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Find Out More, Session 15: Courage and Perseverance

In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program

The game, "Hi, My Name's Joe" was adapted, with permission, from Crazy Gibberish and other story hour stretches from a storyteller's bag of tricks by Naomi Baltuck (Hamden, CT: Linnet Books, 1993).

Storybooks about Persevering, Courageous Heroes and Heroines

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford (New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2005) takes the point of view of a young girl who watches her older brother and sister participate in the sit-ins that helped to desegregate lunch counters in the South.

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2005) is a Caldecott Honor book that tells the story of how Rosa Parks' bravery and perseverance inspired others to take up the cause of desegregation and brought about the Supreme Court ruling that segregation was illegal in the United States.

Nobody Going to Turn Me 'Round: Stories and songs of the civil rights movement by Doreen Rappaport (Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2006) tells the stories of many people who worked hard to bring about change during the Civil Rights Movement.

Black Whiteness: Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop (Atheneum: 1998).

Mary Anning and Sea Dragon by Jeannine Atkins (New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999) is the true story of an 11-year-old girl who, inspired by her dead father's advice to, "Don't ever stop looking," painstakingly uncovered the first Pleisosaur to be found in England .

With Courage: Seven Women who Changed America by Lynea Bowdish (New York: Mondo Publishing, 2004) includes stories about Rachel Carson, Dolores Huerta, Maya Lin, Wilma Mankiller and others. Not really a picture book, this book would need your interpretation to share with this age group.

Voices of Hope: Heroes' Stories for Challenging Times by The Giraffe Project. has over 40 stories of people of all ages who made a difference and suggestions for how young people can move toward empowerment to take action.

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Last updated on Friday, May 11, 2012.

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