Dear Children’s School Community,
The One School One Book committee was pleased to have some of this year’s book selections available for purchase at the school book sale. We hope that families are enjoying their own copies of these books celebrating our community’s diverse perspectives, cultures and traditions.
December’s theme is African American history and heritage. December 1st is the anniversary of Rosa Park’s arrest and the Montgomery bus boycott.
This is the Rope, by Jacqueline Woodson, was selected for ICT pre-K and kindergarten and ASD elementary school.
This story of one family’s journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope will become part of her family’s history. But for three generations, that rope is passed down, used for everything from jump rope games to tying suitcases onto a car for the big move north to New York City, and even for a family reunion where that first little girl is now a grandmother. Newbery Honor–winning author Jacqueline Woodson and Coretta Scott King Award–winning illustrator James Ransome use the rope to frame a thoughtful and moving story as readers follow the little girl’s journey. During the time of the Great Migration, millions of African American families relocated from the South, seeking better opportunities. With grace and poignancy, Woodson’s lilting storytelling and Ransome’s masterful oil paintings of country and city life tell a rich story of a family adapting to change as they hold on to the past and embrace the future.
Here is the read aloud link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA7n8F6gr6g
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni was selected for ICT 1st through 5th grade classes and the ASD middle school.
Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed. Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni's evocative text combines with Bryan Collier's striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.
Here is the read aloud link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-PAbGXXbR0
Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions for books, enrichment activities, to share your feedback or get involved.
The One School, One Book Project of the Undoing Racism Committee