Picture Books

Rosa

Picture book. 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

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