Friday, July 1, 2016

Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C. Mckissack

Writer of beautiful words, Patricia C. Mckissack, partnered with the amazing artist, Jerry Pinkney to create Goin' Someplace Special.

Published in 2001, this beautiful picture book tells the story of life in the South during the fight for civil rights. Although the setting is fictionalized, this is Mckissack's story of facing racial discrimination when she was a girl growing up in Nashville, Tennessee. She endured having to ride in the back of the bus, not being allowed to use the same drinking fountains, sit on benches in the parks, or be served in restaurants among many other unfair Jim Crow laws and practices.

This would be a great book to introduce a unit on Civil Rights. Pinkney's art shows the emotion of the times. This book also shows the importance of public libraries and of being kind.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

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