Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has honored her as "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". (from Wikipedia)
Books in our SORA Collection
The NY Reads Collection offers simultaneous use of these two books about Rosa Parks:
Rosa Parks by Kristen Susienka
Interest level K-3 Rosa Parks is best known as the woman who helped start the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 to 1956. However, her life story extends far beyond her defiance on that Alabama bus in 1955. Parks was an activist for change and a supporter of equal rights. This book tells her story, both before and after her actions on the bus, and stresses her importance in American history to this day. Using manageable language and vivid photographs, this beginner biography introduces young readers to a notable and important human being.
Rosa Parks by Emma E. Haldy
Interest level K-3 The My Itty-Bitty Bio series are biographies for the earliest readers. This book examines the life of Rosa Parks in a simple, age-appropriate way that will help children develop word recognition and reading skills. Includes a timeline and other informative backmatter.
Below are the books in our Monroe One SORA account:
Rosa Parks by Kristen Susienka (ALWAYS AVAILABLE) Interest level K-3 Rosa Parks is best known as the woman who helped start the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 to 1956. However, her life story extends far beyond her defiance on that Alabama bus in 1955. Parks was an activist for change and a supporter of equal rights. This book tells her story, both before and after her actions on the bus, and stresses her importance in American history to this day. Using manageable language and vivid photographs, this beginner biography introduces young readers to a notable and important human being.
Rosa Parks by Joyce A. Hanson (One copy) Audience General Adult Rosa Parks: A Biography captures the story of this remarkable woman like no other biography of her before it. It examines the entire scope of Rosa Parks's life, from her birth in 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama to her 1943 enrollment in the Montgomery NAACP to the dramatic events of the 1960's, and her continuing work up to her death in 2005.
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis (One Copy) Audience: General Adult
Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks's politics and years of activism. She shows readers how this civil rights movement radical sought--for more than half a century--to expose and eradicate the American racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.
Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds (One copy) Interest level: K-3
It seems like any other winter day in Montgomery, Alabama. Mama and child are riding where they're supposed to--way in the back of the bus. The boy passes the time by watching his marble roll up and down the aisle with the motion of the bus, until from way up front a big commotion breaks out. He can't see what's going on, but he can see the policeman arrive outside and he can see Mama's chin grow strong. "There you go, Rosa Parks," she says, "stirrin' up a nest of hornets. Tomorrow all this'll be forgot." But they both know differently. With childlike words and powerful illustrations, Aaron Reynolds and Coretta Scott King medalist Floyd Cooper recount Rosa Parks' act of defiance through the eyes of a child--who will never forget.
Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson (One copy) Interest level: Middle grades 4-8 Meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement - a collection of changemakers to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of changemakers. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins' colorful and celebratory illustrations.
This program tells the story of Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat, which launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the civil rights protest movement. The story is told in the context of the development of slavery and segregation in the United States. Through archival photographs and dramatic reenactments, students observe the courage and determination of Rosa Parks. Program includes a teacher's guide.
In this program, learn about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, including what influenced Parks' working years, why she was arrested, what the Montgomery Bus Boycott was, what the Supreme Court ruling pertaining to segregation on public buses achieved, what Rosa accomplished in her later years and her lasting legacy. Detailed graphics, diagrams and exciting video, as well as on-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment, reinforce important concepts and make learning fun.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger. The event inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the first mass protest of the Civil Rights Movement.