Books for Young Readers

WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?

From the Prologue:

On Thursday morning, May 2, 1963, nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks woke up with freedom on her mind. But, before she could be free, there was something important she had to do.

“I want to go to jail,” Audrey had told her mother.

Since Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks thought that was a good idea, they helped her get ready. Her father had even bought her a new game she’d been eyeing. Audrey imagined that it would entertain her if she got bored during her week on a cell block.

Between May 2 and May 7, 1963, 3,000-4,000 children–yes, children–marched to protest segregation and to get arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama. Many of them were charged by snarling police dogs and washed down the street by powerful fire hoses. Nevertheless, day after day, more of them–including Audrey Faye Hendricks (age 9), Washington Booker (14), James Stewart (15), and Arnetta Streeter (16)–marched and went to jail.

Why?

HOW CAN YOU LEARN MORE?

STUDENTS
You can meet:

  • THE MARCHERS who tell their stories in We’ve Got a Job.
  • THE HEADLINES–and other PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS–that told the stories in the newspapers while it was happening.
  • THE STORY through a video trailer produced by fourth-graders.
  • THE MUSIC, including “We’ve Got a Job” (Yes, it’s a song!)
  • THE REJECTS
  • ME talking about the book and my research.

TEACHERS
You can find:

  • CURRICULUM GUIDE
  • COMMON CORE ELA Standards Connections
  • LESSON PLANS
  • DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS
  • IDEAS FOR UNEASY READERS
  • INTERVIEWS with me about researching and writing We’ve Got a Job, and
  • MORE available for upper-elementary, middle-school, and high-school classrooms.

Be sure to check out both Peachtree’s We’ve Got a Job website and Peachtree’s We’ve Got a Job Pinterest board. They’re very informative and fascinating!

HOW DID I RESEARCH AND WRITE WE’VE GOT A JOB?

READ AND WATCH VIDEO INTERVIEWS with me about writing the book.

And, WATCH MY VIDEO ABOUT NONVIOLENCE that I delivered at the American Library Association.

“Thank you for helping us share our story with the world. Hopefully, it will help make the world a better place. And if it does it means that our suffering and our effort was not in vain, all those other people love your book, the four of us love you for writing it.” Washington Booker III, January 29, 2013

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT WE’VE GOT A JOB?

Look who endorsed my book (click to see enlarged):

See the Awards that have been bestowed on We’ve Got a Job.

Read Reviews of We’ve Got a Job.

You can buy a hard copy or audio version (or both!) of We’ve Got a Job through Barnes and Noble, an independent bookseller, or Amazon or through Scholastic Book Club.

Please note: If you are an under-resourced school, you can buy books at a deep discount through First Book. To order, click here.