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Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

Title

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

Authors

Duncan Tonatiuh

Illustrator

Duncan Tonatiuh

Publisher

Abrams Books for Young Readers

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9781419710544

Pages

40 pages

Genre

nonfiction

Format

picturebook

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California.

Grade Level

K-3

Topic

Racial Diversity; Race discrimination; racism; prejudice; segregation

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

Mexican American

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

none

Awards

100 Magnificent Childrens Books, 2014
50 Books about Peace and Social Justice, 2011
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2015
Best of the Best Books, 2014
Choices, 2015
CSMCL Best Books, 2014
Distinguished Books, 2014
Never Too Old: Picture Books to Share with Older Children and Teens, 2014
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2015
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2015
NYC Reads 365, 2015
School Stories: Selected K-12 Literature about the School Experience, 2014
Teachers' Choices, 2015
Alabama Camellia Children's Choice Award, 2015-2016, Nominee Beehive Book Award, 2016
Nominee Bluestem Award, 2018
Master List Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2015
Nominee William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2016-2017
Master List Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2015, Winner Cybils Awards, 2014, Finalist, Non-Fiction Young Adult Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award, 2014, Gold Friends of Children and Literature (FOCAL) Award, 2015, Winner International Latino Book Award, 2015, 1st Place, Best Children's Picture Book (English) Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, 2015, Honor Book, Non Fiction Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2015, Honor Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, 2015, Winner Towner Award, 2016, Nominee, Grades 2-6

Keywords

school integration; Hispanic Americans; Civil Rights movements; court; lawsuit; petition

Diversity Impact

direct

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

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