The Story of Ruby Bridges (The Story Of)

by Arlisha Norwood Alston (Author)

The Story of Ruby Bridges (The Story Of)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: The Story Of

Discover the life of Ruby Bridges--a story about bravery and breaking down barriers for kids ages 6 to 9

Ruby Bridges was the first Black student to attend an all-white public school in the southern United States. Before she helped desegregate schools and change the course of history, Ruby had a simple childhood. She was a happy girl who helped take care of her younger siblings and loved to play outside. Her life changed when she was chosen to attend William Frantz Elementary, where she became a civil rights leader at a very young age. Explore how Ruby went from being a thoughtful girl growing up in Mississippi to a national leader in the fight for equality.

The Story of Ruby Bridges includes:

  • Core curriculum--Learn the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Ruby's life, and take a quick quiz to test your knowledge. 
  • Her lasting legacy--Explore how Ruby Bridges made the world a better place for future generations, including you! 
  • Word definitions--Discover easy-to-understand explanations of some of the more advanced words and ideas inside the book.

How will Ruby's courage inspire you?

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Review quotes

"Arlisha Norwood Alston has already proven she is knowledgeable about Black history through her prior books, and continues to amaze us with this one. This book makes you see the story through Ruby's eyes. The Story of Ruby Bridges is a beautifully written and illustrated story that makes it easy for children to understand, and would be enjoyed by adults as well. You and your child(ren) will love this book!" —LaKendria April, kindergarten teacher

"The Story of Ruby Bridges not only informs us about how one brave little girl changed America's school system, it inspires." —Kate Hannigan, author of A Lady Has the Floor

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Rockridge Press
Publication date
July 20, 2021
The Story Of
BISAC categories
JNF007110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
New Orleans (La.)
Race relations
African American children
New Orleans
School integration
Bridges, Ruby

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