Racism is a grown-up disease, and we must stop using our children to spread it. – Ruby Bridges
Summary from Scholastic:
This beautiful picture book, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award-illustrator George Ford, and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Coles, tells the true story of six-year-old Ruby Bridges. In 1960, Ruby, a young African-American girl, entered a whites-only school in New Orleans. Even though she had to pass through crowds of angry protesters, Ruby bravely walked into the school. Every day for months, Ruby persevered. White parents pulled their children out of the school, and Ruby and her teacher were alone in the classroom. Still, Ruby and her family would not give in.
Both the text and the watercolor paintings of this book capture Ruby’s incredible strength, the love of her family, and the turmoil of America in the early 1960s.
How to Use The Story of Ruby Bridges in the Classroom:
- Talk about the integration of schools in the United States and the challenges Ruby faced when she began attending her new school.
- Check out some lesson ideas from Scholastic.
- Listen to Lori McKenna’s song “Ruby’s Shoes”.
- Learn more about Ruby Bridges and her impact on American history at these websites:
Have you read The Story of Ruby Bridges with your students or child? How have you used this book beyond reading comprehension?