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 author of books including bestseller Shark vs. Train, the Mighty Truck series, and acclaimed nonfiction such as The Day-Glo Brothers, Whoosh! and What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? Chris lives in Austin, Texas, where he has advocated for greater diversity in children's literature by cofounding the Modern First Library program with BookPeople. For more information about him, please visit www.chrisbarton.info.
Shanda (rhymes with panda) McCloskey is the author-illustrator of the STEM-friendly tales: DOLL-E 1.0 and T-BONE THE DRONE. She studied art in Atlanta and New York City, and now lives in Ball Ground, GA with two cool daughters, an awesome husband, and a scruffy dog named Jovie. Shanda loves visiting schools and invites you to visit and download free activities at ShandaMc.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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BISAC categories
JNF018010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JNF007110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
JNF057010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Transportation | Aviation
Library of Congress categories
History
African Americans
Biographies
Civil rights workers
United States
Civil rights
Race relations
Florida
African American civil rights workers
Airmen
Jacksonville
Jacksonville (Fla.)
Yates, Alton

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