Liberty’s Civil Rights Road Trip
2022 Winner of the Wilbur Award for Children's Book of the Year
An NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
Time to board the bus! Liberty and her friend Abdullah, with their families and a diverse group of passengers, head off to their first stop: Jackson, Mississippi. Next on their map are Glendora, Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, and finally Selma, for a march across the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge.
As told through the innocent view of a child, Liberty’s Civil Rights Road Trip serves as an early introduction to places, people, and events that transformed history. The story is inspired by an actual journey led by author Michael W. Waters, bringing together a multigenerational group to witness key locations from the civil rights movement. An author’s note and more information about each stop on Liberty’s trip offer ways for adults to expand the conversation with young readers.
A portion of the publisher's sales proceeds will be donated to Foot Soldiers Park in Selma, Alabama, a nonprofit dedicated to honoring the history and continued relevance of the Selma movement.
“On an interfaith, family-based road trip, a young Black girl visits important landmarks of the civil rights movement. . . . A unique and valuable perspective.”
“This introduction to historic individuals and monumental locations is both inspiring and a useful teaching tool, and will see wide use in most collections.”
—School Library Journal
“An accessible, anecdotal introduction to pivotal civil rights events and luminaries.”