For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
This is a powerful true story about a brave girl, and a great starting point for talking to kids about racism, segregation, and doing what is right, even if it is hard. The text strikes a good balance between providing historical detail and focusing on Ruby’s personal experiences as the plot. It’s a bit wordy for younger kids, but perfect for later elementary school readers, and the illustrations are lovely.
Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for volumes two and three of the five-volume work CHILDREN IN CRISIS, Robert Coles is the author of many distinguished books for adults. A research psychiatrist at Harvard University, Dr. Coles lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.<br></br><br></br>George Ford has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including RAY CHARLES by Sharon Bell Mathis, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and PAUL ROBESON by Eloise Greenfield, winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Mr. Ford lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.