Civil Rights Movement Books For Kids

For history this year we're going to be studying the civil rights movement and I have been scouring the internet looking for some really great books for us to enjoy reading together.

My boys and I have studied slavery and the underground railroad but it was a few years ago so we'll touch back upon that a little and then keep the main focus of our lesson on the civil rights movement; the sit- ins, protests, and look at how unequal "separate but equal" really was.

Here's what I have found so far:


Who was Rosa Parks?

Who was Martin Luther King?

If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement 

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Child of the civil rights movement

The Youngest Marcher: True story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a young civil rights activist

A Tugging String

Rosa's Bus

10 True Tales: Young Civil Rights Heroes

When Thunder Comes

Heart and Soul: the Story of America and African Americans

Freedom on the Menu: the Greensboro Sit- Ins

D is for Drinking Gourd

Women Who Broke the Rules: Coretta Scott King

Civil Rights Movement for Kids- A History with 21 Activities

Coretta Scott

Separate is Never Equal

If a Bus Could Talk

Sit In; How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down 

National Geographic Readers: Barak O'bama, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The Story of Ruby Bridges

The Other Side

White Socks Only

Freedom Summer

A Sweet Smell of Roses

These Hands

What Was the March on Washington?

We March

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters 

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  1. Oh, I love your list. I own at least half of them. I hope you all have a wonderful year. What a timely topic as well.
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. We just saw the MLK Jr. Monument on our trip this summer!

  3. Will definitely look into these books for my kids. With everything happening currently in our world at this time, these books and teaching inclusiveness is more important than ever. Visiting from Coffee and Conversation party.

  4. Wonderful & timely-- thank you for sharing over at What to Read Wednesday!

  5. These are great list of great books. Some very important lessons to be learnt here, especially on the current turmoil fronts. Thanks for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    1. That was totally by accident that this list lined up with current events. I've been working on this list for months trying to find book that would interest my boys.

  6. What a great selection. I need to start buying books for Cygnet that are a bit more educational. Pen x #FabFridayPost

    1. I find my boys really enjoy fictional type accounts of real life events.

  7. These look like a great set of books - I love learning about history and sure they would teach me a thing or two. Sarah #fabfridaypost

    1. I am learning so much about history that I never knew while teaching them about World War 1 & 2 and I'm sure this will be much the same!

  8. I love this list, Thank you for compiling. We hae read some and will get hrough them all. Now, more than ever, we need to! #FabFridayPost Fab book list!

  9. Thanks so much for linking up your post with us at What to Read Wednesday. It’s always fun to get new ideas! I hope we will see more from you next time. :)

  10. This is a great list. I've read many of the titles and believe this collection will help young readers empathize and understand the true meaning of the values on which our country was founded.

    1. Thank you! We are excited to dive into them oursevles.

  11. This is a wonderful list of civil rights books for children. Have read a few of them, but there are some I want to check out!


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