Children of the Civil Rights Movement

Lit Picks for Youth

Many children and teens helped to mobilize the nation in the fight against inequality. Here are a few books for youth about the young people who made sure their voices were heard.

Back of the Bus Birmingham 1963 Birmingham Sunday Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend Child of the Civil Rights Movement
Back of the Bus
by Aaron Reynolds
(JUV E Reynolds)
Birmingham 1963: How a Photograph Rallied Civil Rights Support
by Shelley Tougas
(JUV323.11 Tougas)
Birmingham Sunday
by Larry Dane Brimner
(JUV 323.11 Brimner)
Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend: A Civil Rights Story
by Calvin A. Ramsey
(JUV 323.11 Tur)
Child of the Civil Rights Movement
by Paula Young Shelton
(JUV 92 Shelton)
Claudette Colvin Elijah of Buxton Fire in the Streets Freedom's Children Freedom on the Menu
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
by Phillip M. Hoose
(JUV 92 Colvin)
Elijah of Buxton
by Christopher Curtis
(JUV J Curtis)
Fire in the Streets
by Kekla Magoon
(YA Fiction Magoon)
Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories
by Ellen Levine
(YA 973.0496 L665)
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins
by Carole Boston Weatherford
(JUV E Weatherford)
Freedom Song Grandmama's Pride Just Like Martin Leon's Story Marching for Freedom
Freedom Song: Young Voices and the Struggle for Civil Rights
by Mary Turck
(JUV 323.09 TURCK)
Grandmama's Pride
by Becky Birtha
(JUV E Birtha)
Just Like Martin
by Ossie Davis
(JUV J Davis)
Leon's Story
by Leon Tillage
(JUV 92 Tillage)
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge
(JUV 323.11 Partridge)
My Uncle Martin's Big Heart Oh, Freedom! One Crazy Summer Not Separate, Not Equal The Power of One
My Uncle Martin's Big Heart
by Angela Farris Watkins
(JUV 92 King)
Oh Freedom!: Kids Talk about the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made It Happen
by Casey King
(JUV 973.04 King)
One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia
(JUV J Williams-Garcia)
Not Separate, Not Equal
by Brenda Wilkinson
(JUV J Wilkinson)
The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine
by Judith Bloom Fradin
(JUV 92 Colvin)
Remember: The Journey to School Integration Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down Sitting for Equal Service Stitchin and Pullin The Story of Ruby Bridges
Remember: The Journey to School Integration
by Toni Morrison
(JUV 379.26 Morrison)
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
(323.11 Pinkney)
Sitting for Equal Service: Lunch Counter Sit-ins, United States, 1960s
by Melody Herr
(JUV 323.11 Herr)
Stitchin and Pullin: A Gee's Bend Quilt
by Patricia McKissack
(JUV E Mckissack)
The Story of Ruby Bridges
by Robert Coles
(JUV 92 Bridges)
A Sweet Smell of Roses This is the Dream A Thousand Never Evers Through My Eyes A Tugging String
A Sweet Smell of Roses
by Angela Johnson
(JUV E Johnson)
This is the Dream
by Diane Z. Shore
(JUV 811 Shore)
A Thousand Never Evers
by Shana Burg
(JUV J Burg)
Through My Eyes: The Autobiography of Ruby Bridges
by Ruby Bridges
(JUV 92 Bridges)
A Tugging String: A Novel About Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era
by David Greenberg
(JUV J Greenberg)
The Watsons Go to Birmingham We March We've Got a Job Witnesses to Freedom  
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
by Christopher Curtis
(JUV J Curtis)
We March
by Shane Evans
(JUV E Evans)
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March
by Cynthia Levinson
(JUV 323.11 Levinson)
Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights
by Belinda Rochelle
(JUV 323.11 Roc)