Let the Children March
Let the Children March is not your average picture book. It’s about how African-American children of the 1960s marched for equality instead of their parents, who were very afraid to lose their jobs over it. When they heard Dr. King’s speech at a church in Birmingham, Alabama, the adults knew they had to fight, but they couldn’t, so many children volunteered to march instead. They got told to go away, had dogs set on them, and were even sent to jail for it. But children kept on marching. Soon, some adults joined and persisted and eventually changed the government’s mind.
The illustrations in this book are done beautifully with oil paint and depict the courageous event well. I love how detailed all the pictures are; you can clearly see the events mirrored in the kids’ faces, and it shows how brave they really were and what they went through.
I really enjoyed this book because it’s specifically about how the children fought for equality. I haven’t seen many picture books like this one, and about this exact subject. I was very happy to review this book. I would recommend this book to kids seven and up.
HMH Books for Young Readers
Monica Clark-Robinson • Frank Morrison, Illustrator