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Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

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It was February 1, 1960.
They didn't need menus. Their order was simple.

A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.

This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 3rd 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Don't treat people like the hole in a donut (i.e. invisible). Don't segregate but integrate.
Another powerful story from Audible's "Hear My Story" collection. "Practising peace while others showed hatred is hard" but this story shows it can be done. A lot has changed since 1960 but more change needs to happen. Below is a recipe for integration from the book. I'm not hiding it as a spoiler because I think we all need to heed the advice.
#antiracist #equality #civilrights #justice #blacklivesmatte
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
This history book is a wonderful collaboration by a wife (story) and husband (illustrator) team. It relates the famous occurrence of the four young African-American men, who in 1960 sat down at a Woolworth’s counter and tried to get served at a whites only segregated restaurant, and how their act inspired others to also get involved in the civil rights integration movement, and how they succeeded after a groundswell they helped create. This book was published 50 years after these events. So, I w ...more
Barb Middleton
A great message of the sit-in at Woolworths. I like how the author uses the structure of a menu and reflects it in the narrative. A recipe against racism.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Readers Interested in the History of the Civil Rights Movement
Author/illustrator team Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney (also wife and husband), who have collaborated on such titles as Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride and the 1999 Caldecott Honor Book Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra , once again turn to the African-American experience in Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, chronicling the extraordinary story of the four young college students - David, Joseph, Franklin, and Ezell - whose courageous actions, i ...more
Paul  Hankins
Celebrate the first day of Black History Month with this picture book that revisits the four young men who sat steadfast at the counter of a Woolworth's sparking a longer, extended sit-in across southern states (the sit-in began February 1st, 1962). Andrea Davis Pinkney and her illustrator husband, Brian Pinkney, take us to the counter with striking illustrations and informative narration which includes a Civil Rights Timeline included at the end of the book. ...more
Ms Threlkeld
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
"Be loving enough to absorb evil." - MLK, Jr. This picture book tackles an important event in history in a way that is very accessible to young readers. The language is clear, despite some higher level vocabulary and potentially tricky concepts, and the illustrations elevate the text perfectly. The book also includes a brief timeline of the civil rights movement and resources for further learning. ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Four college students sat down at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, on February 1, 1960. No one waited on them. All four young men were black, and the lunch counter was segregated. A police officer came, but he could do nothing. Finally the man from Woolworth's closed down the store.

The next day more people came to the lunch counter.

The movement spread to many other cities.

Others responded to the sit-ins with violence. Those who participated in the sit-ins did not re
Coley Adkins
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Beautifully illustrated and written picture book Sit In by Andrea Pinkney has a mixture of poetry and captivating prose. She starts the book with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, “We hate with love”. It then tells the historic adventure of The Greensboro Four, David, Ezell, Joseph and Franklin. Pinkney uses the metaphor “At first they were treated like the hole in a doughnut - invisible”. She then builds upon this metaphor throughout the book. While on their brave journey, Pinkne ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
Greensboro, North Carolina - February 1960 was the beginning of a movement in civil rights by the unwavering patience of four gentlemen who just wanted a doughnut and coffee. What a wonderful way to present this difficult subject with my first grade class. The feeling of being treated like a second class citizen in this country known for its’ equal rights and freedom is what must have led David, Joseph, Franklin and Ezell to follow Dr. Martin Luther King’s wise words. Their decision to sit, and ...more
Sit-In is an informational book about the Greensboro Four who fought for segregation during the Civil Rights Movement. I would use this for a read-aloud to 3rd-5th grade.
In my future classroom, I would use this book for a civil rights movement week where I could teach the students about that movement, and how these people made a difference in their community and country. I would tie this back to the fact that even they can make a difference, and take action against things they disagree with. Th
Kelsee Palmer
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This informational text tells the story of how four African American college students decide to sit at a lunch counter in Greensboro, NC even though only whites were allowed. Their plan was to stay at the lunch counter until they were served. These four determined students sparked events leading to the civil rights movement for blacks to be treated as equals. I would use this book for 4th grade; it fits perfectly with the North Carolina history.

In my classroom I could use this book when creating
kate and lexi
This beautifully illustrated book details the famous sit-in at the Greensboro, NC Woolworth's counter in 1960. The prose is moving, speckled with quotes that inspired the protesters and good detail. As a picture book ought to be, it is both easily understood and deep enough for older readers. My kindergartner (who does have some exposure to the civil rights movement) grasped the storyline and was moved by the strength it took to stay still.

