Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Pinkney

Title: Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down

Author: Andrea Pinkney

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Publisher: Little, Brown & Co

Published Date: 2010


Sit-In chronicles part of the Civil Rights movement that started in the late 1950s. Four friends that went to a local college went to an only white restaurant and sat at the bar until they were served. This movement soon caught on and black and white students around the country were protesting segregation through sit-ins. Because they were a peaceful group, most law officers didn’t do anything to the protesters. As time went on, more people became enraged with these protests and started arresting the peaceful protestors In the end, the sit-ins became very popular and caught the eye of President Kennedy. Soon segregation was a thing of the past.

I like how easy this book was to read. Yes, it is for children, but it put what happened in simple terms. There is no spin. Just the facts. This lets children and parents make up their own opinions about what happened. The illustrations make the story even better. I like how most of the characters don’t have very distinct features. They could have been your neighbor or friend. It makes you think what if that happened today? Would you stand up for your friend, neighbor, family?

Happy Reading!