Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children's literacy nonprofit organization in the country, so it's no wonder that RIF's CEO, Carol Rasco, is a book lover. What you might not know is that she's also a blogger at Rasco from RIF, and a Round II judge for Nonfiction and Information Picture Books.

SitIn Carol reviews a lot of kids' books, of course, and one of the books she read last year was NFPB finalist Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. A great pick for today's Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, this book tells the story of four young black college students who, in 1960, held a peaceful sit-in at a Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. In her review, Carol says:

There are many books about the civil rights movement, this one brings a fresh approach that will engage young people and not only share the history but instill a greater appreciation for the work of students in creating that history.

Click here to read the full review.