiring. They help capture the reader's attention as she reads about the days before "Bloody Sunday," when African Americans attempted to march to Selma, Alabama in order to gain the right to vote, but were injured along the way by state troopers. The nonfiction book continues with the eventual march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The p ...more
Justin
This book details the struggle faced by black Americans in Selma, Alabama to overcome the obstacles placed before them to register to vote. The story is centered on an historic march from Selma to Montgomery. Although it is told largely from the perspective of the young students involved in the struggle, the author does not soften the issue. Rather, Partridge uses descriptive language and direct quotations from participants of the events and combines them with powerful black and white photograp ...more
Jessica Lee
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary is an incredibly moving novel, written by Elizabeth Partridge. She tells us the stories of many young African American people who risked their life to march and fight for their rights. This is a historical event that everyone in America knows about, but Partridge is able to give her readers a unique insight to these events, being told as by young African Americans and even giving readers pictures to go with the journeys desc ...more
Aliyah Inge-hanif
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge is a nonfiction book for the ages of ten years old and up. Its is an ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers and a Cybils Awards Nominee for Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction. This book has a lot of historical pictures from the nineteen sixties. The books and these pictures talk about the movement for voting rights for African Americans.
It focuses on the children in Salem ,Alabama during the time
...more
Ashley Saunders
Partridge, E. (2009) Marching for freedom: walk together, children, and don't you grow weary. New York. Penguin Group

Information

Booklist Starred Review

This is a fantastic book to teach children about the struggle African Americans face when trying to vote in the 60s. The book offers images that go along with the true story that Elizabeth Partridge presents. The reader learns about about the events that occurred in Selma, Alabama and particularly the events that occurred on March 7, 1965 which is
...more
Caelyn Pietila
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary written by Elizabeth Patridge is a book that shows America’s history of being prejudice towards African Americans. This story is directly aimed towards the civil Rights Movements, and mentions stories about famous civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks. This book should be read to every student in school since this is such an important topic in America’s history. I would read this story to my s ...more
Kodi Jones
Apr 28, 2014 Kodi Jones added it
Shelves: history
I love stories that tell of real, historical events. The Civil Rights Movement was a truly moving piece of United States history. Elizabeth Partridge focuses on the children who persevered through cruel conditions to walk along side Martin Luther King Jr. It does a fantastic job of implying how hard it really was for some people during this era. Some of the images make your stomach turn, as they are cruel, but honest in displaying what it was like back then. The author shows the culture of what ...more
Betsy
One Sentence Review: One of the best covers of the year on one of the best books of the year, and I appreciated the length in particular.
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Marching for Freedom tells the story of hundreds of men, women and children who marched in Selma, Alabama in the 1960s to help win black Americans the right to vote.

In 1963 Joanne Blackmon was ten. She went to the courthouse with her Grandmother so that her Grandmother could register to vote. They waited in line for hours and finally were arrested and put in jail. An old lady and a little girl…arrested…for patiently waiting in line.

That’s how it was in 1963. If a black person wanted to register
...more
 (NS) Amie
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge is a moving portrait of how the children of the Civil Rights Movement propelled the movement forward and changed history. These children had to stand up and fight when their parents and teachers couldn’t for fear of losing their jobs and possibly their lives. Many of the brave children were beaten up, thrown into jail and, in some cases, killed. A 2009 Cybils Award nominee finalist and a 2010 ALA Notab ...more
Maricor
Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge (2009)
Marching for Freedom captures the tale of the African Americans in Selma, Alabama who struggled for the right to vote in the civil rights movement in 1965. Elizabeth Partridge shares the events in Selma leading up to the march to Montgomery which eventually involved over 30,000 African Americans and other civil rights activists. Using storytelling to reawaken the time period and events, Partridge creates an emotional story full of fear, hope, and
...more
Sunday
This is a fantastic book for middle school students. From the first line this narrative is gripping - "The first time Joanne Blackmon was arrested, she was just ten years old." Partridge tells the story of the children and young adolescents who risked their lives to protest for their parents' right to vote. They were arrested, jailed, beaten along the way. The visuals - primary source photographs - are compelling and can easily serve as conversation starters.

Recommended for reading aloud or smal
...more
Jacki
Summary: A look at the events surrounding and leading up to the Selma freedom march, told partly from the perspective of teenagers who were involved.

Verdict: A must for the middle school American history classroom.

