Published by Orchard Books
Summary: Ruby Bridges tells her story of integrating William Frantz Elementary School in 1960 at the age of six. While she has heard of Brown v. Board of Education, she is more interested in making friends and who her teacher will be. She is surprised to be driven to school by four white men, to have a white principal, and most of all, to discover that she is the only student in her classroom. Seeing that empty classroom makes her finally realize what is going on: she is the first Black child to attend the school, and that will allow other Black students to go there too. “And that’s a good thing, for Black kids. For white kids, too…for all the kids, once they finally get here!” Includes a glossary and notes from the author and illustrator. 48 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: An inspiring autobiography with bold illustrations that capture young Ruby’s humor and courage. If you’re looking for a Black history read-aloud for primary grades, this is a perfect choice that shows kids the powerful difference one six-year-old made in a way that they will relate to.
Cons: You will probably want to supplement this with additional material to explain to kids exactly what it was Ruby did.