Let the Children March

Let the Children March


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Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration2019

I couldn't play on the same playground as the white kids. 
I couldn't go to their schools.  
I couldn't drink from their water fountains.  
There were so many things I couldn't do. 

In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world. Frank Morrison's emotive oil-on-canvas paintings bring this historical event to life, while Monica Clark-Robinson's moving and poetic words document this remarkable time. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544704527
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 64,408
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Monica Clark-Robinson is a writer, part-time professor, and professional actor who has been writing for over fifteen years. This is her picture book debut.

Frank Morrison is the illustrator of more than twenty books, including a John Steptoe Award winner, Jazzy Miz Mozetta, and a Coretta Scott King Honor book, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone. 


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Let the Children March 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty amazing. A must read for every child's Civil Rights education. The lesser known children's march in Birmingham comes to life in beautiful prose and striking illustrations. As a parent, it was hard to read about all those children out there marching. For a child, though, it is absolutely empowering. A beautiful lesson in how one person (a kid!) can cause change. This needs to be in every school library.
JSnia 8 months ago
Let the Children March is a gorgeous picture book written by Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrated by Frank Morrison, that tells of the 1963 Children’s Crusade during the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to a Birmingham church and asked for citizens to march for freedom. The adults wanted to march, but they also needed to feed their families. They could not risk losing their jobs. Who could march? Dr. King suggested, “Let The Children March!” The children agreed. “Singing the songs of freedom, one thousand strong we came.” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019)
NVCrittenden More than 1 year ago
Let The Children March beautifully and strikingly illustrates a march for civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. This book shows, through the eyes of children, what it would have been like to march for equal rights and desegregation. A must-read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book manages to explain a difficult aspect of history in a way that can be understood by children. The gently lyrical language and evocative images are spellbinding. I think this is an important book to have in classrooms especially. Parents who want to teach children history in an honest and brave way will also appreciate it.
CathyBallouMealey More than 1 year ago
Vibrantly illustrated and inspiring tale that will empower and assure children of their ability to make a difference in the world. Told from a child's first-person perspective, the lyrical, powerful text highlights life-changing events in the struggle for justice, freedom and civil rights. Stunning images and valuable endnotes make this a top pick for bookshelves everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Monica Clark-Robinson's words are moving and important. Frank Morrison's illustrations are stunning and powerful. A book to get and share.
Shanda McCloskey More than 1 year ago
“Let the Children March” by Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison - 5 stars! I found this story to be captivating. It is a story of how children took the place of their parents in a Birmingham, AL freedom march. How they suffered and succeeded. How they protected their parents’ jobs. How silly it must’ve looked (and symbolic) to see strong white men blasting peaceful marching black children and then sending them to jail for simply … marching. And how change actually came from it! What a kid power story! A TRUE kid power story!
Margaret Chiu More than 1 year ago
This powerful debut by Monica Clark-Robinson is told in first person by a girl participating in the Birmingham Children's Crusade of 1963. The child's point of view makes the story accessible to any child of any race, who would feel the injustice of not having the freedom to do things solely due to color of skin and the fear of marching despite being met with anger and hostility. This story is an important one and even though the anger and violence against these young marchers is difficult and hard to accept, Clark-Robinson and illustrator Morrison do a beautiful job of conveying the courage, strength, and hope that kept these children going. Clark-Robinson's prose is lyrical and rhythmic yet remains in voice, which can be difficult to do when writing from the perspective and in the voice of a child. Really well-done picture book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An emotionally powerful and empowering story. This story of the children's march in Birmingham during the Civil Rights movement offers a kid's perspective and shows that children can make a big difference. It's a compelling story of bravery and standing up for what you know is right. The illustrations are powerful, with the people rendered quite beautifully.
Kerri Kokias More than 1 year ago
A powerful and empowering story about the role of children in a piece of the Civil Rights movement. Important history AND a timeless lesson on being brave and standing up for what is right.
ReaderWriterEducator More than 1 year ago
What a great story to empower children and let them know they, too, can play a role in making the world a better place! This resolute and lyrical text marches us through a critical time and showcases the importance of community. The first-person narration lets readers experience the children’s perspective in the midst of a life-changing event. The illustrations are gorgeous, filled with emotion, and provide interesting viewpoints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let the Children March, is based on the 1963 Birmingham Children’s Crusade when children marched to protest segregation. The cover art, painted in a bright colorful palette, powerfully contrasts with the anguish depicted on the faces of the children. The end papers lay out a detailed timeline of the civil rights movement. So before the story begins, the reader has a clear understanding of this dark time in America’s history. I wasn’t prepared for my own emotional response as the story unfolded. The opening line reads, “I couldn’t play on the same playground with the white kids...” Wow! The story is told from the perspective of young girl. Written in a strong, bold, matter of fact way without sentimentality or preachiness, the author is able to convey the strength, courage, love and persistence in the midst of adversity. The artwork conveys the emotions of hatred, anger, fear, courage, and anguish without being too scary for younger readers. Not only did I learn more about this time in history, but more importantly, I felt empathy and inspired. Beautifully written and illustrated. A must read for kids and adults.