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March Book One


March Book One


Nate Powell


Top Shelf Productions


121 pages

Publication Year







Racial Diversity; Race discrimination; Interracial; racism; segregation; prejudice; interracial friendship


This graphic novel is Congressman John Lewis' first-hand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. BookOne spans Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a climax on the steps of City Hall. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington D.C., and from receiving beatings from state troopers, to receiving the Medal of Freedom awarded to him by Barack Obama, the first African-American president.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Family Formation

mother and father

Main Character


Diversity Impact





Best Books for Teens, 2016; Best Children's Books of the Year, 2014; Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2013; Booklist's 50 Best YA Books of All Time, 2017; Choices, 2014; CSMCL Best Books, 2013; Distinguished Books, 2013; Graphic Novels: Selected Titles for Children and Teens, 2013; Horn Book Fanfare, 2013; Horn Book Fanfare, 2015; Marching On: Selected Books about the Civil Rights Movement for Children and Teens, 2013; Notable Children's Books, 2017; Notable Childrens Books, 2014; NYC Reads 365, 2015; Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners, 2014; School Library Journal Best Books, 2013; YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2014; YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2014; YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2016; Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, 2018; Nominee; Arkansas Teen Book Award, 2015; Nominee; Blue Hen Book Award, 2015; Nominee; Georgia Children's Book Award, 2014-2015; Nominee; Georgia Peach Teen Readers' Choice Award, 2014; Nominee; Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List, 2014; None; Read On Wisconsin, 2017-2018; Nominee; Sequoyah Book Award, 2015; Master List; Sequoyah Book Award, 2018; Master List; Virginia Readers' Choice Award, 2015-2016; Nominee; Volunteer State Book Award, 2015-2016; Nominee; Young Hoosier Book Award, 2016-2017; Nominee; The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection; Alex Awards, 2014, Nominee, Teen; Author Awards, 2016, Winner, Young Adult; Coretta Scott King Book Award, 2014, Honor, Author; School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books, 2014, Nominee; Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, 2016, Nominee, Best Publication for Teens


Civil Rights movement; legislators; Rosa Parks; peaceful protesting

Item Type



graphic novel

March Book One