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The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

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For most children these days it would come as a great shock to know that before 1967, they could not marry a person of a race different from their own. That was the year that the Supreme Court issued its decision in Loving v. Virginia.

This is the story of one brave family: Mildred Loving, Richard Perry Loving, and their three children. It is the story of how Mildred and Ri
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published January 6th 2015)
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Betsy
When the Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2015 that same-sex couples could marry in all fifty states, I found myself, like many parents of young children, in the position of trying to explain the ramifications to my offspring. Newly turned four, my daughter needed a bit of context. After all, as far as she was concerned gay people had always had the right to marry so what exactly was the big deal here? In times of change, my back up tends to be children’s books that discuss similar, but not ident ...more
Celeste_pewter
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A friend once sagely remarked to me that it it's important to have meaningful literature for younger kids, because it helps make a big difference in how they begin to view the world. They learn to be more open and more accepting, and eventually help pass that openess and acceptance on to future generations.

I've read many picture books that have fit that criteria over the years, but none which have struck a chord with me as much as The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage. Author
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Henry Martin
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
An important nonfiction book for young readers.

Through the simple storytelling and child-like illustrations, young readers are introduced to the Loving family, an interracial couple whose right to marry was denied in Virginia so they wedded in DC. Shortly after their return home, they were arrested for being in an 'unlawful cohabitation" and were told to leave Virginia if they wanted to remain married.
They moved to DC, but eventually took their case all the way to the US Supreme Court and won.
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Katherine
Children's books are not well-served by omitting or straight-up changing history. There's a few inaccuracies that I'm assuming are intentional. There's little discussion of how local law enforcement stalked the couple, and little discussion of their stays in jail which they endured. No mention of the drives Richard made in order to have a job and live somewhere where his marriage would be legal. The book makes a cute note of how after the couple was married, they couldn't wait to start a family ...more
Christina
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-kids
In the author note, Selina Alko makes the case that the story of the Lovings is as important in the heritage of her children as those of their parents and grandparents and extended family. Similar reasoning led me to pick up this book when I saw it at my local library and bring it home to share with my children, who are the product of an interracial marriage and who also have grandparents with an interracial marriage.

At home we are ourselves, the differences in the tones of our skin and texture
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Abby Johnson
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I mean... I guess I wonder who is going to read this book. I love the art. I think it's important for kids to know that there was a time when interracial marriage was illegal (hopefully that is unthinkable to them now). But I just wonder if the elementary school kids this book is aimed at will actually read (or care about) a book about marriage. Prove me wrong! Tell me your elementary students are picking up this book and relating to it and it's making them think! I did buy it for our collection ...more
Jennifer
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this at my library. I like this book, I love the art and this story is really good.
April
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
It blows my mind to think that it was illegal to marry someone outside of your race in America in my parent's lifetime. This is a moving and educational story of one interracial family's fight to make their marriage legal in their home state in the 1960s.
Tasha
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This nonfiction picture book tells of a history that will surprise modern American children. It is the story of love and one family that was brave enough to stand up to a racist law. Mildred and Richard Loving fell in love in the small town of Central Point, Virginia. They had different colored skin and so they were not allowed to get legally married in Virginia. So they crossed state lines into Washington, DC and got married there. When they returned to Virginia though, they were arrested for v ...more
Lori Irvine
I added this book to this text set because it tells the true story of Richard and Mildred loving, a biracial (interracial) couple who were not allowed to get married to each other because of their race in the year 1958. It explains the adversity this young couple lived through and even their arrest for “unlawful cohabitation.” The story is written in rhyming verse with illustrations, which were a collaborative effort for the husband and wife author/illustrators. This couple is also biracial and ...more
Ann
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't know of any picture books that cover this important subject (interracial marriage at a time before the Supreme Court ruled on "Loving v. Virginia). My favorite part of this book is that it is not about an ISSUE, as much as a story about real people who fought the law that could have sent them to jail, depending on where they lived. How wonderful that this real couple's last name was Loving (thus giving the title a double meaning).

