My latest find at our amazing Columbus Metropolitan Library includes this book: SIT-IN How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting DOWN by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. May I just say, "WOW!" Hands down to Andrea and Brian Pinkney for a job so well done. This inspirational story retells the events from February 1st, 1960 when four friends went to a "ONLY WHITE" restaurant, and waited patiently and peacefully to be served. Their order was a simple one: a doughnut and coffee with cream on the side. Their plan was simple: they'll wait peacefully to be served. But not only the waitress ignored them and refused to serve them, but people around the treated them either like they were invisible or yelled at them. But day after day, these four friends sat at the counter waiting to be served, and since they didn't do or say much to other people, they brought homework and books to read. But day after day, they got treated the same: as if they were invisible.
However, something WAS happening. People started to hear about these four friends that are waiting to be serve. Soon, people were following the four friends on the radio and T.V. The impact of their peaceful actions were huge. And people started to notice them and even support them.
I won't tell you the ending but let me just say what a tremendous find at our local library. I enjoyed reading this book so much, I always feel inspired and energized when I read stories about real people, real fights and struggles, and perseverance.
This book is truly a treasure to have in the classroom. The poetic and rhythmic language in the book makes it so enjoyable to read aloud. At the end of the book, you'll find a Civil RIghts Timeline which is a treasure all by itself. The author also included a page with other books in the same subject and some suggested websites for further exploration.