Winner of the Caldecott Honor Medal and the Coretta Scott King Medal, this picture book tribute to Rosa Parks celebrates the 50th anniversary of her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus.
Luminous watercolor and collage pictures by an award-winning artist and and seamless storytelling by an equally acclaimed poet and activist shed light on the civil rights era. Their book focuses on the engrossing personal account of Rosa Parks, the seamstress who, in 1955, refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a crowded city bus in Montgomery, AL. Meshing Parks's individual experience with the historic events that followed (the boycott and subsequent Supreme Court ruling against bus segregation), Giovanni and Collier affirm the effect one person's quiet act of courage can have on the world: "She had not sought this moment, but she was ready for it." (ages 6 to 8)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005