The simple, powerful prose is well matched by the illus
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great informational read for elementary students. The author did an excellent job in relying the message in way for young readers to understand. In this story it shares details of how the students in Greensboro, North Carolina developed a sit-in based on Dr. King's words. Throughout the book it shares phrases from Dr. King that the students kept in mind to get the final result they wanted. I appreciate how the book shared facts but did so in a way that is understandable to young r ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think this book is a pretty great way to introduce the concept of the civil rights issues of the 1960s to kids. The text is clear and easy to understand, and the ideas come across really well (as opposed to some children's books I've read on the same subject, which can be too wordy or confusing.) Another thing I liked about the book was the fact that important quotes or concepts are featured in bold, colorful print, along with the story:
"We hate with love."
"If black people and whi
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down” c)2010 By Andrea Davis Pinkney; Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. The author showed slides of this book at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference in October. I had to read the whole thing! What a beautiful and powerful book about important moments during the civil rights movement. We take so much for granted now but restaurants, schools, businesses, buses, parks, pools and even LIBRARIES in the southern United States were segregated. Thank go ...more
Sierra Jauregui
This is the famous story of four college students that went into a diner, but were refused service. In the 1960's discrimination was very big and there were certain places that only served white people, the diner was on of those places. The students didn't know why they weren't allowed to be given service and were completely in shock when they realized that it was because of the color of their skin. When they were informed that it was because of their skin they decided to just sit in the diner t ...more
Elissa Schaeffer
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Four friends sit down at the lunch counter at Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC, ready to place their order. But it's February 1, 1960, and they are black and the counter only serves whites. So they sat, order ready to place, ignored and refused, but never giving up. Inspired by the powerful words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., these four sparked a sit-in throughout the country and helped further the peaceful protests against segregation.

It's not often that I feel truly moved by books the way this
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the lyrical writing of this book, and the food/recipe theme. "A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side."

It tells the story of the Greensboro sit-ins, and how they sparked more sit-ins around the nation to peacefully protest segregation. I really love how the author put this story together. It's possibly my new favorite historical picture book!

This was good to read after going through "Meet Martin Luther King, Jr." by James T. de Kay. We found so many topics to look up and discovere
Bailey Zyvith
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm-335
This book is packed full of information about the Sit-In at Woolworths in Greensboro NC. Along with the amount of information the incredible illustrations bring the words to life. I think that this informational text book would be good to read aloud to students in grades 4-5 to talk about civil rights and segregation. This topic is one that hits close to home because Greensboro is in North Carolina and the History Museum in Raleigh has an exhibit about it. This book would be great to read before ...more
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
A brightly illustrated and easy-to-understand book about the Civil Rights Movement. While the story begins by focusing on lunch counter sit-ins, it expands to explain Dr. King's message, the foundation of SNCC, and legislative changes. The book also uses an extended metaphor of cooking, which I didn't think was necessary. A recipe for integration is included at the end of the book along with an explicit explanation of why the sit-ins were so important for those who were finally served. A timelin ...more
Brandi Smith
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This autobiographical picturebook is intended for ages 5-8 years(P). In it the author recounts the story of the 1960 sit-in at the Woolworth's lunch counter.
I gave this book 4 stars. The author uses a series of metaphors to communicate the emotions at the lunch counter that afternoon. Then she carefully places actual quotes from Dr. King's speeches within the text to help explain the protesters motivation to keep peaceful. This book is appropriate for the targeted age group. There are a lot of m
Mar 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Grades 3-8
On February 1, 1960, four African American college students started the Greensboro Sit-Ins which led to non-violent protests across the country and integration of public places. This poetic telling of their story is musical and carefully spare, using the metaphor of food and recipes to show how non-violence can lead to change. The illustrations are gestural and springing with hope. The book includes a civil rights timeline, and a "Final Helping," a brief biography of the four students
Cara Byrne
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Practicing peace with others showed hatred was tougher than any school test."
A lively, moving, and smart picture book detailing the sit-ins that occurred in the 1960s as part of the Civil Rights movement. Highly recommend for 3rd & 4th grade readers.
A perfect picture book to spark young readers' interest in learning more about the Civil Rights Movement. Rhythm and colorful illustrations make it work well as a read aloud and lots of facts, quotes and back matter to inspire further investigation. ...more
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This book resonated with me.
Kristin Nelson
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't prepared for the metaphor of a recipe used by the author, but it worked. And I always love a book that includes more historical info. This one even has a timeline! ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Based on the true story of four young, black men who dared to challenge convention by sitting at a lunch counter during the 1960s.

This is a children's book and I enjoyed it as an edudio book.

Kaitlin Setty
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had to read this for a Youth Literature class, and it was truly remarkable.
Rebecca Elizabeth
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
WOW... I chose this book because of its impactful message. This informational text is centered around four young men, David, Joseph, Franklin, and Ezell who sparked a movement nationwide. Due to the COVID-19, I was forced to listen to this book as a read-aloud as I did not have access to a hard copy. This story is written almost in a poetic manner making the story even more beautiful yet somber. Students in different towns all across the South sit-in at local diners. They need no menu, all they ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A terrific history of the Woolworth lunch counter sit in for kids! It covers the event as well as talking about peaceful protest and the effect it had on the civil rights movement. A great intro to civil rights for kids and how ordinary people can make change.
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