Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden

One summer day in 1959, 9-year-old Ron McNair walks into his local public library in Lake City, South Carolina and firmly insists on checking out some books – despite the rules that only white people can have library cards.

From the first pages where Ron is shown skipping breakfast, a doughnut and a basketball game with friends (all to go to the library!), to the end when Ron leaps onto the desk refusing to budge until he gets his books, I love everything about this book. When reading this with my five-year-old, she couldn’t believe there was a time where the color of your skin determined if you could check books out or not. It sparked some powerful family discussions.

And then there’s the librarian who decides to break the law and check out those books to Ron. My heart felt big when I read it.

The pictures are beautiful and so much emotion can be felt through them. The book includes a biographical note on McNair who great up to be an astronaut on the Challenger.

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