Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvin: Civil Rights Heroes (History Comics)

by Tracey Baptiste (Author) Shauna J Grant (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: History Comics

Turn back the clock with History Comics! In this volume, learn about two brave women who stood up against segregation, setting in motion the Montgomery Bus Boycott!

A Black woman who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus sparked a bus boycott and became part of one of the most iconic moments in American history. Yet, few know that Rosa Parks had actively worked toward social justice her whole life. And even fewer know that the seeds of the statewide bus boycott were first planted by a teenager named Claudette Colvin, who was arrested on similar charges months earlier. Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin inspired a nation, showing how positive change can start with a single defiant act. Their actions have become the stuff of legend, but there is so much more to their lives, their stories, and the movement they began.

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A valuable addition to the growing swath of graphic novels drawing attention to civil rights history

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Tracey Baptiste
Tracey Baptiste is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous middle-grade novels, including Minecraft: The Crash, The Jumbies series, and African Icons, and has made a splash with her picture books Looking for a Jumbie and Because Claudette. You can visit her online at

Leisl Adams is a director, storyboard Artist and illustrator. She is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Batter Royale, for young adults. You can visit her online at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
First Second
Publication date
January 20, 2023
History Comics
BISAC categories
JNF018010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JNF053140 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Topics | Prejudice & Racism
JNF007110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF062020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | History
JNF071000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Activism & Volunteering
Library of Congress categories

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