The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles is one that every student should hear. As the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school, Ruby Bridges shows us all how brave and how forgiving a six-year-old child can be. The large illustrations as well as the simple text, makes this book a perfect read-aloud for this month.
A companion to that book would be: Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges. Even though the text is more difficult and small, it is necessary to share the words from Ruby herself as well as the actual pictures of the time. Many times when children hear a historical fiction book, they do not realize that it is based on a true story. Sharing the book, written by Ruby, right after reading the fiction piece helps students visualize what really happened and makes it real for them.