Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson



It’s eerie to think that Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson was published two months before the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. The stories are the same; courageous children taking monumental risks to draw attention to atrocities.

This powerful story, illustrated with remarkable images, will inspire readers to make a difference. The Afterword provides ideas to encourage children to volunteer and learn more about important topics.

Illustrator Frank Morrison is extremely talented at illuminating the feelings of each character in the story. We clearly see worry, pain, fear, satisfaction, courage and pride in the facial expressions of the characters.

The back matter includes images of children being arrested and sprayed by a powerful hose.

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Response to Literature

AASL Standards Framework for Learners: Collaborate/Share III.C.2 Learners work productively with others to solve problems by involving diverse perspectives in their own inquiry processes.

Pair this book with I Walk With Vanessa by Kerascoët. Ask the following questions:

  • How are the problems in the stories the same? How are they different?
  • How were the solutions the same? How were they different?

Explain that people stand up to racism in different way. Some people use different forms of art to have their voices heard about an injustice.

Discuss injustices that learners experienced. Brainstorm ideas on different ways to stand up for what is fair.

If you like these lesson ideas, please check out our book Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades. You’ll find ready-to-go lessons with worksheets, rubrics and assessments to use with compelling picture books.


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