Books: Non-Fiction

Rosa

Book – Non-fiction. By Nikki Giovanni. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. 2005.
A beautifully illustrated book for children about Rosa Parks in the context of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing

Award-winning writer Nikki Giovanni’s book is the antidote to all the stories about tired, old Rosa Parks who single-handedly desegregated the buses. Here she is placed firmly in the Movement (along with Jo Ann Robinson and E.D. Nixon) and the key historical events of the time. This is a key book for teaching about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The text is accessible to young readers, but without sacrificing the complexity of the story, and the paint/collage illustrations by Bryan Collier are radiant.

ISBN: 9780805071061 | Published by Henry Holt and Company.