Summary: The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Told with Robert Coles' powerful narrative and dramatically illustrated by George Ford, Ruby's story of courage, faith, and hope is now available in this special 50th anniversary edition with an updated afterword!
What it looks like in the Middle:
The courageous story of Ruby Bridges is a great picture book to front load historical facts about the civil rights movement. It immerses students into the study of Brown v. Board of Education and the personal toil and sacrifice it took on some African American students.
This is one of the books I use before we read our class novel Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Patillo Beals, one of the high school students that tried to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.