The life story of Rosa Parks is a very good way of teaching kids to treat everyone with equality.

Rosa Parks is a well-known figure in the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. Her story of courage and defiance against injustice teaches kids the importance of speaking up for themselves. Here in this article, we have listed the 13 best Rosa Parks books for kids to read.

Rosa Parks was the woman that refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 to a white person. Her refusal sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and became an important moment in the Civil Rights Movement.

This boycott led to the end of segregation on public transportation. After she died, her life story has been told in several books for children and adults alike.

Best Rosa Parks Books For Kids of All Ages

Here, we have listed three books that we found best from the entire list based on our choice, the best value you can get at the price mentioned, and budget-friendly:

  1. Our #1 Choice: Little People, BIG DREAMS: Rosa Parks
  2. Best Value Pick: I am Rosa Parks
  3. Best Budget Pick: A Girl Named Rosa

1. Little People, BIG DREAMS: Rosa Parks

A simple book with a few lines of text on each page. In this book from the highly acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Rosa Parks, the “Mother of the Freedom Movement.”

This book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the activist’s life.

  • Best suitable for Age: 5 – 8 years
  • No. of Pages: 32
  • Our Rating: 4.9 out of 5

2. Who Was Rosa Parks?

This children’s book with illustrations starts by talking about Rosa as a small child living in segregated Alabama and then moves on to talk about Rosa changing various schools and finally becoming a secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The book talked about Claudette Colvin, too, a 15-year-old girl, who refused to give her seat to one white passenger months before Parks’s refusal. The book also explains Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow Laws concepts.

  • Best suitable for Age: 8- 12 years
  • No. of Pages: 112
  • Our Rating: 4.8 out of 5

3. I am Rosa Parks

It starts with Rosa being a bit small for her age and being teased affectionately by her brother. Next, she’s at a park and gets pushed by a white boy. She pushes him back and stands up to his mother, too, who threatens to have her put in jail.

The book covers some of Rosa Parks childhood, including how blacks were treated at that time. Separate schools, separate water fountains, separate elevators, etc.

  • Best suitable for Age: 5 – 9 years
  • No. of Pages: 40
  • Our Rating: 4.8 out of 5

4. A Girl Named Rosa

The A Girl Named series tells the stories of how ordinary American girls grew up to be extraordinary American women. In addition to stories and facts about Rosa’s upbringing and accomplishments, the book includes a timeline and a glossary, plus a profile of a noteworthy and contemporary American girl following in Rosa’s monumental footsteps to stand up for equal rights, even in the face of adversity.

  • Best suitable for Age: 7 – 10 years
  • No. of Pages: 48
  • Our Rating: 4.8 out of 5

5. National Geographic Readers: Rosa Parks

This book follows the same standards as other National Geographic Readers with the same careful text, brilliant photographs, and fun approach that kids love.

This book takes a walk through Rosa Parks’ life in a way that is easy for young children to read and comprehend. It walks them through her early life, civil rights in her time, and her struggle on the bus that she became so infamous for.

  • Best suitable for Age: 5 – 8 years
  • No. of Pages: 32
  • Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5

6. I am Strong: A Little Book About Rosa Parks

This friendly, fun biography of Rosa Parks focuses on the traits that made our heroes great–the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves.

The illustrations share Rosa Parks’ iconic bus journey, while the text shares inspirational and empowering messages. The text length and bright colors are ideal for kids.

  • Best suitable for Age: 2 – 5 years
  • No. of Pages: 14
  • Our Rating: 4.6 out of 5

7. I Am Rosa Parks (Penguin Young Readers)

This Rosa Parks children’s book highlights one of our nation’s strongest and influential women who changed the Jim Crow laws. This text tells about Rosa’s childhood, boycotting, and the bravest decision she made that changed the nation forever.

This book can teach kids that when you quit fighting for the rights of humanity, you quit fighting for your sense of living. This book is excellent for older elementary school children.

  • Best suitable for Age: 8 – 9 years
  • No. of Pages: 48
  • Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5

8. Rosa Parks (Mini Movers and Shakers)

This book tells kids what happens when you stand up for what’s right. Mini Movers and Shakers was developed to inspire children to dream big and work hard. Fun, relatable characters in graphic-style books are easy enough for young readers, yet interesting for adults.

Perfect for boys, girls, early readers, primary school students, or toddlers.

  • Best suitable for Age: 3 – 11 years
  • No. of Pages: 38
  • Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5

9. A Picture Book of Rosa Parks

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks tells the important story of Rosa Parks and her life as growing up in the United States as an African American during a very hard time period. It talks about Rosa and her family, all the way to where she refuses to give up her seat to a white person, to how her actions have led us to where we are now.

  • Best suitable for Age: 4 – 8 years
  • No. of Pages: 32
  • Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5

10. If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks

A young girl named Marcie has a magical bus ride where the bus itself tells her the story of the mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks. Because she was black, Rosa had to walk miles to a one-room schoolhouse while white children could take the bus, and as an adult, Rosa could only sit in the back.

But when the day came that Rosa refused to give up her seat, she helped set the wheels in motion for black people to sit where they wanted. Marcie learns all this and more then gets a special surprise at the end of her trip!

  • Best suitable for Age: 5 – 9 years
  • No. of Pages: 32
  • Our Rating: 4.6 out of 5

11. Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights

This book shows kids an instance where a well-known figure stood up for what she thought was right and evoked a change. This picture book tells a different version of the story of the civil rights activist Rosa Parks. The story tells the tale of the bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white man.

The language is easy to understand. The illustrations and the use of colors make the story of Rosa Parks come alive.

  • Best suitable for Age: 7 – 10 years
  • No. of Pages: 40
  • Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5

12. The Story of Rosa Parks

This children’s book is a straightforward telling of Rosa Parks’s action in 1955 that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It uses simple, short words to introduce a very heavy topic; even the youngest readers understand it. It does a wonderful and appropriate job of familiarizing young students with civil rights.

  • Best suitable for Age: 2 – 3 years
  • No. of Pages: 24
  • Our Rating: 4.6 out of 5

13. When Rosa Parks Went Fishing

This brief picture book is a biography of the life of Rosa Parks. It focuses on her childhood and upbringing, family, education. It then goes on to describe when her mother took her to Montgomery, Alabama; she first became aware of segregation at the age of eight.

  • Best suitable for Age: 6 – 8 years
  • No. of Pages: 32
  • Our Rating: 4.6 out of 5

So, these were some best Rosa Parks books for kids that will help your child learn about standing up for what’s right and the importance of speaking up for themselves.

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