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Birmingham Sunday (Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards)) - Larry Dane Brimner Wow. This is a powerful account of the civil rights movement, and it's an excellent overview for older elementary or middle-school children. I had never seen some of these pictures before, and every one of them is striking in their own right. The photo on the cover from the perspective of looking out of a bombed out Sixteenth Street Baptist Church at a busniess across the street called Liberty is poignant, to say the least.

This is definitely a book that should be on the reading list for kids studying the civil rights movement, but the images and text pull no punches, so parents and teachers should pre-read it to determine whether or not it's appropriate for their children. Children and young adults were at the forefront of this movement, so in addition to the obvious lessons about the civil rights movement, this is also a great opportunity for kids to learn about how they do have the power to change society.