Ruth and the Green Book

Readers Advisory

Bolden, Tonya. Portraits of African American Heroes.  A portrait of a person is not just a picture, but a rendering of life and in this collection of 20 biographical essays, noted author Tonya Bolden and illustrator Ansel Pitcairn merge the visual with the analytical and paint a true rendering of these outstanding lives.

Polacco, Patricia. The Keeping Quilt.  “We will make a quilt to help us always remember home,” Anna’s mother said. “It will be like having the family in back home Russia dance around us at night.” – From the book

Reynolds, Aaron. Back of the Bus.  It seems like any other winter day in Montgomery, Alabama. Mama and child are riding where they’re supposed to – way in the back of the bus. The boy passes the time by watching his marble roll up and down the aisle with the motion of the bus, until from way up front a big commotion breaks out.

Stotts, Stuart. We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World.  “We Shall Overcome” isn’t a complicated piece of music. The first verse has only 23 words, and most of them repeat. The melody is straight forward. The chords are basic, yet the song had profound effect on people throughout the United States and the world.

Weatherford, Carole B. Freedom on the Menu: The Greenboro Sit-Ins.  There were signs throughout town telling eight year old Connie where she could and could not go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, she realizes that things may soon change.

Woodson, Jacqueline. The Other Side.  Clover’s mom says it isn’t safe to cross the fence that segregates their African American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-up’s rules by sitting on top of the fence together.


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