Picture Books

That Flag

Picture Book. By Tameka Fryer Brown. Illustrated by Nikkolas Smith. 2023. 40 pages.
Learn about the history of the Confederate flag, the myths and the reality, through the story of two young girls.

Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: African American, Education, Racism & Racial Identity

Through the story about two young girls (one Black, one white) who live across the street from each other, readers learn about the history of the Confederate flag — the myths and the reality.

Picture book cover showing two girls (one Black, one white) standing in front of the words That Flag.The girls are friends, attend school together, and go on a school field trip to a museum. The integrity of that friendship is tested by the white family’s display of a Confederate flag and dismissal of the history of racism depicted in the museum.

The children’s teacher and the African American girl’s father play key roles in interpreting the history — modeling for adults the importance of truth telling. [Adapted from publisher’s description.]

A layered introduction to issues around white supremacy and racism that is still accessible to young readers. — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

ISBN: 9780063093447 | HarperCollins

Classroom Story

Nashville teacher Lauren Gray uses the book That Flag to help students understand the Civil War and what that flag means today.

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