Children’s Book Review: Ruth and the Green Book (2010)

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Gwen Strauss

This was a great children’s book about the historical travel guide The Negro Motorist Green Book, which was written by Victor Hugo Green in 1936 to help Black travellers find friendly lodging and petrol stations while travelling through a segregated, Jim Crow USA. That things like this had to be created because people’s minds were so closed and bigoted is utterly infuriating, but this story itself is very uplifting and shows how Black families and strangers supported each other when no one else would.

A very important book for kids, and great for adults who don’t know much on the topic, too!

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