The Story of John Lewis: An Inspiring Biography for Young Readers (The Story of: Inspiring Biographies for Young Readers) (Paperback)

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The Story of John Lewis: An Inspiring Biography for Young Readers (The Story of: Inspiring Biographies for Young Readers) (Paperback)


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Discover the life of John Lewis—a story for kids 6 to 9 about fighting for a better world

John Lewis was a civil rights leader and United States congressman who never stopped speaking up for justice, equality, and peace. Before he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, John was a thoughtful kid who loved learning but wasn't able to go to a good school because of segregation. He wanted to make a difference in his community, so he organized peaceful protests to end segregation and fight for equal rights for Black Americans. Explore how John went from being a young farm boy to a famous activist, politician, and leader.

  • Independent reading—This John Lewis biography is broken down into short chapters and simple language so kids 6 to 9 can read and learn on their own.
  • Critical thinking—Kids will learn the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of John's life, find definitions of new words, discussion questions, and more.
  • A lasting legacy—Find out how John made the world a more equal place for future generations in this Black history book for kids.

How will John's hard work, bravery, and kindness inspire you?

Discover activists, artists, and athletes, and more from all across history with the rest of The Story Of series, including famous figures like: Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Ruby Bridges, and Barack Obama.
TONYA LESLIE, PhD is an educational consultant, editor, program developer, professional development service provider, and children’s book author. Dr. Leslie has worked with pioneering institutions such as PBS, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Sesame Workshop, and Girl Scouts of the USA. Read more at
Product Details ISBN: 9781648766978
ISBN-10: 1648766978
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: January 26th, 2021
Pages: 66
Language: English
Series: The Story of: Inspiring Biographies for Young Readers
The Story of John Lewis by Dr. Tonya Leslie is an inspiring and historically important young-reader text. Dr. Leslie not only chronicles the amazing life and character of this hero and civil rights activist but also speaks to concepts such as equality, injustice, equity, and political movements. Throughout the timeline of Lewis’ life, readers learn about faith, courage, and the pivotal events that built the foundation for the open society we live in today. Dr. Leslie gives readers the opportunity to think critically about how they would take political and spiritual action to make social change. This is an important book for every classroom!” —Niomi Plotkin, Urban Educational Leader

The Story of John Lewis is engaging, historically insightful, and inspirational. Each chapter provides a chronicle account of John Lewis’ key events and life-changing experiences. The manuscript also explores myths and facts concerning many historical accounts. The passages ask many life-applicable questions for young readers to review and reflect on. Overall, new readers will enjoy the John Lewis biographical story for years to come.” —Oscar Joseph III, Ph.D.

“The author offers this beautiful book to further educate us on the values and actions of a great man. This book is essential to hold dear the memory of John Lewis and so that we can learn from and apply his principles and values. The current world is in disarray, and men like John Lewis give us hope in what they graciously sacrificed for the good of us all.” —Michael K.J. Popovici, private investigator