Monday, July 31, 2017

The Empty Schoolhouse by Natalie Savage Carlson

The Empty Schoolhouse by Natalie Savage Carlson was published in 1965 and reflects the unrest in our country during the fight for civil rights.

This book is great to introduce younger readers to the Civil Rights movement. John Kaufmann is the illustrator of this chapter book and his pictures show the emotion of this time period.

This story is narrated by Emma, and she tells the story of her little sister being one of the first black children to attend a white school. St. Joseph's is a Catholic school, and the staff has decided that all children will be allowed to attend no matter their color. Not all the families in the town are okay with this plan, but many are until some rotten person starts making trouble.

Soon, Emma's sister Lullah is the only child attending the school, and the rotten men are out to stop her.

This book shows the damage that is caused when prejudice, fear, hatred, and anger prevail. While there are scary moments, this book isn't too scary for young readers, but allows your young reader to see our Civil Rights history.

I like how the realistic the characters seem and how the characters develop over the course of the story.

This book is out of print, but you can still find used copies online.

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

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit.

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