Perfect Picture Book Friday: LET THE CHILDREN MARCH

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I missed last week, so we have some giveaways to award before we get to the special book featured today.

From author Nancy Churnin – a copy of CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT. And the winner is…

Julie LaCombe

From author/illustrator Jeanette Bradley – a copy of LOVE, MAMA. And the winner is…

Suzy Leopold

From author Kerri Kokias – a PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE. And the winner is…

Kaye Baillie


I’m so excited about the coming year…so many fabulous picture books are debuting…and I hope to share many of them with you. 

let the children march


Written by Monica Clark-Robinson

Illustrated by Frank Robinson

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers (2018)

Ages: 6-9

Themes: Civil Rights, segregation


From Amazon:

I couldn’t play on the same playground as the white kids. 
I couldn’t go to their schools.  
I couldn’t drink from their water fountains.  
There were so many things I couldn’t do. 
In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world. Frank Morrison’s emotive oil-on-canvas paintings bring this historical event to life,
while Monica Clark-Robinson’s moving and poetic words document this remarkable time. 
Why I like this book:
  • I love stories that inspire children to become doers as well as dreamers.
  • I love books that bring history alive for young readers.
  • I love illustrations that capture our attention…and our hearts.
  • I love when the partnership of author and illustrator works as it does so beautifully in this book.
  • No doubt about it…this is a 5-STAR picture book…don’t miss it!


handprint bigPhoto courtesy:

Martin Luther King Day may have passed, but it’s never to late to celebrate diversity. Kids will love tracing their hand prints. For a classroom, why not have kids trace as many hand prints as there are kids and decorate them. Then kids can trade, so each child has a wreath made from hand prints of the entire class.

For detailed instructions:

Thank you all for stopping by…I appreciate your time and your company! I’ve been less active on social media because I’ve been writing and revising…but I’ve been keeping up with STORYSTORM. Each day, another author shares how they get ideas for stories. My notebook is filling up and I’m so excited about that. I’m also excited because on January 25th, it will be my turn to share my thoughts with everyone. I hope you’ll all stop by Tara’s blog to say hello!

And for more perfect picture book reviews, please visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog where all lovers of picture books join her Perfect Picture Book Friday link up.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on January 19, 2018, in Craft Activity for Kids, Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Great post, Vivian, and just in time for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Books about diversity are important for teaching us all to accept and appreciate.


  2. looks like a picture book every classroom should have.

    My Storystorm notebook is filling up too. And I already wrote a draft of my very first idea!!! 2018 is starting off well.


  3. Can’t wait to read this one! AND to read your post on Tara’s Storystorm blog. You are a busy woman. 🙂


  4. This book sounds wonderful and I love the craft idea! Thanks, Vivian! Keep Storystorming and making your own mss. sparkle. 🙂


  5. mariagianferrari

    It’s on my library request list, Vivian :). Looking forward to your STORYSTORM post!! 🙂 ❤


  6. Looks like a great story Vivian, Can’t wait for your turn on Storystorm!


  7. I have been meaning to read this one, Vivian. Another great addition to Black History month, which is every month.


  8. This book is in my stack of picture books that I requested from the library. It is an excellent story of courage and resilience of how children marched for civil rights. The illustrations are creative. And even more creativity are the end papers depict a timeline of information.

    Do you hear me shouting, “Hip, hip, hooray!” while jumping up and down? How exciting to win LOVE, MAMA by Jeanette Bradley.

    Suzy Leopold


  9. Gorgeous! Timely! Important! Love this book!


  10. Perfect for Black History Month. I look forward to reading this treasure. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know there was a Children’s March in 1963. I was 12. Always a timely story.


  11. Thanks for sharing about Story Storm. I am going to check it out. I just put Let the Children March on hold at the library. Thanks!


  12. This looks like a wonderful book. I love the illustrations! Thanks for sharing!


  13. I won the critique! Thank you Vivian And Kerri! I’m so excited and lucky. And the featured book here looks amazing and powerful.


  14. Congrats to the winners. Great post Vivian. Quite a powerful picture book.


  15. This sounds like a wonderful book, Vivian. And one that needs to be in our school library. Thank you!


  16. A great choice for this weekend of marches and following so closely on Martin Luther King Day. Hope to catch up soon with StoryStorm so I can read your post in ”real time.”


  17. Remarkable book! A must have for teachers!
    Good luck with your writing, Vivian!!


  18. Looks fabulous! I’m going to recommend “Let the Children March” to my Reading Partners site coordinator!


  19. I’m so excited to have won Nancy Churnin’s CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT! I also can’t wait to add LET THE CHILDREN MATCH to my shelves.


  20. This book sounds wonderful. I look forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing.


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