Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

A recipe for justice is the extended metaphor of this distinctive picture book about... read more

A recipe for justice is the extended metaphor of this distinctive picture book about the civil rights sit-ins that began with four Black college students at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960. “They sat straight and proud. And waited. And wanted. A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.” Andrea Davis Pinkney’s text has moments of playfulness and moments of power as it describes how that first sit-in expanded from four students to many, and from Greensboro to other cities across the South as part of the larger fight for civil rights. Brian Pinkney’s imaginative illustrations include images of a lunch counter that grows longer and longer as more and more people join the protests. A Civil Rights Movement timeline highlighting key individuals, organizations, and events, as well as an author’s note and suggestions for additional reading and research, are all part of the informative end matter. (Ages 7–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2011

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