Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963 by Sharon Robinson

Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.

This book follows the year Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, turned 13 years old.  The year is 1963 and also a very important year in the history of America.  Sharon Robinson’s journey is documented in a fascinating and telling memoir. The book also contains several photos of the family enjoying time with other famous civil rights heroes. The Robinson family participated in many of the most important events of the era. But as important as the history is in her journey she was dealing with many other issues of her own. Was it hard being the only one of two African American students at her school? Was it difficult to live in a wealthy Connecticut neighborhood while participating in Civil Rights marches? Pair these issues with many of the other issues that typically challenge a 13 year old girl. This is a great book with an amazing personal insight into a very import time in history.  It is also an endearing coming of age story of a young girl being raised by two wonderful African American parents. These compelling elements make for a great read!

Reviewed by Michelle Zimostrad, Hoyt Library