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These books hold stories about Martin Luther King, civil rights

“Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story” by Ruby Bridges.
“Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story” by Ruby Bridges.

The Kansas City Public Library suggests these books to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

Elementary school

“Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story,” by Ruby Bridges

“I Have a Dream,” by Martin Luther King Jr.; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

“We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song,” by Debbie Levy; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

“Martin Luther King, Jr.: Civil Rights Leader,” by Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

“I Am Rosa Parks,” by Brad Meltzer; illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

“As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom,” by Richard Michelson; illustrated by Raul Colón

“Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song,” by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

“Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down,” by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

“Martin Luther King Jr.,” by Flynn Riley

“Child of the Civil Rights Movement,” by Paula Young Shelton; illustrated by Raul Colón

“Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation,” by Duncan Tonatiuh

Middle school

“The Story of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement in Photographs” and “The Story of the Civil Rights Freedom Rides in Photographs,” by David Aretha

“Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice,” by Phillip Hoose

“The Girl From the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement,” by Teri Kanefield

“When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders,” by J. Patrick Lewis

“Voices From the March on Washington,” by J. Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon

“Nobody Gonna Turn Me ’Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement,” by Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Shane W. Evans

“We Troubled the Waters: Poems,” by Ntozake Shange; illustrated by Rod Brown

“The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights,” by Steve Sheinkin

“Revolution,” by Deborah Wiles

“Brown Girl Dreaming,” by Jacqueline Woodson

High school

“Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington,” by David Aretha

“Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network That Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement,” by Rick Bowers with foreword by Wade Henderson

“Black & White: The Confrontation Between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor,” by Larry Dane Brimner

“We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March,” by Cynthia Levinson

“March: Book One,” by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illustrated by Nate Powell

“A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students,” by Martin Luther King Jr. with introduction by Walter Dean Myers

“There Comes a Time: The Struggle for Civil Rights,” by Milton Meltzer

“Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary,” by Elizabeth Partridge

“Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi,” by Susan Goldman Rubin

“Separate But Equal: The Desegregation of America’s Schools,” by Anne Wallace Sharp

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