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I Am Rosa Parks

(Ordinary People Change the World)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  974 ratings  ·  245 reviews
"We can all be heroes" is the message entertainingly told in this picture-book biography series from #1 New York Times Bestselling author Brad Meltzer.

"Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it," Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography - for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Dial Books (first published June 1st 2014)
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Dov Zeller
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book belongs to a series of biographies, and the subjects (at least so far) are drawn in a way that makes them look like kids even when they grow up (their age doesn't seem to change, but other people are represented in adult form). I find it jarring and a little off-putting, but Lena (my 6 year old neighbor) looooooves these books and is very happy with the art as is.

This biography isn't doing too much new in terms of kids picture books about Rosa Parks but for its particular cartoon aest
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Rosa Park...I have never come across this name! I didn't know who was she, I didn't know what she is famous for, I didn't know anything until I found this little book!

This beautiful book made me sad, very sad. I knew that the practice of racism in earlier times was really bad, but this! God! There used to be different water fountains for colored people and they had to use different lifts in buildings! They couldn't even sit on the first row of buses! How pathetic things were!

Rosa Park was also
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the 8th book I've read of Brad Meltzer's I AM children series of books. After finishing I AM ROSA PARKS, I ordered the rest of the books of the series, convinced that Meltzer is not capable of writing a bad one. The subjects are varied and unique, the message about 'ordinary people changing the world' through their persistence and courage is wonderful, and the illustrations are top-notch. I can't say it enough...these books are a MUST for any child's library. In addition, adults will fin ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
"Always stand up for yourself."

At a young age Rosa Parks was taught to not only respect others, but also respect herself. Respecting one's self is empowering. It is something that helped Rosa in standing her ground, and standing up for herself when she wasn't being treated fairly or with respect. It proved vital in her powerful stance for change during a time of segregation in our country. She is an example of how one person can make a huge impact in a world that is afraid of change. She peacefu
So, just like I am Helen Keller, I read I am Rosa Parks for my PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge.

This time I was not as surprised at how adorable it was, because I had already read I am Helen Keller, but it was still uber cute and very informative.

Seriously, if you have kiddos, these are great little books about important figures in history. I would seriously recommend them!
Maria Rojas
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
I LOVED this book! I am Rosa Parks is the wonderful biography told in kid friendly language about the brave Rosa Parks and the events that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Civil Rights movement for equality and desegregation. It is told from Rosa Park's point of view. It is a blend of graphic novel with narrative and at the end of the book it has real life pictures. I loved how it tells us about Rosa Parks and her various incidents in her life and how she stood up for herself in a very ...more
Marissa Raimondi
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer is a part of the Ordinary People Change the World series. This biography, along with the others in the series, is an engaging way for children to learn about the history and lives of people who have had such an outstanding impact on our world today. This is a wow book for me because of the way it is written in a friendly, conversational way. This really bring the books to life for younger children.

I purchased this book through Scholastic for my classroom library a
Sydney Schupp
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm-335
This is a wonderfully written biography about Rosa Parks that I would read to my 4th and 5th grade students. This book does a great job of encapsulating and informing all ages of readers in the admirable life of Rosa Parks. It accurately and appropriately displays the struggles she and many others underwent during that time due to the color of their skin. Not only is this book well-written, but it is also beautifully illustrated. The images in this book do a great job at showcasing the hardships ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As part of @BLMAtSchool week I am reading "I am Rosa Parks" to my K-2 students.
Part of the Ordinary People Change The World series, each book tells and engaging story of one of America’s icons in a way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers. A great segue to the Who Was biography series.
This series is the perfect way to bring American history to life for young children, providing them with the right role models and inspiring them to dream big, because each of these hero's started of
Nancy Kotkin
A picture book biography of Rosa Parks, one of the books in the Ordinary People Change the World series. The fact that Rosa Parks looks like a child throughout the book, even when she has grown up, is confusing. The use of first-person narration as well as the invented dialogue place this book in an odd hybrid category blending fact with fiction, perhaps most appropriately labelled as historical fiction rather than biography.
Andria Davis
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a biography written as if Rosa Parks was telling her story herself. This book tells her story while also telling the story of segregation. The story describes the different drinking fountains, schools, etc for the different races and then talks about what Rosa Parks did for people of her race and what it resulted in.

I thought this book was very well written in a way that kids would be able to understand without getting frightened of that time. I think it also did a very good job explaini
A lot of words for Ingrid, and I simplified some. But she really liked it. She fixates lately on people who are mean, so she wanted to read certain pages over and over. Hard for me to explain so many times, but I know she's trying to grasp the idea of racism when she does this.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Got goose bumps reading this. Sparked an important conversation with my 4 & 6 year old.
Connie Kim
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books

In this biography of Rosa Parks, she explains the differences in how blacks and whites were treated during the time she was growing up. She begins with experiences from her childhood when she was blamed unfairly for things solely because of the color of her skin. Then she moves on to talk about two different instances where she was treated with disrespect on the Montgomery city bus because she was black. These parts of Rosa Parks' life demonstrate the cruel reality of how segregation
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Ruth and the Green Book
By Calvin Alexander Ramsey
Copyright: 2010
Historical Fiction

Rationale and Connections for Twin Text:
*Both have strong female characters.
*Both are set in the 1950’s South during the time of the Jim Crow Laws of discrimination.
*Both reveal the pain of discrimination.
*Both reveal strength in the face of hardships.

