Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Children's Books features artwork from over 40 picture books. The illustrations tell the story of how Black people and families were impacted by and resisted racism. The exhibition features civil rights leaders, foot soldiers, and everyday people, and celebrates organized protests as well as day-to-day joys. You will find these books in the reading area in the exhibition, and many of the titles are on sale in the NYHistory Store.

Entrance to Picture the Dream. Photograph by Glenn Castellano

A is for Activist, written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara, Kupu Kupu Press, 2012

A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, Holiday House, 2019

Jerry Pinkney, illustration for A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein. Collection of the artist. © 2019 Jerry Pinkney.

A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Eric Velasquez, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Philippe Lardy, Houghton Mifflin, 2005

Philippe Lardy, illustration for A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson. Collection of the artist. © Philippe Lardy.

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Scholastic, 2020

Bryan Collier, illustration for All Because You Matter by Tami Charles. Collection of the artist. © 2020 Bryan Collier. Used by permission of Scholastic Inc.

Always, Jackie by J. Patrick Lewis and Ronnie Rabinowitz, illustrated by John Thompson, Creative Editions, 2020

As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March toward Freedom by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Raúl Colón, A.A. Knopf, 2008

Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, Philomel Books, 2009

Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, Greenwillow Books, 2008

Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton, illustrated by Raúl Colón, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010

Raúl Colón, Illustration for Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton. Collection of R. Michelson Galleries, Northampton, Massachusetts. © 2009 Raul Colón. Used by permission of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Katherine Tegen Books, 2009

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James, Bolden, an Agate Imprint, 2017

Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights by James Haskins, illustrated by Benny Andrews, Candlewick, 2005

Freedom Like Sunlight, by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by John Thompson, Creative Editions, 2000

Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001

Hands up! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane Evans, Dial Books for Young Readers, 2019

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2011

Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins, illustrated by Bryan Collier, LB Keys/Little, Brown and Company, 2017

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman, HarperCollins, 2018

I Am Enough by Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter Reynolds, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018

I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr., by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2012

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012

If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks, written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold, Simon & Schuster Books for Young People, 1999

John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement by James Haskins and Kathleen Benson, illustrated by Benny Andrews, illustrated by Lee & Low, 2006

Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn, Harcourt, 2000

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018

Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane Evans, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015

Reading area in Picture the Dream. Photography by Glenn Castellano.

Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Leonard Jenkins, HarperCollins, 2000

March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, Top Shelf Productions, 2013

March: Book Two by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, Top Shelf Productions, 2015

March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, Top Shelf Productions, 2016

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, Scholastic Press, 2018

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Hyperion Books for Children, 2001

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Fay Duncan, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, 2018

Milo's Museum by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Purple Wong, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016

My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights by Claire Rudolf Murphy, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Henry Holt & Company, 2014

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III, illustrated by AG Ford, Amistad, 2013

Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change by Michelle Cook, multiple illustrators, Bloomsbury, 2009

Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry, illustrated by Brittany Jackson, Aladdin, 2019

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, Carolrhoda Books, 2010

She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland by Loki Mulholland, illustrated by Charlotta Janssen, Shadow Mountain, 2016

Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, Little, Brown and Company, 2010

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2019

The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Tim Ladwig, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2010

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, written and illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2015

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Earl Bradley Lewis, Putnam’s, 2001

Earl Bradley (E. B.) Lewis, Illustration for The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson. Collection of Harriet and Michael A. Seidman. © 2001 E. B. Lewis. Used by permission of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke, illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd, Hachette Australia, 2016

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, illustrated by George Ford, Scholastic, 1995

George Ford, Illustration for The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles. Collection of the artist. © 1995 George Ford. Used by permission of Scholastic Inc.

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2017

Vanessa Brantley Newton, Illustration for The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist. Collection of the artist. © 2017 Vanessa Brantley Newton. Used by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina, multiple illustrators, Penny Candy Books, 2018

This is the Dream by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, illustrated by James E. Ransome, HarperCollins Publishers, 2006

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackman Lowery, illustrated by PJ Loughran, Penguin Random House, 2015

PJ Loughran, Illustration for Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. Collection of the artist. © 2015 PJ Loughran. Used by permission of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, Candlewick Press, 2015

We March written and illustrated by Shane Evans, Roaring Brook Press, 2012

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson, multiple illustrators, Crown Books for Young Readers

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, Beach Lane Books, 2018

When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson: The Voice of a Century by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick, Scholastic Press, 2002

White Water: Inspired by a True Story by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein, illustrated by Shadra Strickland, Candlewick Press, 2011

Shadra Strickland, Illustration for White Water: Inspired by a True Story by Michael S. Bandyand Eric Stein. Collection of the artist. © 2011 Shadra Strickland. Reproduced by permission of Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA

Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko, New York, 2017

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