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It's Her Story: Rosa Parks

Written by Lauren Burke

Illustrated by Shane Clester

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Graphic Novels & Comics History People / Places

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Graphic novel representation of the hero behind the Montgomery Bus Strike

This short (44 pages) graphic novel on the life and impact of Rosa Parks – the woman known as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA - packs in a huge amount of information simply and clearly. The author commented she decided that It’s Her Story: Rosa Parks would celebrate a lifetime of activism versus a single moment. And that she would depict late nights, setbacks, and moments of doubt so that children … learn that while change is possible, it doesn’t happen overnight. You have to put in the work.


This book does just that – it shows with commendable brevity the many sides of the struggles that Rosa and the movement in the USA faced. The story develops as a young girl is taken to see an exhibition by her grandmother – who tells her granddaughter the story of Rosa’s life. 


The novel is a model of brevity but which packs in the information we all need to know and remember about Rosa and her struggles. Illustrator Shane Clester has produced Graphic novels for Marvel and Nick Jnr, as well as publishing his own picture books. 


A book that needs to be on book shelves – not only in Black History Month.


There is a companion graphic book from Sunbird Books, It's Her Story: Marie Curie, a biography of the trailblazing scientist.


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It's Her Story: Rosa Parks Synopsis

Rosa Parks was the courageous thinker and leader known as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. Long before the Montgomery Bus Boycott made her famous, she was a social justice activist and organizer. In honour of her work, she received a Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This is her story.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781503752948
Publication date: 6th May 2021
Author: Lauren Burke
Illustrator: Shane Clester
Publisher: Phoenix International, Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
Topics: Graphic Novels & Comics, History, People / Places, Racism / Multi-Culturalism

About Lauren Burke

Lauren Burke is a writer and editor from Chicago, Illinois. Her work focuses on women’s history, travel, and classic literature. She also co-hosts a podcast called Bonnets at Dawn about the lives and works of women writers from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

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