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Today marks the 50th anniversary of a Civil Rights milestone: Four African-American college students sat at a whites-only lunch counter in North Carolina and politely refused to leave unless they were served. Their request was granted -- but not until July, after they’d inspired similar challenges across the South.

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down is the perfect book to read to your child today. It explains what happened in kid-friendly language (for example, explaining that when the men ordered donuts, they were instead treated like donut holes -- invisible and ignored), with illustrations that convey the tension of the peaceful yet prolonged showdown. Created by husband-wife team Brian and Andrea Davis Pinkey, it’s a true page-turner -- and an eye-opening look at one of our country’s more tumultuous chapters.

($16.99, Little, Brown, & Company). Ages 8 and up.