I Am Rosa Parks

I Am Rosa Parks

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Penguin Putnam
"We can all be heroes" is the message entertainingly told in this picture-book biography series from #1 New York Times Bestselling author Brad Meltzer.

“Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography – for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a vivacious, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren’t quite ready for the Who Was biography series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Rosa Parks dared to stand up for herself and other African Americans by staying seated, and as a result she helped end public bus segregation and launch the country’s Civil Rights Movement.
This engaging series is the perfect way to bring American history to life for young children, providing them with the right role models, supplementing Common Core learning in the classroom, and best of all, inspiring them to strive and dream.

Baker & Taylor
Recounts Rosa Parks' daring effort to stand up for herself and other African Americans by helping to end segregation on public transportation.

& Taylor

A narrative introduction to the history-making courage of the Civil Rights activist recounts in accessible detail Rosa Parks' daring effort to stand up for herself and other African-Americans by helping to end segregation on public transportation. By the best-selling author of The Inner Circle.

Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2014
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2014
ISBN: 9780803740853
Branch Call Number: J B PARKS
Additional Contributors: Eliopoulos, Chris - Illustrator


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A retelling of Rosa Parks' efforts to put an end to segregation on public transportation.

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JuliaO_KCMO Mar 03, 2017

Meltzer's series of biographies fits a great need -- books about people kids should know about that are easy to read and engaging! They are short enough for pre-readers to listen to, and the text is easy enough for early readers to tackle themselves.

YONI BREMNER Mar 15, 2015


I read this to my usually uber-chatty five year old boy as his bedtime book one night. He was utterly QUIET and captivated! He soaked in all the meaning (I was a bit apprehensive to introduce the concept of racism to his innocent life). Once completed he stated that "the police officer was WRONG for arresting Rosa Parks and that her criminal record photo should be ripped up and all other copies destroyed!". He quietly asked me, "Mommy, are you ever treated badly because of your skin colour?" I hesitated. And chose the honest answer, "Yes, sometimes." . He vowed to defend me if anyone was ever mean to his Mommy because of her darker skin. I was touched to tears (which I quickly hid).

I'm half Trinidadian, a quarter Chinese and a quarter Scandinavian. My husband is Scottish and my boy looks totally Caucasian---he will never have to suffer racism by looks alone. People constantly ask me if I'm babysitting, or if he's adopted, what his dad looks like, where I come from (EDMONTON!!!), where my parents come from, et cetera, et cetera.... Endless intrusive questions. I answer them all knowing that the majority of people are asking honest questions.

I'm so happy I found this book and I will recommend it to all my parent friends---of all races!


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