A Picture Book of Rosa Parks
Called “The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.
When she was arrested in December 1955, her act of civil disobedience sparked the year-long Mongomery bus boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Across the city, African Americans refused to ride the public buses. This is considered the first large-scale US. demonstration against segregation.
From Rosa Parks’ early life through her activism and eventual honors, this fully-illustrated biography helps children understand the background and context that led Rosa Parks to fight for civil rights.
Pura Belpré Honor-winning artist, Robert Casilla, gives life to history with his colorful paintings of Parks’ story.
Back matter includes author’s note and timeline of important dates.
For almost thirty years, David Adler’s Picture Book Biography series has profiled famous people who changed the world. Colorful, kid-friendly illustrations combine with Adler’s “expert mixtures of facts and personality” (Booklist) to introduce young readers to history through compelling biographies of presidents, heroes, inventors, explorers, and adventurers. These books are ideal for first and second graders interested in history or who need reliable sources for school book reports.