Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates

by Chris Barton (Author) Steffi Walthall (Illustrator)

Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Meet activist Alton Yates, an Air Force veteran who dedicated his life to propelling America forward--from space travel to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond--in this inspiring nonfiction picture book.

As a child growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, Alton Yates watched Black veterans return home from fighting for their country, only to have that country turn its back on them. After Alton joined the Air Force and risked his life to make spacecraft and airplane flight safer, he returned home to the same Jim Crow laws. Alton now had a new mission: To make a stand against Jim Crow.

Based on author Chris Barton's extensive interviews, witness Alton Yates's lifelong commitment to his country, as he put his life on the line time and again for science, for civil rights, and for America's progress.


Kirkus Reviews

Readers will be inspired by one man’s guiding ethic: forward ever, backward never.
Chris Barton
Chris Barton is the award-winning, best-selling author of books for children, including Dazzle Ships; Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions; The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch; Shark vs. Train; and The Day-Glo Brothers. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Don Tate is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children. His illustrated books include The Cart That Carried Martin; Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions; and Hope's Gift. He is also both author and illustrator of Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth; It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw; and Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton. www.dontate.com
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9781534473652
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Beach Lane Books
Publication date
January 20, 2022
Series
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