Random House Audio Listening Library

Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement with Award-Winning Stories

Commemorate history by listening together. Fifty years after the height of the civil rights movement, sharing literature that tackles issues of prejudice allows teachers, librarians, parents, and children to continue the necessary dialogue about the past, and its impact on our society today.

Christopher Paul Curtis LeVar Burton

Listening Library, award-winning publisher of audiobooks for kids and teens, has created a special CD sampler: Commemorating Civil Rights with Award-Winning Stories. In addition to selected audiobook clips, listen to an exclusive Q & A with Christopher Paul Curtis, author of the award-winning THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM – 1963, and the audiobook narrator, LeVar Burton, as they each discuss how storytelling can impart history’s lessons to a new generation, and how hearing a story read aloud can help foster a love of reading.

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
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Request this useful resource to share with your children, students, or patrons by clicking on the CD image above. Not only will they be able to hear about the beloved The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, with added insight from the author and narrator, but they can also sample other children’s stories that tackle prejudice, racism, and the importance of understanding. These stories are at times humorous, at times heart-breaking, and always inspiring.

Our FREE CD sampler features clips from the following audiobooks:
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Elijah of Buxton The Lions of Little Rock We’ve Got a Job Crow
More important listening suggestions for kids & teens:
Bird in a Box The Freedom Maze Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry The Land A Thousand Never Evers
Recommended adult listening selections:
The Help The Bluest Eye Fraternity The Freedom Writers Diary A Slave No More

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