Alko's text is straightforward and undramatic, with perfec
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Holly Mueller
I didn't realize before I read this book that the title is a play on words. Before 1967 interracial marriage was illegal in Virginia and sixteen other states, so when Richard(white)and Mildred Loving (African American and Cherokee) returned to their home state of Virginia after marrying in Washington, D.C., they were dramatically arrested in the middle of the night and locked up in jail. They were told they must return to Washington, D.C. if they wanted to remain married, so they did and had thr ...more
Linda
This story happened in my lifetime, hard to believe that once it was unlawful to marry someone of a different race. And just about the time I was getting married. Selina Alko and Sean Qualls are married and married in an interracial marriage, say they waited for the right story for their first book, and this is a great one. They lived in Virginia, one of five states still making this marriage unlawful, so they moved to Washington D.C. and married. But they missed their home; it was too busy in D ...more
Rina Lopez
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The case for love the fight for interracial marriage is a story that tell the realistic some couple has to deal. In this story the characters were white and black and in the state of Virginia the marriage was "unlawful cohabitation." The was again the law. The author explain that she married an African- American and she couldn't imagine that her marriage in the 1967 was not acceptable by the governments. This is a realist contemporary fiction book, because in the present couple of the same- sex ...more
Cynthia Daniels
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Through simple explanations and simple drawings, the author explains how people of different races (specifically Caucasian and African-Americans were not allowed to marry in the early 20th century. The last thing that mattered was that the couple was very much in love and wanted to start a family. Richard Loving was arrested and thrown in jail for marrying his African American sweetheart in the state of Virginia. This book could be shared with children who may be discussing the rights we have as ...more
Mary Ann
There are so many different ways into sharing The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage. The story centers around Richard and Mildred Loving, the interracial couple who challenged Virginia's laws forbidding interracial marriages and took their case all the way to the Supreme Court.

You might approach it as a story of two people who stand up and fight for what they think is right--a book about courage, civil rights and fighting for change. Or you might see it as a way to start talkin
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Olivia Reedy
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
This book is an inspirational, biography book that tells the great story of the Lovings and their fight for marriage equality. It goes on to describe their journey through their lives and the court to make their marriage legal. This book would be perfect for students of all ages if the goal was to inform them about the difficulties of equality before segregation laws came into place. It would even be a good book to lead into a discussion about the inequalities that still exist in the world today ...more
Chris
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is a SIX star book! Selina Alko writes the story perfectly. It couldn't have been told better, or illustrated more lovingly or well. Because this book is shelved in our library in the nonfiction section instead of the picture books, I almost missed it. It was because of the recent movie about the Lovings that it jumped out at me. Thanks goodness. I loved it. I want to own it. I want to share it with every 8, 9, 10 11, 55, or 88 year old I see. This is the story of the two people who fo ...more
Liz Murray
A beautifully illustrated introduction to the story of the people behind Loving versus Virginia-the Supreme Court decision that outlawed miscegenation laws. It came out in 2015 so a bit before the movie, Loving, but this is a good book to refer back to as it picks up the main points of the life story of Richard and Mildred Loving. The illustrations are made up of different media, including come 'cut-and-paste' techniques. The story is well synthesized for younger audiences, and also for older au ...more
Samantha
The true story of the Loving family is told here; the legality of their interracial marriage made its way all the way to the Supreme Court!

I liked the writing style. It helped readers unfamiliar with the case understand the historical atmosphere and takes a complex subject and breaks it down to its basic points so that children can grasp the problem and celebrate the solution.

Mixed media artwork really helps support the subject of a blended family. Back matter includes an author's note, info abo
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Brianna
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
this book is a must read to younger children because it talks about how difficult it was for interracial marriage in the 1950's because of segregation separating African Americans the whites. it also teaches them a little history about segregation in a way that they could understand it at a young age. this book shows children in my opinion never stop fighting for what you believe in no matter how difficult it may get sometimes just keep pushing because there will be brighter days
Beverly
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for the Mock Caldecott Awards. This is a wonderful book. The story itself is so beautifully told and at the back you find out that it's based on the life of the author and illustrators of the book. An interracial couple who want to be married but have to move to a state that allows blacks and whites to become man and wife.
Laura McLoughlin
A great overview of the Loving vs. Virginia case. The illustrations were very nice. I also liked the additional information in the back of the book. I thought this book is geared towards kids slightly older than my almost 5 year old, but will happily re-check it out from the library in a year or 2.
Mary
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nonfiction picture book chronicling the Loving vs. Virginia court case allowing interracial marriage throughout the country. Although this may be hard for young people to accept that this law was once necessary, its straightforward narrative accurately reflects the time and will still be relevant for discussions about prejudice.
ReadingWench
This is a fairly deep book. Although it is a AR 4.3, I do believe older kids could benefit from this book in learning history.

This book would be fantastic for Black History Month.

This book was published in 2015. There are many similarities in the unlawful marriages of interracial couples of yesterday and today's fight for gay and lesbian's to marry.

AR 4.3
Beth
A book many people will undoubtedly draw comparisons to the present day. An incredibly timely story. Which makes you wonder: how will history judge us based on the current fight for marriage equality?
Donalyn
Important and beautiful book about the Lovings and their court battle to overturn laws against interracial marriage. The author/illustrator/spouse team connect their own interracial marriage and current battles for same sex marriage to this historical case.
Wendy
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Written for children but every adult should read. So well done!
Alison
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The artwork is seriously amazing! I love that this book exists. It provides a child friendly introduction to race, love, and history.
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“In 1958, they [Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter] lived in the small town of Central Point, Virginia, where people every shade from the color of chamomile tea to summer midnight made their homes.” 0 likes
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