Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden, illustrated by Don Tate
Here is an inspiring story, based on the life of Ron McNair, growing up in South Carolina in the 1950’s. As a young boy, the future scientist and Challenger astronaut desegregated his public library through peaceful resistance.
- Aware of and exploring meaning of the several aspects of their self and/or group identities (racial, cultural, gender) and the societal messages about them.
- Can identify stereotypes, develop critical thinking skills, and engage in “social justice” activities on issues that directly touch them—in their classroom, school, or neighborhood.
- Many children of five or six (though not all) have had a chance to check out library books, either at school or at their local public library. If your child has not had the opportunity to explore and choose books, this would be a great time to visit your neighborhood library and sign your child up for their own library card. As a big bonus, you will find a wide-ranging selection of books there featuring diverse characters!
- Fill your child in on the many ways black citizens were treated differently at the time Ron was growing up, before many of the civil rights laws were enacted in the 1960’s: separate schools, water fountains, seats in theaters, service in restaurants. Kids have a keen sense of what is “fair” and “unfair” especially at this age.
- Ron stood up (literally, on a desk) for something he believed strongly. As a result of his actions, as well as because of the responsible person he was, changes were made in his community. Can your child think of anything in your community that seems unfair? What actions could your child or your family take to make a difference today?
- Watch How To Change The World (a work in progress) | Kid President with your child. This 4-minute video is full of positivity and inspiration.