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Let the Children March

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,426 ratings  ·  390 reviews
I couldn't play on the same playground as the white kids. 
I couldn't go to their schools.  
I couldn't drink from their water fountains.  
There were so many things I couldn't do. 

In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept bl
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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An account of the responsibility the children took on during the marches in the 60s. The parents had bosses and jobs to pay the bills. They couldn’t be the ones to march. So the children, who didn’t have those responsibilities did the dangerous marching. It was their bravery that began to change things. 2 months after the march, the children could play on the white playgrounds and do other things they hadn’t been allowed to do before.

I tell you what, those kids sure did have courage. More courag
Dave Schaafsma
“I couldn’t play on the same playground as the white kids. I couldn’t go to their schools. I couldn’t drink from their water fountains.”

“Let the children march. They will lead the way.”

In 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called for an army of peaceful protesters to mobilize against Jim Crow Laws and to fight for African American freedom. But the jobs of adults were threatened, so Birmingham's children answered his call.

“Don’t worry about your children. They’re going to
Stunning illustrations with accessible, engaging text for young readers. Don't miss the timeline in the endpapers and additional resources in the back matter. ...more
Stephanie Anze
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The path may be long and troubled, but I'm gonna walk on!"

In May 1963, thousands of brave children took to the streets of Birmingham, Alabama to march for their rights. They were received by a hostile white police force, water hoses, batons and dogs. Many were jailed and yet more children showed up, day after day to keep on marching. Their perseverance and sheer bravery are depicted in this wonderful book.

Last year I read 'The Youngest Marcher' by Cynthia Levinson which featured Audrey Faye Hen
Amelia Loken
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A heart-warming and heart-wrenching picture book about the rarely discussed Children's March in Birmingham, Alabama. This book, in its artfully simple language and beautiful illustrations, tells how children volunteered to join in the Civil Rights movement, when the financial repercussions were too dangerous for their parents. The children faced angry neighbors, police dogs, and firehoses. The violence done against them, captured in film and showed on national television, helped sway the opinion ...more
Jillian Heise
Wow. A powerful book that is a must-share for any civil rights studies. With a story that draws you in with stunning, emotional illustrations, it can be shared beyond just the content connection as a story of humanity. Beautiful! Would pair well with The Youngest Marcher.
Kerri Kokias
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A powerful and empowering story about the role of children in a piece of the Civil Rights movement. Important history AND a timeless lesson on being brave and standing up for what is right.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: jf-e
Really powerful, moving and true story but has some intense content parents should be aware of.
Dorothia Rohner
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Shanda McCloskey
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Let the Children March” by Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison - 5 stars! I found this story to be captivating. It is a story of how children took the place of their parents in a Birmingham, AL freedom march. How they suffered and succeeded. How they protected their parents’ jobs. How silly it must’ve looked (and symbolic) to see strong white men blasting peaceful marching black children and then sending them to jail for simply … marching. And how change actually came from it! ...more
Elle Evans
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This powerful picture book is the perfect combination of compelling story, gorgeous prose, and beautiful images. A real story of children heroes during the Civil Rights era, it's so relevant for today. Readers will sink into the richly detailed paintings, which pull the reader in and surprise them with unexpected perspectives. Some images are intense, such as when the children are being hosed by police, but there's so much dark reality that children must face these days, and this is ultimately a ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
In 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama, blacks were not free. Parents were afraid of losing their jobs, so the children were sent to march.

