The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Posted on 05/13/2020
Photo: Book Cover of The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

"It explores a difficult time in our nation's history and reminds each of us to practice virtues of kindness and acceptance."

Robin Perry Hutchinson, librarian, Hillcrest Elementary


The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Hillcrest Elementary. Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's momma, dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent." When Byron gets to be too much trouble, they head south to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up.  The family will be in Birmingham during one of the darkest moments in America's history.

Editorial Reviews


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"Marvelous . . . both comic and deeply moving." —The New York Times

"This is a book that changes lives. It certainly changed mine." —Kate DiCamillo, two-time Newbery Medalist


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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023