Dear Ruby, Hear Our Hearts (Hardcover)
Dear Ruby, I’m very small and trying to be proud of myself like you were. Dear Ruby, I stand up to bullying because I don’t like how they treated you. Dear Ruby, they say girls can’t play sports, but I’m crossing the barrier like you did. Over and over these kids write to Ruby Bridges and say she inspired them- and over and over she replies. This whole picture book is full of sweet letters kids wrote to her saying “I’m like you!” And her reply of “Yes, you are!” Every barrier crossed leaves a kid inspired to do the same, and no one knows it like Ruby. Ms. Bridges, thank you for taking the time to tell these kids they are brave.— Sameah
National civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges responds to letters from thoughtful and concerned young students from across America.
"I've heard their hearts and now share those hearts with you. These pages truly speak to the power of children!" -- Ruby Bridges
Ruby Bridges was the first Black child to attend an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. She established the Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and to create change through education. She traveled across the US, listening to the inspiring voices of young children.
Dear Ruby, Hear Our Hearts is a compilation of letters from concerned young students about today's issues, including bullying, climate change, gun violence, and racism. Reading Ruby's intuitive and inspirational responses, young readers will embrace the courage to be brave, bold, and confident.
My name is Olivia. Thank you for sharing your story. It made me want to be brave and stand up to make a change. You showed me to not give up when something is unfair. You can make it change, no matter what. I bet you were scared just like me. You said that if someone or something is putting you down, you get back up.
My heart heard that, and I am trying to be more like you.
My dearest Olivia,
I am so pleased you wrote to me, especially about standing up. I know all too well how scary it can be to stand up for yourself or even others. Just know it takes a courageous and brave person to stand up, even if you are afraid. It happens to us all!
I am proud of you,
The students' letters and Ruby's responses are powerfully illustrated with dynamic and thought-provoking artwork by John Jay Cabuay.
About the Author
RUBY BRIDGES became a pioneer in school integration at the age of six, when she was chosen to spend her first-grade year in what had formerly been an all-white elementary school. Ruby Bridges now works as a lecturer, telling her story to adults and children alike. She lives with her husband and sons in New Orleans, Louisiana.
John Jay Cabuay is the illustrator of Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley. His illustrations have graced the covers of newspapers, magazines, and book jackets worldwide. He received his MFA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. John Jay lives in New York City with his family.
"The issues that matter to young Americans come alive in Cabuay's energetic illustrations, which make deft use of color and texture." -- Kirkus Reviews
Praise for I Am Ruby Bridges:
* "Any picture book collection tackling the Civil Rights Movement has to start here. Highly recommended for all shelves, this exemplary title for history and biography collections shows how the events of the world impact our youngest citizens." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"A unique angle on a watershed moment in the civil rights era." -- Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Through My Eyes:
"Compelling." -- School Library Journal
"Bridges's words, recalling a child's innocence and trust, are more vivid than even the best of the photos. Like poetry or prayer, they melt the heart." -- Publishers Weekly