The Story of Ruby Bridges

Bibliographic Information: Coles, R. (2010). The Story of Ruby Bridges. New York, NY: Scholastic.

Brief Annotation: When judges tell young Ruby Bridges to attend a previously all-white school, she needs all of her courage to attend school every day as angry parents protest the first non-white student in the school.

Genre: Informational

Grade Level: k-3

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy reading about historical events will enjoy this book

Rating/Response: 5 – This book is incredible.  The illustrations are amazing, and the story is incredibly well written.  It takes a complex issue and makes it very accessible to students.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What was the hardest obstacle you had to overcome when coming to school?

Reading Strategy: Synthesizing

Rationale for strategy: This book offers opportunities to look at the stories in a deeper level.  They can use the knowledge to evaluate the decisions made by the parents in this community, and they can make connections to what they have learned through history lessons.  Students can also examine how the illustrations add another level of meaning to the text.

Posted by: Emily Busch

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