The Story of Ruby Bridges.
New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1995. A delightful story about Ruby Bridges as the first black child to attend an all white school in New Orleans. The story portrays a beautiful child who displays faith and courage amidst hatred and prejudice.
Learning About Dedication from the Life of Frederick Douglass.
New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 1996. Children can learn so much from this character building book about a slave and how amidst severe hardship he was able to survive and help others to freedom.
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King.
New York: Scholastic, Inc., A beautiful book written for young children about the life and times of Dr. King. The book begins with his birth in 1929 and ends with his death in 1968.
Pinkney, Jerry and Schroeder, Alan.
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman.
New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, l996. A beautiful story about the childhood of Harriet Tubman. The story shows young Tubman as a bold child who later suffers for her boldness. The colorful pictures add a lot of warmth to the story.
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky.
New York: Crown Publisher’s, Inc., 1992. Ringgold writes in poetic style as she tells the story of Harriet Tubman through Cassie and Be Be. The book gives an account of the chilling realities of slavery and the joyful celebrations of freedom.
Cassie’s Colorful Day.
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1999. Pictures are taken from Ringgold’s book,
Cassie is going on an outing with her father. An easy reader for young children filled with bright colors.
Counting to Tar Beach.
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1999. The book is based on Ringgold’s
where Cassie and Be Be are going on a magical picnic. The book is a counting book and is filled with bright colorful pictures from the picnic beginning from one to ten.
Dinner at Aunt Connie’s House.
New York: Scholastic, 1993. Ringgold’s story is based on her story quilt that she painted in 1986. The painting is called, “The Dinner Quilt,” and tells a story of famous African-American women such as Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Marian Anderson, Madame C. J. Walker, etc.
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks.
New York: Simon and Schuster Books for young Readers, 1999. Ringgold’s book tells the story of Rosa Parks through Marcie’s magical ride on a talking bus, the Rosa Parks bus. At the end of the story Marcie meets Rosa Parks at a birthday party. In this story the reader discover why Rosa Parks is the mother of the Civil Rights Movement. Ringgold weaves a Black Spiritual into the story.
My Dream of Martin Luther King.
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1995. Faith Ringgold tells the story of Martin Luther King in first person through a dream. Not only does she tell the story of Dr. King but she gives the history of the civil rights movement. Beautiful illustrations in vivid colors.
The Invisible Princess.
New York: Random House, Inc., 1999. A story of conflict between a village of slaves and their evil plantation owner. The story takes on magical qualities as the slaves become invisible through the help of Mama and Papa Love’s invisible princess and the bees. The plantation owner’s daughter also joins the invisible slaves in the magical village of freedom and peace, and the evil plantation owner eventually repents and joins the group.
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1991. Cassie Louise Lightfoot is on the rooftop of their apartment building where her family often has gatherings on a hot summer’s evening. She dreams that she is free to go
wherever she wants to go for the rest of her life. One evening her dream comes true and she flies above the George Washington Bridge and other tall buildings. The book contains beautiful pictures with vivid color.