Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

By Author / Illustrator

Lisbeth Kaiser, Marta Antelo



Age range(s)



Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd








In this book from the highly acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Rosa Parks, the 'Mother of the Freedom Movement.'

Rosa Parks grew up in Alabama, where she learned to stand up for herself at an early age. Rosa went on to become a civil rights activist. In 1955, she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her courageous decision had a huge impact on civil rights, eventually leading to the end of segregation on public transport. She never stopped working for equal rights. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the activist's life.

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.

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Rosa grew up in Alabama where, although slavery had ended, there was still no equality. Whilst she walked to school, white children were taken on the bus; she could not use the same water fountain or entrance as white people; she could take the bus to work, but could only sit at the back. She knew these things were not right. One day, on the way home from work, Rosa refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white person - and her arrest for this led to protests and bus boycotts which helped to establish the civil rights movement. This title from the Little People, Big Dreams series looks at the life of the remarkable Rosa Parks and how she strove for what she knew to be right in a world where the odds were stacked against her. Told simply but effectively, her story is made accessible to young children, providing much to discuss and consider. The illustrations are very appealing and the book is attractively presented. A timeline, using photographs, is given at the back which offers additional information about Rosa's life. This is an important story, providing a powerful message about how ordinary people can change the world by holding firm to what they believe to be right. 32 pages / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher.

Suggested Reading Age 5+


This beautiful series of information books caught my eye on display at the bookshop a little while ago. Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser and illustrated by Marta Antelo is one of three new titles in the series that will be published in September 2017. In common with others in this series, it is visually very different from the run of the mill biography aimed at the children's market. The cover art, illustrations, design, layout and production are all very appealing and high quality and I can certainly see myself feeling compelled to buy the entire set to display in my library! Most importantly, this series taps into the appetite for books about influential women whose stories have perhaps in the past been overlooked. Rosa Parks is certainly a very worthy subject for a children's biography and her story is one that will inspire children to stand up for their beliefs. What could, of course, be an upsetting story is told in a sensitive way using a small amount of text, but without avoiding the uncomfortable truths. It has been beautifully illustrated in a charmingly naive style, adding to its appeal. These aspects make it a great option to read aloud with younger children of 5+, either in the classroom setting or at home. Helpfully, a timeline is included at the back of the book that features some further biographical information about Rosa Parks as well as some photographs. In addition, on the following page is a list of other books about her life that readers might like to refer to for further information. These features in particular make this book an excellent resource for independent research in Years 3 to 5. It would be a fantastic and inspirational addition to any primary school library. Picture book / Ages 5-10 years / Reviewed by Emily Marcuccilli, school librarian.

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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