TITLE: RON’S BIG MISSION
AUTHOR: Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden
ILLUSTRATOR: Don Tate
PUBLICATION INFO: Dutton, 2009
INTENDED AUDIENCE: ages 6 to 8
GENRE: picture book biography, historical fiction
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“You’re up early this morning, Ron. What’s the rush?” asked Mrs. McNair.
From the publisher:
“Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron’s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage – it is a young man’s first courageous mission. Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNair’s life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and Challenger astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance.”
THEMES/TOPICS: Civil Rights, equality, justice
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: McNair’s story will inspire young children to do something about justice and inequality. McNair doesn’t follow “the rules,” but he’s moved to do what’s right.
- Please see this past post about Martin Luther King, Jr. to learn how to talk about Civil Rights with very young children.
- Here’s a Common Core aligned second-grade lesson plan for the book.
- The Challenger Center has a number of educator resources, as well as information about the Space Shuttle mission.
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