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Child of the Civil Rights Movement

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In this Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child's unique perspective to an important chapter in America's history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by Schwartz & Wade Books (first published 2009)
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Kristine Hansen
Talk about being in the right place at the right time! The author draws on her own experiences as a child during the Civil Rights movement. The people her parents hung around with (and her parents themselves) were individuals who felt the need to move TO the South, during the worst of the Jim Crow era. They fought tirelessly for Civil Rights while their children learned at a very young age, what it means to stand up for what's right. Well told, I loved the poetic layout. The pictures were ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, america
This was a good MLK Jr Day read, though Kait’s a few years too young to fully engage with it. I love the child’s perspective on the movement and the illustrations are very good. I look forward to rereading this in years to come.
That sure is one genius, self-aware, and politically active 4 year old.
Sarah Schill
Genre: Historical
This is a great book for discussing the civil rights movement and segregation.
Leon Gray
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
SS5H8 The student will describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950-1975.
b. Explain the key events and people of the Civil Rights movement; include Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and civil rights activities of Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

A good book that talks about civil rights movement, Jim Crow and Selma, Al.

This book could definitely be
Nicole Doescher-Train
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I chose this book because I thought it would give good information about the Civil Rights movement. I think its important that students start to learn about our nations past. The book lays out some good baseline information about the Civil Right movement, and more specifically Selma. A student will be able to take the information from the book and have a good background of some of the things that happened in the 1965. The pictures help to further what it is that the author is telling through the ...more
Kristin Nelson
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! The author grew up in Atlanta during the Civil Rights era. Her family moved TO the South in the early 60's to help with the Civil Rights Movement and her father, Andrew Young, was an early leader in the movement. She uses the memories of her father and older sisters to help tell the story of her childhood. And she tells it so well. The text is lyrical, conveying facts and emotion. "We went to Georgia, where whites could, but blacks could not." "We were close because our ...more
Tamika McIntosh
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a good autobiography. It was about a young girl's family moving from the north back to the south to participate in the civil rights movement. I like how she emphasized the importance of community and having a loving/caring environment. She participated in one of the marches as a young girl. She was proud to be a part of making history. This book provides amazing pictures to keep readers interest. Never too young to change the world for the better.
Beautiful, poetic book.
Child of the Civil Rights Movement is a short collection of free verse poems which broaches complex topics in a simple and relatable way for young readers as the author shares her memories of “the family of the civil rights movement.” Poems address her family’s move to the South, their participation in a restaurant sit-in, and the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. She details dinners at her own home which were spent planning the march to Selma with her Uncle, Martin Luther King Jr., and ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement from the place of a young child. The author, having actually taken part in the movement, bases this picture book off of the true story that took place in her own life. Paula Young includes certain terms and definitions to educate her readers as she tells the story. She discusses Jim Crow Laws, the march on Selma, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Child of the Civil ...more
Fortunately for today's students of history, books written from the book of view adults involved in the civil rights movement abound. However, there are few that provide a child's eye perspective on those important events. This picture book, written by one of the daughters of activist Andrew Young, helps fill that gap and does so in a moving way. In simple but effective language in the various vignettes she shares, she describes how the family moved to the South because her parents felt ...more
Kourtnie Bussey
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This narrative is about a little girl named Paula that was born in New York. Her parents are from the deep south, and grew up following Jim Crow laws. One day, as the family was watching t.v, a story appeared on the news. The story was about the Freedom Riders. The Freedom Riders consisted of black and white people that rode the bus together, while protesting Jim Crow laws. Paula's parents wanted to do something immediately to help. They packed their bags and moved to Georgia instantly. While ...more
Michael Enright
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
The picture book, Child of the Civil Rights Movement gives readers a child's view of what it was like living in the south during segregation and the civil rights movement. The main character's name is Paula and her family is full of civil rights activists, including her uncle Martin Luther King Jr. The story also includes her participation in the march from Selma to Montgomery and the things she experienced along the way.

Child of the Civil Rights Movement is an excellent text that can be used to
Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
Shelton provides younger readers a picture book that entails the complexity of the Civil Rights Movement in a straight forward picture book written in a simple, clear way without dumbing it down. When the author was a child, her father, Andrew Young, was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Her first picture book beautifully recounts her childhood during those tumultuous times. Shelton explains her very first protest when she cried during a sit-in with her family as restaurant owners refused ...more
RLL22016_Joy Bailey Bailey
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I enjoyed reading this book. I've read tons of books about the civil rights movement but each time is different based on whose point of view the story is told from. In this story, the author resells what is was like for her and her sisters when they were younger during those times. Paula, the author, describes living in Mew York with her family but after watching certain events as the freedom riders on television, her parents made it their mission to drive back home and help fought the cause. I ...more
Stephanie Waterhouse
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a powerful book and much needed at this time of crisis regarding race in America. It is well written! Very glad to see history of the civil rights movement through the eyes of a child. This perspective is much needed. It doesn't bog one down with a bunch of historical facts, like a history book, but it is detailed and outlined so anyone, especially little children, can comprehend the events.

