The Story of Ruby Bridges

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Pulizer Prize winner Robert Coles and illustrated by George Ford is about the first African American child to integrate a New Orleans school. The remarkable true story of Ruby Bridges is an inspiring story that should be shared with all children. This was a very important time in America’s history and this story does an excellent job paying tribute. Ruby was a brave young girl who despite the hardships and taunting she faced by being the first African American student at her school, she did not give up even though it was clear her school didn’t want her there. With her head held high, Ruby persevered in a remarkable and inspiring way. This is a great story of a positive role-model for all.

This story is recommended to children of all ages but specifically for children 4 and older. I think this is such an important message for all children and is an excellent story highlighting what life was like in the 1960s.

Resources:

Lesson Plan and Teaching Resources

Grade 3 Lesson Plan

Biography of Ruby Bridges

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