Yay!: Finding people who were teen participants in the marches and telling their stories here is an inspired idea. The narrow focus (not trying to tell the entire story of the civil rights movement in a slim book) allows for greater detail about the events covered. Mood-setting element
...more
Erica
Book talk: The ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870 prohibited denying anyone the right to vote based on race, but in Alabama in 1965, they found enough ways to get around that amendment that even though half the population of Selma was black, 99 % of the voters were white. In 1965 the people of Selma decided to make a stand by marching to protest the unfair voting practices. The marchers were jailed, bombs were set off in the houses of the leaders, protesters were fired from their jobs, a ...more
Judith
Elizabeth Partridge, author of John Lennon: All I want is the Truth and The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange, recounts the gripping days in 1965 that led up to the march from Selma to Montgomery, Al in Marching for Freedom. Instead of focusing on the key players of the Civil Rights Movement, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Partridge discusses the role that children and teens had on this historic movement. Partridge does not weigh the reader down with historic fact after historic fact, but recoun ...more
Elizabeth
Elizabeth Partridge tells the moving story of young people’s role in the civil rights struggle.to get the vote in Selma, Alabama. The book opens with ten year old Joanne Blackmon’s first arrest when she accompanied her grandmother as she tried to register to vote in 1963. The narrative continues chronologically, highlighting the role played by youth. Adults could lose their jobs or even their lives if they protested, so the high school students were at the forefront of this struggle. The powerfu ...more
Andrew
In honor of Dr. King's birthday I wanted to read a book on something to do with his life. While not a very large book, it's a great read. Marching for Freedom tells the story of Dr. King's voting rights march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. This book demonstrates the power of non-violence and the strength of standing up for what is right.

It seems every time I pick up a book on American history I am further amazed at the rich, complex stories that are there. The courage that these men
...more
Jennifer
Marching For Freedom will challenge your thinking about what children are capable of. Elizabeth Partridge tells the story of the struggles of African Americans in Selma, Alabama in 1963 who were trying to register to vote. They were bullied and intimidated by local authorities, made to take an unfairly administered “literacy test” and charged a poll tax. The blacks wanted the right to vote but they had to join together in a peaceful protest to make their voices heard.

The author tells the story
...more
Keely Wells
Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge tells the story of deadly protests that took place in 1965. The book focuses on children who stood up for their rights even though they knew they would be facing horrific violence. I thought this book was very moving, because it tells the story of African Americans gaining the right to vote. I also really enjoyed the old photographs to provide the reader with a visual representation.
The book portrays the criteria by having cultural accuracy and authe
...more
Homewood Public Library
Elizabeth Partridge, author of John Lennon: All I want is the Truth and The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange, recounts the gripping days in 1965 that led up to the march from Selma to Montgomery, Al in Marching for Freedom. Instead of focusing on the key players of the Civil Rights Movement, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Partridge discusses the role that children and teens had on this historic movement. Partridge does not weigh the reader down with historic fact after historic fact, but recoun ...more
Josephine
There was no question that I had to pick up Elizabeth Partridge's new book Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary. "Walk Together Children" is one of my favorite spirituals (you can even hear me perform it as part of my Songs of the Civil War Era lecture) and Elizabeth Partridge is the author of that stunning Woody Guthrie biography I was so taken with back in 2008. Resistance was futile.

Marching for Freedom covers the time period surrounding the 1965 Selma to Mont
...more
Samantha
Elizabeth Partridge’s Marching For Freedom tells stories from the civil rights movement in Selma, Alabama. The stories are frequently told from the children’s perspective, which makes the book, which is written for children ten and up, more engaging for children. Marching For Freedom has won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.

Partridge explains her inspiration and identifies her research well at the end of the book. She includes an author’s note explaining her inspiration for the book, which
...more
Hannah
This book is on the more advanced end of the text set (4th-6th grade level), and would therefore be taught at the end of the unit. This tells the true story of the march on Selma. This is a nonfiction text. The author interviewed people who actually participated in the march, making this book full of personal, rich information. This makes it stand out from other nonfiction books in the text set, which are written from research alone and not from personal interviews with people who were alive at ...more
Donna
In 1965, segregation persisted in Alabama, and African Americans were often arrested while attempting to register to vote. This is the story of the grass roots civil rights movement in Selma, where children and teenagers were recruited to join adults in non-violent protest against absurd voter registration requirements. It's shocking to see photographs of young boys dressed in striped prison uniforms and chains after being arrested. Many of these young protesters were arrested multiple times. Th ...more
Kristine
This book didn't make as big of an impression on me as I'd hoped... maybe I need to take another look at it, but I feel the book could have benefitted from more nonfiction features such as a timeline. The book was mostly large pictures with writing, and I just didn't feel there was enough structure for a reader to grab onto to be able to recall events and ideas later.

So, the book was OK. Two stars seems like a low rating, but the book was ok.
Rachel Pederson
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary is a powerful book that shows and describes to readers the hatred toward African Americans in the 60’s. Taking place during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, this book goes into great detail about the marches that took place in order to achieve the right to vote. Chapters include vivid details from the preparations for the march, to the horrible photos and dialogue of the events that happened on Bloody Sunday. In the e ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 35 36 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Frog Scientist
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
  • Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
  • Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
  • We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March
  • The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum
  • The War to End All Wars: World War I
  • Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting
  • Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
  • They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
  • Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
  • If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge
  • Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
  • Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
  • Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal
  • The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
  • John Brown: His Fight for Freedom
  • Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry
John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and  Songs of Woody Guthrie Dogtag Summer Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Share This Book