Liberty and her family embark on this pilgrimage from Dallas to Mississippi, to Alabama, to Tennessee, learning about the Civil Rights movement and how it had affected many, many people.
On this journey, we learn about Medgar Evers, Dr. MLK Jr,, Emmett Till, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
In each place they traveled to, great brutalities were enacted and, unfortunately, lives were lost.
However, Liberty and her “cousin” Abdullah turned these horrible places into hopeful ones.
As children grow up, I pray they will continue to transform the brutal places in the world to places of love, hope, peace and justice.
I was intrigued to hear and learn about the Sixteenth Street Baptist Street Bombing, as I never even knew that it had happened.
This book was adorable. It need to be in every library, every school and children's and adults should read this book. Love it.
This is a good book if you a looking for an overview on many important Civil Rights moments and locations. Can lead to further discussion and/or research on specific spots. Purchased a copy for my school library.
This picture book was inspired by an actual Civil Rights road trip that the author took with his family and other faith leaders. He saw historical sites through the innocent eyes of his daughter and her friend, and wrote this book to reflect some of the experiences they had and the things that they learned. The illustrations are soft and expressive, and the text is informative without being way too wordy for a school-age audience.
This is great for elementary-aged kids who already have a basic understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and some of its main events and figures. If someone hasn't learned anything about this time period yet, this book will be too much at once without enough in-depth information, as the characters move from place to place, but this is great for kids who already know some about this time period and social movement and would like to learn more.
This is the True Story of a Young Girl named Liberty who along with her friends take an Emotional Journey Across the USA for Equal Rights for People with Colour.
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A bus trip with kids and parents! I felt like I was with them as they traveled to important historical sites, and I (re)learned a lot in a way much better than in a classroom. Illustrator Nicole Tadgell fills the pages with simple artistry which adds to the impact of this trip through the history of the struggle for civil rights for all. All libraries need this book so we can all remember.
I requested and received a free temporary e-book on Adobe Digital Editions from Flyaway Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
"Liberty's Civil Rights Road Trip" is a beautiful book filled with so much important history. It shows children the importance of serious civil rights events without it being too scary for the little ones. I'm heartbroken that some of the people Liberty and her family and friends paid respect to were not taught to me when I was a child. I'm thankful that this book educated me on new people that I should be grateful for that changed our world for the better. I look forward to looking up more of these people's stories and learning more information about how brave and strong they were and pass that information on to the young people in my life. I love how diverse the people on the road trip are. There are people from all backgrounds, races, and religions. It's wonderful to have an example for little ones of how we should be, loving each other no matter what.
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This is a wonderful title to help teach children about the period of civil rights. I will be using this in my library.
This book is great! I can definitely see using it as a starting point for discussions about civil rights and black history month with my Grade 3 students. The story follows a young girl named Liberty as she and her family, friends and others take a bus tour of some of the important historical locations related to the civil rights movement such as Martin Luther King Jr.‘s house. The story ends with an author’s note and a series of background information about the people and places mentioned in the book. Additionally, portraits of each or the people are included on the pages of the story in black and white so children can imagine the person while history is being discussed.
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review an advance copy of this book! I look forward to purchasing a copy for my classroom library in the future!
This book is excellent on all counts! I have already placed an order for my K-5 school library.
Michael Water's story gives a cohesive sense of many key people and events of the 1960s civil rights movement. It is very engaging and appropriate for an elementary school audience. I recommend it for grades 2 -5. Older students and their teachers can use the book as an introduction for researching events in more detail. Younger students will enjoy experiencing the story through the young characters' eyes. There is a skillful balance of childlike perspective and fun, with reverence for the tragedies suffered by soldiers of the civil rights movement. The inclusive representation of people traveling together on the road trip invites all readers to continue the work of civil rights and justice.
I truly enjoyed this picture book about Liberty’s travels through many civil rights landmarks. It’s a great primer for kids, and a picture book is the perfect format to show the civil rights leaders, landmarks, and monuments.
Liberty and her friend Abdullah take a bus ride with their family. It was a bus ride to celebrate Thee 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. It was inspired by a civil rights pilgrimage for faith leaders that the author led this trip. Seeing the trip through his daughter’s eyes inspired him to write this book. The bus ride was filled with people of different colors.
The beautiful illustrations in this book shows an interfaith group of people with of varying ages, sizes and color tones. It is an excellent reminder of how the South treated people who were not white. Along the ride, stops are made to recognize historical figures that did their part to helplead the way to civil rights for everyone. It is an accessible, introduction to successful civil rights events and inspirational people. In the back of the book is an author’s note and supplementary information. The book has an unique and valuable
I wanted to like this book. The concept of a child going on a road trip to visit Civil Rights locations seemed like a great idea, but the follow through wasn't handled as well as I hoped. The story jumped around, barely explaining each location and skimming over the basic facts about those places. The story wasn't filled out and seemed to spend more time on the bus trip than the Civil Rights historical locations. I do understand that this is supposed to be a conversation starter that leads to parents discussing these locations and the history of what happened there in age-appropriate ways, but I don't feel like this story gave enough information to make kids want to know more about these events or locations. I'd love a re-write of this book where they focused on each location for longer and really made this history jump off the pages. If your library has a strong need for basic Civil Rights books for kids this could be an additional purchase.
Liberty's Civil Rights Road Trip is a short picture book about a diverse group of people who take a bus tour of a few locations with significance to the civil rights movement, as told from a little girl's perspective. While this book is not comprehensive, it is a digestible amount of information for young children told in a way that makes it interesting to them and will hold their attention. The illustrations are soft and beautiful.
I will be getting this book for my classroom library. I think this is a story that many kids need to hear, and hopefully it will get them to understand our nation's history just a bit more.
This was a joyful book that simply described the civil rights struggle as a reason to be celebrate -- excellent illustrations
Liberty and her friend board a bus to go in the Civil Rights Road Trip with her family and other passengers. The road trip included stops in Jackson and Glendora, MS; Memphis, TN; and Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, AL, where Liberty learns about the important people who changed the course of history and ignited the Civil Rights movement. Through the course of the trip, Liberty learns about the acts of courage and significant people within the Civil Rights movement along her way. This is a great introduction and reminder for young readers.
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This is a wonderful little book with beautiful illustrations. I tried to read it with various ages in mind and ended up thinking that it is the perfect gift for a family because children will get different things out of it, depending on their age. But nobody will be bored and everyone will engage with it. As an adult, I wanted to be on that very bus and share the experience. Something for everyone here. Highly recommended!
This is a fantastic book I will be getting this for the library. The book is about two friends on a bus trip to see important places that were pivotal in the civil rights movement. The other did a nice job of summing them up and then at the end there is a small expert about each place. The book is very age appropriate and the illustrations are beautiful. I would love to pair this book with the book Freedom Walkers that I teach my middle school..
This is a great picture book for younger children to introduce the civil rights era with prominent landmarks and figures. I read this to my five year old, and it may have been a little above his head, but I was glad to at least introduce him to some important themes from American and Black history. There was an appropriate mention of killings and violence against Blacks in the Civil Rights Era, but it's not too violently depicted for younger readers to be scared or alarmed. I thought it was a wonderful book and it's one I would love to have on my kids' shelves or gift to other young readers.