The Teachers March!
How Selma's Teachers Changed History
A Junior Library Guild selection
STUNNINGLY POWERFUL … The Wallaces pack their account with well-researched details so that readers get to know Reverend Reese and others as people as well as activists, and Palmer’s vibrant acrylic paintings intensify the urgency of the moment ... The marching teachers inspired other groups—beauticians, barbers, undertakers—to organize, but most significantly, they inspired students to participate. A timely testament to the power of collectivism and the continued need for widespread civic engagement.Booklist (starred review)
A MASTERFUL job of detailing the impetus for the teachers march … Palmer’s brushy paintings are full of color, detail, and emotion. The narrative is well paced and will work brilliantly as a read-aloud for patient, older preschoolers and early elementary–age children, and it should spark many a conversation about race and protest. An alarmingly relevant book that mirrors current events.Kirkus (starred review)
VIVID NONFICTION … the Wallaces eloquently portray the vitality of the group effort as well as the high risk involved in participating in the initial and subsequent Selma marches. Abstract, multilayered acrylic paintings by Palmer ground readers in the action … This well-researched picture book proves riveting in its telling of how everyday heroes led a fight that resulted in the Voting Rights Act.Publishers Weekly (starred review)