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I Am Rosa Parks

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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 of
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Dial Books (first published June 1st 2014)
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Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: history for kids
I don’t think this story, which is one of the first in this series, gives as much background on Rosa parks as some of the other books do. I feel like details of her are scant here.

This is pretty much about the buses and about Rosa not giving up her seat and starting the boycott. She changes laws here and that’s no small thing. There wasn’t a whole lot to learn besides how terrible school for people of color were back then. It was such an unfair society. So, that is a big deal to learn, but I fel
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
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
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
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
Kim Bakos
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to give this book to my granddaughter!
Some of the reviewers have commented on how confusing it is that Rosa is drawn as a child throughout the book. I think with the target age group that this book is obviously for, that is a non-issue. I've never had my kids, when they were younger, wonder why the character isn't getting older in the illustrations. Plus, the pictures are just there to get the child engaged - the text is where the heart of the story is.
This is a great, simply writt
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
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.
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!
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This book is written in the first person and because of that, this book resonated with my kids in a way that other Rosa Parks books haven’t. We also had good conversations about good intentions vs bad intentions and standing up for yourself and others. My kids love this book!
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.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Got goose bumps reading this. Sparked an important conversation with my 4 & 6 year old. ...more
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
Mariam Jaroush
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I Am Rosa Parks", is one of my many WOW books that I truly enjoyed reading in class this semester. I liked how this book shows the importance of a person being courageous and strong no matter what size and gender they are. This picture book is a great way to introduce students to powerful women that had a huge impact on our society, and allows them to look up to amazing role models such as Rosa Parks.
This book can be geared towards a third and fourth grade level as a great biography about fe
Tonya Morrison
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: week6
Text to teaching
Black History Month
The story of Rosa Parks can complicate Kindergarten students, and this is an excellent book about her story to introduce the topic and help ensure that students know exactly what happened. After reading the story to the students, I will ask the students questions about the story and if they think the bus boycott was a good idea and why they feel boycott worked. During the art class, give the students a black and white copy of pictures of Rosa Parks bus boycott
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
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:
Kirkus Reviews
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
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
Brooke Leithead
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
The book I Am Rosa Parks written by Brad Meltzer is a biography written on Rosa Parks. This story tells of Rosa Parks growing up and how she never thought that the unfair treatment of blacks was okay. It showed her growing up and growing to want to change the way that the United States had treated black people and decided to take a stand for herself and for others. It told her story of remaining in her seat on the bus and not budging for a white man which sparked a movement of all black people f ...more
Joanne Roberts
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cartoony characters and plenty of humor in first person format. Depicts briefly the times in which MC lived and how her upbringing influenced her thinking and her decisions, and effected change. Ends with a positive message: All people are equal. Treat others with kindness.
Dawn Feicht
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Based on Rosa Parks, this was a fantastic book! The illustration was well done, organized and had the story come alive. This would be a great book to read to the class or even have in your classroom. I love how this book gives information on the culture so children have an understanding.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best children's biography I have read about Rosa Parks. So far.
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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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