Liberty’s Civil Rights Road Trip

Flyaway Bks. Oct. 2021. 32p. Tr $18. ISBN 9781947888197.
PreS-Gr 2–A young Black girl named Liberty, along with her family and others, embark on a road trip to visit landmarks of the Civil Rights movement. The diverse group, made up of different ages, races, and religions, have several stops scheduled. Liberty is most excited for the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL, but the tour includes Jackson, MS, the home of Medgar Evers, then Glendora, MS, to learn about Emmett Till, among others. Tadgell’s gentle illustrations expertly link the historical events with Liberty’s tour group, as dialogue among Liberty, her family, and others includes explanation and reflection of the events and sights. This book, based on the true story of actual road trips coordinated by the author, pairs excellently with works such as Monica Clark-Robinson’s Let the Children March and Cynthia Levinson’s The Youngest Marcher. Back matter includes additional information on the figures and locations visited in the book.
VERDICT This introduction to historic individuals and monumental locations is both inspiring and a useful teaching tool, and will see wide use in most collections.

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