With the protests today, in America, because of civil rights, this book can assist with discussion on
Ashley Vance
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This picture book was very informing. A young girl tells her story about how she grew up during the Civil Rights Movement. She remembers hearing her parents have conversations with Martin Luther King, Jr. She moved from New York to Georgia. She learned all about Jim Crow Laws and described her experience of being turned away from restaurants. It was so sad because I know that so many peope have gone through what this girl had to go through and it wasn't any of their faults. It frustrates me that ...more
Pattie Simmons
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title: Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton & Raul Colon

Short Description of the Book: In this book, the Civil Rights movement and Jim Crow laws are seen through the eyes of a little girl whose uncle just happens to be Martin Luther King, Jr.

Focus: I would use this book to teach how to produce informative writing that expresses main ideas clearly.

Teach: W8.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Perspective of child - the daughter of Andrew YOung who worked closely with MLK, Jr. and others. This narrative reveals the power of community - working together; the author uses metaphors of musical instruments to create pictures of the symphony of voices required to make the Civil Rights movement happen. Clear description towards the end of the book of the march from Selma to Montgomery, AL that proceeded LBJ's signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The author makes clear the diversity of ...more
I totally teared up at the end. Based on the author's memories of being a four-year-old on the march from Selma to Montgomery (her parents were civil rights leaders), this is a really great introduction to the civil rights movement for kids. There are at least a few other civil rights books written from a child's perspective, but are there any others that are written from the actual childhood of the author, especially one whose family was so heavily involved? (I mean, she calls MLK "Uncle ...more
Wendy Fontenot
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book Title: Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton & Raul Colon

Short description of the book: The Civil Rights Movements is told through the eyes of a little girl as she recalls what she and her parents went through during this time period.

FOCUS: Informational features I would use in a mini-lesson:

1) This book would be wonderful to teach style. Shange does a wonderful job of telling the life of Coretta Scott while making it lively and interesting.

2) Shange uses no
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I think it is a very good thing to have picture books that are informative A lot of kids will be more likely to pick this up then something that has a lot more words. This story is about a lil girl who is telling her story of what it was like during this time period. A vivid memory she has is of being rejected when she went places. A lot of children at this time went through this struggle and that might of been the hardest part about this movement.
I think for children to learn that things
Remembering what it was like in her youth, Shelton shares her memories of the Civil Rights Movement. She recalls what it was like to have dinner with "uncle" Martin and "aunt" Coretta and other prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement. She describes her feelings as she participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery. Combined with the text and illustrations, this would be a great book to use when discussing the Civil Rights Movement as it includes short biographies of the people ...more
Alyssa Williams
This book is a historical novel written by Paula Young Shelton, daughter of civil rights activist, Andrew Young. Paula tells the story of her as a young girl and the struggles during this time period, including having her uncle, Martin Luther King, involved in the movement. This book I inspirational and can teach children a lot about the Civil Rights Movements. It focuses on the 20th century where problems, such as, voting and black power were faced. This can be used as an educational experience ...more
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's interesting to hear a bit about what the Civil Rights movement was like from a child's perspective. Paula Young Shelton was actually there, four years old when her parents and her "Uncle Martin" marched in Montgomery. It's one thing for kids to hear about discrimination as something that happened to others a long time ago - it's another to hear a (now grown) child say, "we were hungry, but they wouldn't let us eat in the restaurant." Not a ton of information in this book, but a nice choice ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aa-hist-fict
A Junior Library Guild Selection

Author Paula Young Shelton takes us back to her youth. She is the daughter of famed Civil Rights Activist Andrew Young and describes they day they marched threw Alabama with Uncle Martin.

I love the four year old's perspective in this book. We see about the food, the conversations and the actions. What I liked the most was her descriptions of the adults discussions being similar to instruments in and orchestra.

This is a good story to accompany a Civil Rights unit.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
My first reaction was...WHAT??!!! The Voting Rights Act of 1965??!! It was that recent that a bill was signed that allowed all people, black and white, could vote??!! How can that be?
Beautifully woven memories of author's childhood, daughter to civil rights leader and U.N. Ambassador, Andrew Young. The beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement is told through childhood remembrances. More information on people mentioned, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Young and others. Raul
Tanner Mendelson
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This picture book does an excellent job of describing the civil rights movement from the eyes of a child. She described Jim Crow Laws as "where whites could but blacks could not." A social studies teacher could use this book, with its great illustrations, to show how the people her parents interacted with were her "Civil Rights Family," which included, Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King) and Uncle Ralph (Ralph Abernathy). This book does an excellent job using the analogy of the players in the ...more
Katie Logonauts
This story, based on the author's experiences as a young child, tells about the journey of the Civil Rights Movement from the Freedom Riders through to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. I appreciate that this book highlights more of the longer narrative than individual-event focused books and that it honors a child's perspective. This is a great resource for introducing students to this time period.
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