A powerful story with wonderful illustrations that reminds children of the power of peacefully demonstrating to right wrongs.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book to read with your child and have a conversation during and after!
Michele Knott
So glad I purchased this one. It's one I'll read every year and I think it will reach many readers. I hope this book will get readers of today thinking more about changing the future. ...more
Alex  Baugh
In 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called for an army of peaceful protesters to mobilize against Jim Crow Laws and to fight for African American freedom. But if adults marched, they knew there would be trouble with their jobs and they had families to take care of. King's call was answered by Birmingham's children. Despite the fears of the narrator's parents, she and her brother choose to march in their place, knowing that they might be arrested. The young marchers face ...more
Laura Giessler
Fantastic portrayal of the role of the Children's March in the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, AL in May 1963. Told from a child's POV, the text and inspired illustrations make this event in history accessible to children. These are parts of history that we all need to teach and learn--how and where organizers gathered to plan, the role of protests, the response of the police, the attitudes of many bystanders, the impact of television news coverage, the passage of civil rights legislation. ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is hard for me to express what I love the most about this book. Is is the story itself? The illustrations? Or could it be the additional resources that complement the tale? Read for yourself and decide!
Seema Rao
The Civil Rights Movement is expressed from a children's point of view. The text is clear and broadly age appropriate, and the illustrations are wonderfully detailed. ...more
Joey (theboywho_reads)
I really enjoyed this one! I thought it was pretty cool to have a fictional account of the 1963 Birmingham Children’s Crusade, something I didn’t know about. It was interesting getting more information on the Birmingham campaign (something I’ve learned in my years of history classes), and getting the timeline of what happened after this children’s march was cool. This was short, quick, and easy to follow, and I would love to get the book one day to fully enjoy a reread of this. Highly recommend ...more
Ivy Armitage
Let The Children March is a book about African American children protesting for freedom because their parents couldn't or they would lose their jobs. This reminds me of Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper. There is one chapter when Stella goes with her father to a neighboring town to exercise his right to vote. Stella, her dad, and several of her dad's friends were not treated very well because of the color of their skin. The white people made the voting process very difficult an
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson is a Coretta Scott King Award in 2019. I came across the book while on the America Library Association website. The book contains a timeline of events leading up to the Birmingham Children's Crusade and after. The book is narrated by a girl viewing the segregation in her town. Her parents were fearful of losing their jobs so Dr. King agreed that children were old enough to fight for freedom and march. The children marched for a few days and many we ...more
Shaye Miller
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this gorgeous picture book, we meet the children and teens of Birmingham who forever changed the world in 1963. When Dr. King gave a call to action, parents knew they couldn’t march or they would lose their jobs or be jailed — unable to take care of their children. That’s when the children rose up and offered to march. On Thursday, May 2nd, they dressed in their best and marched in silence, hand in hand. They were yelled at, threatened with dogs, sprayed with water, and sent to jail. But day ...more
Carmen Hernandez
Great historical fiction book with captivating illustration that have the reader glue to every page. This book informs readers of all ages about the Birmingham Children's Crusade of 1963 and their powerful achievement. It also teaches young readers about the power they posses to change the world if they really care strong enough about a cause. It teaches them that their voice and ideas are important and they have the right to be heard and taken seriously. That sometimes the path is not easy but ...more
Emily Keebler
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Starting with the end papers that serve as a timeline of events this historical picture book title teaches kids about the kids who marched for equal rights during the Civil Rights Movement.

The saturation of color achieved through oil on illustration board is beautiful. The perspective achieved by just showing the tops of the two children walking is powerful and even more so is the one of all the African American children in jail being guarded by a White police officer.

Inspirational for kids wh
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-307
Great book! Such an important time in history for all to read about. Great illustrations and a powerful message for children. I would categorize this book under the genre of historical fiction. Children did march and I like how the author included dates and pictures of what really happened during this time. As a teacher I would use this book in classrooms 1-5. Maybe even middle school. We all learn about this time in history in school and this book is very fitting.
Katie Reilley
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vibrant illustrations and short, concise text help tell the story of the Birmingham Children’s March in 1963, where brave children courageously faced hatred and danger by using their voices to make a change.

The endpages are also stunning, sharing a historical timeline of the events taking place in 1963. I’ll definitely be reading this to my students for #classroombookaday.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children's activist, black and civil rights requests
Inspirational, vibrant book about the Children's March. ...more
Powerful story of when in 1963 children marched in protest of segregation and where many were hosed and arrested.
Stunning illustrations and beautifully written. Especially like the end notes.
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