Children’s Books Can Teach Social Justice

Social justice is a concept of fair and just moral treatment between an individual and society.  This includes the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges. The right to vote is one of the privileges to which all Americans are entitled.

Granddaddy’s Gift is used widely to teach the importance of voting. It is included on the Social Justice Book List which is compiled by the National Network of  State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY).

When her granddaddy becomes the first black registered voter in their small Mississippi town, Little Joe learns about determination and courage in the face of prejudice.

Excerpts from Book Reviews:

“A sensitive effort from Mitchell, about a courageous man in the segregated South who steadfastly pursued a goal, creating a legacy of pride and hope for the young girl who tells his story.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Johnson’s strong, realistic paintings personalize the familiar scenes of the civil rights movement.” -Booklist

Granddaddy’s Gift is available from Scholastic Books

Happy Birthday Dr. King

Today is the federal holiday set aside to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s contributions to society. This year the holiday falls on the day of his birth – January 15. As we spend this day in service in honor of Dr. King’s life of service, we pause to remember his fight for social justice, his commitment to the civil rights struggle, and his efforts to address economic and unemployment problems of disadvantaged people.

Dr. King was  a man of peace.  Even though people denigrated him and called him names, he never publicly responded by name-calling those who opposed him.  He used his gift of words to get his point across. He also used his words to inspire. We, too, dreamed right along with Dr. King for a better world.

We have to keep Dr. King’s legacy alive. Keep the books coming about his life. The following story happened today. A boy was asked, “Do you know who Martin Luther King is?” He replied, “I think he freed the slaves.” There is still work to be done.  We have to continue to educate children and adults about the importance of Dr. King’s life and his accomplishments.

And as we educate, let’s continue to dream and fight for everything Dr. King stood for.

Granddaddy’s Gift Recognized For Social Justice By NNSTOY

I’m super excited that my book, Granddaddy’s Gift, has been recognized by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) as a valuable classroom addition on Social Justice. #TeachSocJustice

Granddaddy’s Gift is a tribute to my grandfather – Joe King, Jr.

Having the right to vote was very important to him. One of my most treasured memories is when I turned 18 my grandfather took me to the courthouse to register to vote. He would be beyond thrilled to learn that his actions all those years ago inspired Granddaddy’s Gift.

Granddaddy’s Gift has stood the test of time. It is included in the Social Justice Book List which is available here: Social Justice Book List

Granddaddy’s Gift is available through Scholastic