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Inconceivable!

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The Power of Lime Green

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Read with Your Ears

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Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1963-2013: 50 Years of Progress

The City of Birmingham is commemorating 50 years of civil rights progress since the tumultuous year of 1963.  And this blogger wants to add her voice, but I simply cannot write anything better than this blurb from birminghamal.org.
" An afternoon at a lunch counter.  A thousand arms linked at the elbows.  A firing line of water hoses.  A pack of German Shepherds.  A letter from a Birmingham jail.  A devastating explosion.  A world that would never be the same.  The year was 1963 and, as the world watched, events in Birmingham sparked an unstoppable surge toward equal rights for people of all races." 
I strongly encourage you to use the year 2013 to educate your entire family about this historic movement.  I'm a librarian, so I've compiled a list of books to get you started.  But don't stop there!  Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.  Stop by Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.  Stroll through Kelley Ingram Park.  Check out the photograph exhibit on the fourth floor at Birmingham Public Library.  Explore the Fifty Years Forward website.  Find a way to connect and learn.

Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner
J 323.1196 BRI
Black & White: The Confrontation of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor by Larry Dane Brimner
J 323.1 BRI
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton
E 323.1196 SHE
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
JB COL
Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement by Ann Bausum
J 323.092 BAU
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman
J 323.1196 FRE
March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris
J 323.092 FAR
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge
J 323.1196 PAR
Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Hours by Ann Bausum
J 323.092 BAU
Miles to Go for Freedom: Segregation and Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Era by Linda Barrett Osborne
J 305.896 OSB
Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement by Doreen Rappaport
J 323.1196 RAP
Oh, Freedom!: Kids Talk About the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made It Happen by Casey King & Linda Barrett Osborne
J 973.0496 KIN
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
E WOO
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
JB PAR
Rosa's Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights by Jo Kittinger
E 323.1196 KIT
Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin A. Ramsey
E RAM
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney
J 323.1196 PIN
Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me: A Memoir by John A. Stokes
J 371.829 STO
This is the Dream by Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander
J 811 SHO
We March by Shane W. Evans
E EVA
We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World by Stuart Stotts
J 782.42162 STO
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson
J 323.1196 LEV
When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement by Robert H. Mayer
J 323.1196 MAY
White Water by Michael S. Bandy & Eric Stein
E BAN

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Review of 'Hallucinations' by Oliver Sacks

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Newest Disaster in I Survived Series

The popular I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis uses well-written, action-packed stories to get kids interested in historical events.  The latest, I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863, came out this week.  Here's a full list of titles available.
I Survived The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916
I Survived The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
I Survived The Attacks of September 11, 2001
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005

If the books leave you thirsty for more historical knowledge, try one of these.
Summer's Bloodiest Days: The Battle of Gettysburg by Jennifer L. Weber
Earthquake!: On a Peaceful Spring Morning Disaster Strikes San Francisco by Shelley Tanaka
Titanic: Disaster at Sea by Martin Jenkins
Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 by Michael Capuzzo
Pearl Harbor: The U.S. Enters World War II by Steve Dougherty
September 11: We Will Never Forget by Peter Benoit
Hurricane Katrina by Judith Bloom Fradin
 

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Sweet Home Alabama

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New Orleans

Love New Orleans? Visit the Nonfiction Department to read these love letters to New Orleans and Louisiana from noted Southern authors:

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Which Movie Makes You Merry?

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Explore America, Explore Nonfiction

Have you wanted to broaden your horizons with a good book lately? Or perhaps you’ve felt like reading something that will take you back to your roots? In either case, Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America by Jay Parini is sure to inspire you with ideas for your reading list. This collection of essays focuses on the core thirteen books that entered American life and explains how they altered how we think and act. The author also offers a list of 100 other influential books in our history. Find this book, and others like it, in the Literature Room in the Nonfiction Department.

Or perhaps you want to plan the Great American Road Trip? Here are some great stories about traveling around our wonderful nation:

  • The Great American Attraction by Rich Smith
  • American Road by Peter Davies
  • Roads: Driving America’s Great Highways by Larry McMurtry
  • The Freeway by Dori DeCamillis
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