A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
True story of a historical Supreme Court case for equality.
Fight for what you believe in. Equality is a legal right.
Positive Role Models
The Lovings risked their lives in the fight for their love to be seen as equal to that of two White people who want to marry.
Violence & Scariness
The Lovings are arrested and jailed, and told they're not worth the same as a White couple.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, by Selina Alko, is a powerful true story about justice and racial equality told in terms simple enough for young readers to understand. This landmark court case is an essential part of understanding the history of race in the United States. The 1967 decision is not in the distant past, and the images of modern cars and cities help keep that in mind. The language is clear and matter-of-fact, which makes the story easy to understand and gives great talking points for discussing racism in everyday life. The Author's Notes at the end of the book offer current insights into marriage equality and more books on the topic.
Is It Any Good?
A sensitive take on a painful topic, this civil rights story unfolds with a gentleness that also acknowledges the real hurt caused by marriage inequality. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage speaks to young readers in clear language that lets young readers discover their own emotions and thoughts on the topic of racism and marriage inequality while not shying away from the pain and injustice in the not-too-recent past. The soft illustrations have a seriousness that perfectly fit the topic, and the Author's Notes at the end of the book are helpful and thought-provoking.
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