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:
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.
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: