Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Log Blog

Just in time for African American History Month--two recently published children’s books covering different aspects of the Civil Rights Movement.
Freedom Walkers; The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman.
Award winning Freedman’s compelling narrative ties the personal stories of famous and forgotten participants to the background and events of one of the most dramatic and powerful events of the civil rights movement. Packed with period black and white photos this is a well researched, highly readable book.
Freedom Riders; John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement by Ann Bausum.
Bausum’s award winning book brings the turbulent story of the freedom riders alive with clear text and powerful period photos. In alternating chapters, Bausum’s captivating narration captures the dramatic experiences of two young men: African American John Lewis, and Caucasian Jim Zwerg. Both books are recommended for grades 4 and up and work well as read alouds.