Book Review: So Other People Would Be Also Free by Tonya Leslie, Ph.D.

So Other People Would Be Also Free by Tonya Leslie, Ph.D.

Rockridge Press (October 1, 2019)

Age Range: 8-12 years

Grade Level 3-4

Children’s Multicultural Biographies/Social Activists Biographies/ Women Biographies

118 pages



Discover Rosa Parks’ story―and the power of standing for equality.

Here’s the whole, true story of Rosa Parks’ life―and the spark of change she helped light for the civil rights movement. Unlike other Rosa Parks books for kids, So Other People Would Be Also Free reveals how Rosa’s lifetime of experiences inspired her famous choice―when she stayed seated on a segregated bus to take a stand for racial equality.

Take a walk through her childhood and hear about her struggles as a black woman in midcentury America. Going beyond other Rosa Parks books for kids, this complete story shows how her strong values and bravery as a lifelong activist makes her a role model for fighting injustice.

This illuminating choice in Rosa Parks books for kids includes:

  • A lasting impact―Find out how the world changed during Rosa Parks’ life and the ways her legacy is still alive.
  • Talk about it―Questions in each chapter invite you to share ideas for creating your own change in the world.
  • Real-life stories―History comes alive with accounts of people and events in civil rights that you won’t find in other Rosa Parks books for kids.

Get inspired by Rosa’s incredible accomplishments in So Other People Would Be Also Free―a standout among Rosa Parks books for kids.





Most associate Rosa Parks with refusing to move on the bus. So Other People Would Be Also Free covers Rosa’s life from birth to death. It tells of her experiences that led to her decision on that day. It tells of her strength and bravery throughout her life. She was an activist for most of her adult life. Real life stories and laws are included as well as questions in each chapter to spark discussion. A very well written, informative book told in age appropriate manner. Wonderful read for kids and adults.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (October 7, 2019)

Copy provided by Publisher


About the Author


TONYA LESLIE, PhD is an educational consultant, editor, program developer, professional development service provider, and children’s book author. Dr. Leslie has worked with pioneering institutions such as PBS, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Sesame Workshop, and Girl Scouts of the USA. Read more at





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