Although we have come a long way since the days of legal segregation, recent events such as Ferguson and the gay marriage debate have clearly demonstrated that America is still in need of action to protect the civil rights of all citizens. Raising our children to be open, accepting and tolerant is one way that we as moms can be active in the struggle.
Black History Month is a great time for children of all races to learn about America’s Civil Rights Movement. The following are a list of books and films that this librarian recommends about the Civil Rights Movement. Many of these books are award- winning and bring history to life with unforgettable characters that really connect with the reader. Hopefully they will spark conversation with your child and help you to discuss complex issues. The age ranges included serve as a general guide but you know your child’s reading ability best.
I have also included a few films that go along well with the selected books. The following books and films have a special place in my heart; I would love to hear from you (and your kids!) about other great titles on the subject of the Civil Rights Movement in the comments. So rev up your library cards, hide the Frozen DVD and get down to the task of teaching your children well.