It’s Monday and here’s what I’m reading #IMWAYR: February 23th., 2015



It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and Sheila at BookJourney

Rep. John Lewis has led a remarkable life, as a Civil Rights icon and as a continuing voice of conscience in Congress today.  Together with writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, John Lewis has written a memoir in graphic novel form.  The first two books of the trilogy are:

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March: Book One spans Lewis’ life from his boyhood in Alabama to his meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the dangerous activism of the lunch counter sit-ins.

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March: Book Two picks up the story of the Civil Rights struggle and ends with the March on Washington and Dr. King’s inspirational speech.  

These are stunning books – and the graphic novel format tells this  story in an especially immediate and powerful way.  I can see sharing this book as a read aloud via a document camera, so that students can engage and connect with illustrations.  Here is the trailer for Book One, a mini-documentary of the fight for Civil Rights in itself:


9 thoughts on “It’s Monday and here’s what I’m reading #IMWAYR: February 23th., 2015

  1. I love that these nonfiction titles are in graphic format. It brings so many readers to the table who might otherwise by intimidated by the idea of reading a straight print title.

  2. Wow wow wow! I love historical graphic novels! Will be teaching a higher-degree course on the use of multicultural graphic novels something this August – and will definitely include these two in my reading list. Pinning them now. 🙂 Thanks dear Tara!

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