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Bruce MacMillan (Candlewick, 1995)
Takes readers back to the trolley car days of the early 1900s as a little girl hops aboard a trolley car motored by her grandfather. Using hand-tinted photographs that picture a time long ago, Bruce McMillan has captured the tender rapport that exists between grandchildren and their grandparents. And he leaves readers with a portrait that will keep alive the memory of a cherished grandfather.
Beneath The Streets of Boston: Building America's First Subway
Joe McKendry (David R. Godine, 2005)
An exploration of a century-old world when Boston designed and created the country's first subway. In stunning artwork and through a fascinating (and historically accurate) narrative of Beantown's first "Big Dig" you will enter the subterranean realm of workers who dug miles of tunnels by hand. Suitable for age 8 up.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice
Phillip Hoose (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009). Grades 7-12
Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.
The Railroad: Inventions that Shaped the World
John R. Matthews (Scholastic, 2005)
The Automobile: Inventions that Shaped the World
Robyn Conley (Scholastic, 2005)
A Picture Book of Rosa Parks
David A. Adler (Scholastic, 1995)
Nikki Giovanni (Henry Holt and Co., 2007). Grades 3-5
Gives context to Rosa Parks' role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Children will learn of Parks' family life. They also will experience the day Parks refused to give up her seat and see how the black community responded and rallied. By mentioning Emmett Till and others, Giovanni contextualizes Parks' place in the Civil Rights Movement.
The Bus Ride That Changed History: The Story of Rosa Parks
Pamela Duncan Edwards (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005). Grades 2-4
Tells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The book includes the boycott story along with a parallel story, below it, of children discussing its impact. These children ask and respond in much the same way your students might respond.
The Subway Mouse
Barbara Reid (Scholastic, 2005). Grades K-2