50th Anniversary



WHY: So we never forget

WHO: New York Times bestseller Carole Boston Weatherford, whose books have won a Caldecott Honor, NAACP Image Award, and Coretta Scott King Award and Honors

WHAT: Reading and discussion of the award-winning book Birmingham, 1963

WHERE: K-12 classrooms and teacher education classes on college campuses

WHEN: Fall 2013

HOW: Read the book (lesson ideas).

BOOKINGS: Contact Carole  cbwpoet@gmail.com 

About the book…

In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama was one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Civil rights demonstrators were met with police dogs and water cannons. The eyes of the world were on Birmingham, a flashpoint for the civil rights movement. On Sunday, September 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan planted nineteen sticks of dynamite under the back steps of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, which served as a meeting place for civil rights organizers. The explosion claimed the lives of four little girls. Their murders shocked the nation and turned the tide in the struggle for equality. Here is a book that captures the heartbreak of that tragic day, as seen through the eyes of a fictional witness to the bombing. Pairing archival photographs with poignant text written in free verse, Carole Boston Weatherford offers a powerful tribute to the young victims.

“Searing…. Gorgeous…” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This is a book that should be in every library collection.” —Library Media Connection (starred review)

“An emotional read…intimate and powerful.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“Quiet yet arresting…” —Booklist

“Haunting…” —CCBC Choices (University of Wisconsin)

“…Compelling and touching…” —Multicultural Review


  • Winner of the 2008 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
  • Winner of the 2008 Jefferson Cup Award from Virginia Library Association
  • Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, Books for Older Readers Honor Book
  • Selected for inclusion on Kirkus Reviews’ Editor’s Choice 2007 list
  • Featured in MOSAIC 2007, an annual multicultural literature exhibit hosted by Lincoln (NE) Public Schools Library Media Services. The exhibit featured the best and most current multicultural titles from 2006-2007.
  • Included in the 2008 edition of The Best Children’s Books of the Year, an annotated bibliography from the Children’s Book Committee of Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
  • Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry Honor Book
  • Best Children’s Books of 2008 —Christian Science Monitor


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