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Recommended Reading

Use these resources on segregation to start or supplement your school or classroom library.

Grades K - 3

Coleman, Evelyn, illustrated by Tyrone Geter. White Socks Only, Albert Whitman & Co., 1996. (A young gil misinterprets meaning of a "whites only" sign.)

Miller, William, illustrated by Gregory Christie. Richard Wright and the Library Card, Lee & Low Books, 1997. (Fictional account of a young man who borrows a co-worker's library card to read books from the white library.)

Grades 4 - 6

Blakeslee, Ann R. Summer Battles, Marshall Cavendish, 2000. (Story of a young girl's battle against prejudice in 1926 Alabama.)

Taylor, Mildred D. Mississippi Bridge, Dial Books, 1990. (Set in 1930s Mississippi, this novel looks at racism through the eyes of a 10-year-old white boy.)

Tillage, Leon Walter, illustrated by Susan L. Roth. Leon's Story, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1997. (Story about growing up in segregationist America at the beginning of the 20th century.)

Grades 6 - 8

Myers, Walter Dean. Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom, HyperCollins Juvenile Books, 1992. (Collection of prominent African-American leaders, with historical write-ups, from the founding of the United States through the civil rights movement.)

Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Puffin, 1991. (Tale of a Southern black family as it faces segregation, poverty, and racism during the 1930s.)

High school

Morrison, Toni. Beloved, Plume, 1998. (Tale of a runaway slave and the horrors she faces in the antebellum South, for upper high school level.)

Wormser, Richard. The Rise & Fall of Jim Crow: The African-American Struggle Against Discrimination, 1865-1954, Franklin Watts, 1999. (Account of discrimination from the end of the Civil War to Brown v. Board.)


Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Site; California Department of Education Recommended Reading List; De Grummond's Children's Literature Collection: Civil Rights Movement Bibliography; The Horn Book Guide; PBS's History of Jim Crow Site: List of Fictional Books Relating to Jim Crow; and Virginia Center for Children's Books: African American Civil Rights Movement.


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