Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge 2013

                              It is Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy!


Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
Title:  Sit-In
           How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down
Author:  Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrator:  Brian Pinkney
Reading Level:  Grade 1 and up

GoodReads Description:

It was February 1, 1960.
They didn't need menus. Their order was simple.

A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.

This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement. 

Andrea Davis Pinkney uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words of peaceful protest and dared to sit at the "whites only" Woolworth's lunch counter. Brian Pinkney embraces a new artistic style, creating expressive paintings filled with emotion that mirror the hope, strength, and determination that fueled the dreams of not only these four young men, but also countless others.(less)

My Thoughts - This award winning husband and wife team have written and illustrated a wonderful book informing us about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message about peaceful protest.  This true event is written in poetic style and the illustrations are unique and beautiful.  The author includes a Civil Rights Timeline, a picture and write up about the event, and a reference page.  Teachers can use this in their classroom during the study of Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Movement, and Black History Month.

                                         Child of the Civil Rights Movement
Title: Child of the Civil Rights Movement 
Author:  Paula Young Shelton
Illustrator:  Raul Colon'
Reading Level: Grade Pre-K through 4

GoodReads Description:

In this Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family—and thousands of others—in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

Poignant, moving, and hopeful, this is an intimate look at the birth of the Civil Rights Movement

My Thoughts - This book informs the reader about the Civil Rights Movement  through short poetic stories.  Large descriptive illustrations highlight the message of the stories.  The author includes information about the people in the book and a bibliography.  Teachers can use this in their classroom while studying Martin Luther King Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and Black History Month.

I loved both of these nonfiction books and will use both of them in my classroom next week.




  1. I heard both Brian and Andrea speak about this book at separate events. Funny how they had their own unique thoughts on the book.

  2. I love hearing authors giving their perspective on the books that they write and/or illustrate.