Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

The Story of Ruby Bridges


The Story of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition.  Written by Robert Coles, Illustrated by George Ford. Scholastic Paperbacks, c. 201o.

Reading Level: 730L

Synopsis: Ruby Bridges was the first African American female to integrate into the elementary schools in the Southern city of New Orleans.  This story, told in picture book form, tells the story of young Ruby as she struggles to survive and just be a normal kid in the integrated south.

Rationale for classroom use: This biography would be a good introduction to non-fiction along with a social studies unit on integration. 

Common Core Connection: Reading Informational texts and learning about historical events in the U.S. during the 1960’s.


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This entry was posted on June 10, 2013 by in Informational Texts, Picturebooks, Uncategorized and tagged , , , .

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