Ruby Bridges’ favorite recent reads
Ruby Bridges’ name is synonymous with the Civil Rights movement and in her picture book, I Am Ruby Bridges, she talks directly to children the same age she was when she made history as the first Black child to attend an all-white school. Written from the perspective of her six-year-old self, Bridges’ exceptional story captures her feelings about school, her name, and bridging the gap between people at a pivotal time. We loved it so much we chose it as an editors’ pick for kids ages 6-8. We also asked Bridges about books she’s read and loved recently—here’s what she had to say.
Inspiration for my conversations with young people because it is about kids, community, and service. —Ruby Bridges
What I love about this book is that it reminds me so much of my own journey. I was inspired by her bravery to allow us to look into her soul. —Ruby Bridges
She Stood for Freedom shares the true story of a young white girl who stood up in the face of adversity during the civil rights movement. Like myself, she was alone, as often it was extremely dangerous for a person to do so. —Ruby Bridges
In a frightening era of banning books, I especially like this picture book that tells the story and history of slavery in the United States. The illustrations by my friend Nikkolas Smith are arresting and beautiful. A worthwhile read if you are brave enough to stare history in the face. —Ruby Bridges