Text Structure of nonfiction book:
*Chronological Order: Tells the story of Rosa’s life and provides a timeline.
*Cause and Effect: Clearly tells how the actions (cause
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read in this Brad Meltzer biography series for kids. He does an exceptional job, and the mixture of text and graphic-novel-like speech clouds has been a surefire hit for all the kids I've shared these books with. This one is more about the civil rights movement including Rosa Parks' huge part in it than her actual life (not a problem) - it's a wonderful overview and starting place for young kids on the roots of the civil right movement! Real photos of Ms. Parks at th ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the way this story is told. The illustrations are great and I really think young kids will be inspired to stand up for themselves and what they think is right.
I want to read the rest of the series!
Kelly Veatch
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Excellent book about Rosa Parks! The book teaches kids to stand up for themselves when someone is mistreating them.
Katherine Guy
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“I am Rosa Parks. I’m not a politician, or a president, or an actor, or a famous business owner. I’m just an ordinary person. But I am also proof that there’s no such thing as an ordinary person.”

Brad Meltzer’s historical fiction, I am Rosa Parks, is a fantastic read for children. He explores the important facts that illuminate racial inequality in Alabama during the early to mid 1900s. As a child, Rosa Parks was taught to respect herself and to expect respect from others. Although she grew up
Nathan Albright
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge-2018
Like many people of my generation, I first learned about Rosa Parks thanks to the rap group Outkast.  And while some people were offended by the reference made in that song, it squared with my own experience riding the bus in high school in one of Tampa's more ethnically diverse neighborhoods where almost all of my neighbors were black.  (Note:  I am not.)  Rosa Parks is considered a hero essentially for one act, and that is refusing to get up from her seat in the bus.  During the time, blacks w ...more
Nov 30, 2017 added it
Title: I am Rosa Parks
Author: Brad Meltzer
Illustrator: Christopher Eliopoulos
Genre: Biography
Theme(s): Civil rights, racism
Opening line/sentence: “I am Rosa Parks.”
Brief Book Summary: Rosa Parks talks about experiencing racism growing up, starting from her childhood to how she started the Montgomery Bus Boycott as an adult. She tells the reader that she was taught to respect herself and she deserved the same right as white people.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
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Erin Penn
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Who says biographies are inaccessible old stuffy stories read only by adults?

"I am Rosa Parks" is a lively, engaging story aimed at elementary school readers. If more of these existed when I was a child, I might have developed the habit of reading biographies instead of fiction.

The story captures a time different from today and should be read with the supervision of adults to explain the differences, why things changed, and how we work on making the changes stick. This is very much a HISTORY boo
Jaclyn Golino
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer is a children’s biography picture book designed for ages 3-5. This book is a biography of Rosa Parks who details the racial discrimination she has endured in her life; it also recounts her numerous attempts of peaceful protest, such as the start of the Alabama Bus Boycott. I rated this book five stars because of its effective usage of literary elements. The plot follows the life of Parks all the way from childhood to adulthood. As a child, Rosa stood up for hersel ...more
Madison Cosby
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
I Am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer is a biography. I would use this book in 3rd grade as a read aloud, and in 4th and 5th maybe have the children read it independently depending on where they are at. It is heavy material because she was kicked off buses and treated differently because her skin color.

One way I would use this in my classroom would be to talk about always treating each other well. Not bullying each other based on who they are or any reason for that matter. I think this could also be
Morgan Baumbach
Genre: Biography Recommended grade level: prek -2nd Format: Picture book
Major Awards: n/a
Summary: This book follows the life and struggles of Rosa Parks. The author includes a lot about the history of racism against African Americans. Rosa Parks is a woman who learned to respect herself, expect respect, and respect others at a young age. This book highlights the struggles that young African American people faced. It follows Rosa Parks all the way up to and beyond her famous city bus ride.

Abby Everson
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book starts from the beginning of her life and shows how she got treated differently when she was younger. One time, a white boy pushed her over and she pushed back, but the mom yelled intensely at her because she was black. It then went through how there were different elevators, segregated schools, separate water fountains, and divided sections of the bus for those of color. It then told the story how she began to work for rights of those of color. It told the story of when she didn’t mov ...more
Hailey Henley
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-6-10
This book truly reflected Rosa Parks life and how she was a big part of the movement for civil rights. Rosa grew up in Alabama and through her whole life she was discriminated against due to her color. She was not going to have it any more and she stopped using the restrooms, elevators and water fountains reserved for the color to protest in her own way. Rosa stood up for her self and her race when she was riding the bus one day and she would not give up her seat for a white man. Rosa sparked a ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This read was very outstanding in the way of connecting to the children that read it, and even me as an adult. Brad Meltzer took topics of African-American heroes and created a conversational piece for children. In this story, we hear the background of Rosa Parks, a woman who stood for what she believed in. Throughout the book, the story makes great contrasting points about her small size compared to the very large determination she had. I loved this because it creates a picture for young girls ...more
Marissa Ebert
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-stories
This book has not won any awards.

"I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World)" is appropriate for pre-k to second grade students.

This book is about Rosa Parks and her life. It talks about her childhood and the experiences she had. It talks about race as well, which is an important topic to speak openly about with children. Rosa learns to stand up for herself, and to fight for what is important. This book also explains what it was like for black people in America during segregation.

I love
Kimberly Magrady
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This children's book tells the true and historical story of Rosa Parks and how she impacted the Civil Rights Movement. It begins with her as a child during the era where African Americans were discriminated and segregated. Rosa Parks struggles as a child trying to understand why her skin color makes her different from any other person. As she grew older, Rosa Parks slowly got tired of giving in to being treated poorly and one day stood up for not only herself, but other African Americans. Well i ...more
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book, The Escape Artist, debuted at #1 on the bestseller list.
In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller lis

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